Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrell and Tipp’s Patrick Maher struggle for possession with Paul Murphy in close attendance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport is a soft touch for mythologising, Gaelic games among the softest and within GAA hurling to a greater degree than football. It’s a frequently he(...)

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I don’t think anyone can accuse me of exaggeration in suggesting this was one of the truly great games of hurling . . . possibly the best final EVE(...)

John O’Dwyer gestures to the referee for calling the Hawk-Eye into play after a late free for Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 The place went from tumult and as gripping a conclusion to an All-Ireland final as had been seen to the sense of silen(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan tussles with goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden of Kilkenny during yesterday’s All-Ireland final draw at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It ended like no other All-Ireland, 81,179 sets of eyes trained on the screens at either end as Hawk-Eye kept us in suspense. Which was appropriate en(...)

 Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary at close quarters in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland hurling finals have become boundless in their capacity to delight and crush but even as the teams and supporters gathered their senses bef(...)

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett gets away from Paul Murphy of Kilkenny during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Sometimes the mercurial among us are perfect. But some days they wake from slumber with a coldness, uninspired and unable to rediscover greatness. (...)

Patrick Maher scores  Tipperary’s goal during  the  All-Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28When the heart-rate returns to something approaching normality, when the adrenaline fades and we all slide back to our wor(...)

Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh is chased down by Tipp’s Kieran Bergin

These teams are virtually inseparable. I don’t believe this is going to be a match where one team doesn’t turn up or one team runs away with it. As ev(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final, drafting Eoin Murphy, Walter Walsh and Richie Power into th(...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)