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(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney battles with Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the difficult conditions at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We’ll wring more years out of this Kilkenny side yet. For the 13th season of Brian Cody’s 16 in charge, they will see out the summer in Croke Park in (...)

Richie Hogan of Kilkenny scores his side’s first goal during the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17They may have missed the big day in 2013, but Kilkenny showed their championship credentials haven’t diminished.The Cats ro(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: has been impressed by a dogged Limerick side. Photograph:  Inpho/Cathal Noonan

August falls and Kilkenny are where they want to be. This time last year they were kicking their heels, watching from afar as the big festivals of the(...)

Brian Cody led his Kilkenny team to Leinster final victory over Dublin this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Brian Cody has rejected the characterisation of Dublin’s players as “manufactured hurlers”, condemning the phrase as condescending and completely wro(...)

 Colm Cooper’s role with Kerry has been embraced by James O’Donoghue. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

My colleague Ken Early suggested in the Irish Times yesterday that, as far as the Brazilian media were concerned, the injury to Neymar which has ruled(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates the breakthrough  Leinster final win over Galway last summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Anthony Daly talks about a player being “mad for road” that normally means they’re going in the right direction. For Danny Sutcliffe that road i(...)

TJ Reid scores the first of his two goals past Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan during the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17Kilkenny restored order to their season having made all the right changes before this evening’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-fin(...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell and Andrew Smith of Galway square up last week at O’Connor Park. Smith and Iarla Tannian will have to ensure they focus primarily on their hurling in the replay if Galway are to prosper. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It became a cliché going into last week’s match that Galway are unpredictable but even so what happened still managed to surprise. As I said immediate(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning celebrates scoring the memorable late equalising point in the pulsating Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny at Tullamore. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the chief characteristics of hurling is the manner in which it can take relatively small differentials on the field and turn them into substant(...)