Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett during the Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both Tipperary and Waterford can take something from this but, importantly, they have room to improve before the All-Ireland series and will need t(...)

Tipperary’s Shane McGrath kicks the sliotar  forward as he’s challenged by Waterford players during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 To say the 125th GAA Munster hurling final was nondescript isn’t to belittle a competitive encounter in which favourites(...)

Colin Dunford stays one step ahead of James Woodlock during  Waterford’s league semi-final win over Tipperary at Nowland Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford have been in many ways the team of the year so far and I was mightily impressed by them in the semi-final when they should have beaten Co(...)

Jason Forde in action for Tipperary against Limerick in the Munster senior hurling semi-final.  Making   his first provincial championship start, Forde scored 1-3 from play. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was a phase a couple of seasons back when every year people expected Waterford to fall back into the time-honoured rhythms of going into hurl(...)

Seamus Callanan: “he’s toughened up and his confidence has just grown”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

With five Munster hurling titles to his name, John Leahy can afford to question Tipperary’s now three-year wait since their last one. Although that w(...)

A view of Sunday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

Economic Bubbles The aesthetic highlight - for Tipperary supporters and neutrals, anyway - of the Munster semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds was (...)

Branden Grace watches his tee shot on the 10th hole as a structure fire burns outside of the golf course during the third round of the US Open at Chambers Bay. Photo: Matt York/AP

“Ah, it’s a duck-shoot at this stage, Marty,” Anthony Daly sighed as Kilkenny were racking up a score almost as high as Tiger Woods at the US Open, Da(...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea at the Gaelic Grounds: “I thought we held our nerve when they came back at us and showed a lot of resilience.  The experience gained over the last couple of years has been really good for us.”  Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Treacy

Well, explain that. Limerick were playing at home in front of the biggest crowd this Munster championship fixture has seen in over 10 years. Limerick(...)

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 4-23 If the sound of Tipperary talking themselves up during the week occasionally came across as a little forced, everyone was(...)

Tipperary will hope Padraic Maher gets on the front foot against Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So, round three for Eamon O’Shea and Tipperary. You would easily forget looking at the bookies’ odds that it’s Limerick who have won the two so far(...)