TJ Reid: “There certainly won’t be any pictures going up on the walls saying ‘Ger Loughnane this and Ger Loughnane that’”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If Ger Loughnane is to be believed, then Kilkenny wouldn’t be winning anything these days without TJ Reid – although the player himself disagrees with(...)

Walter Walsh in action against Clare. Walsh played in all of Kilkenny’s league and championship games last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Every team has their own ambition going into Allianz Hurling League, and for Kilkenny it’s about ending the drought. After three successive league tit(...)

Richie Power: celebrates one of his many goals on big days in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hurler of the Year TJ Reid has said that Kilkenny colleague Richie Power’s retirement came as no surprise and revealed how his career was celebrated b(...)

Richie Power has announced his inter-county retirement. Photograph: INpho

Kilkenny hurling stalwart Richie Power has announced his inter-county retirement. 30-year-old Power has been forced to call time on a stunning career(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Typical of Brian Cody to keep staring straight ahead even when looking back, because when reflecting on All-Ireland hurling title number 11, the Kilke(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: his record speaks for itself: 11 All-Irelands. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

We’ve been here before, singing Kilkenny’s praises, and it looks like we’ll be here again. There is no end to what Brian Cody’s men achieve on the hur(...)

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only when Brian Cody starts listing off the reasons why Kilkenny should not have won this All-Ireland title can we fully appreciate why they did. Cod(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)

Galway forward Jason Flynn: “I don’t think many players are remembered if you don’t win an All-Ireland; it’s as simple as that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Six days after playing a central role in Galway’s incandescent All-Ireland semi-final win over Tipperary, Jason Flynn was back in maroon. The under(...)

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

As the drip-drip news of Kilkenny retirements came over the winter, the caveat went that only JJ Delaney would be departing the scene as a starter.(...)