Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway share the biggest presence on the short list for the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel. Both All-Ireland finalists have (...)

 Jonathan Glynn gathers the ball from his tap over before scoring Galway’s  first goal  in the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22 So not for the first time Galway hurling shows up in an unlikely disguise. Only not in the often half-dressed fashion of (...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Conor Lehane scored Cork’s opener in their Round 1 qualifier win over Wexford. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford 0-20 Cork 2-22 “Was it that long?” asks Jimmy Barry-Murphy, with his gentlemanly smile, when informed Cork went 20 minutes of the second half (...)

Séamus Harnedy: the return of their primary ball-winner will be a significant boost to Jimmy McCarthy’s Cork side. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

This is the qualifier that appears to hold out the best chance of an upset. That perception rests on Cork’s tailspin in recent times and the – at t(...)

Maurice Shanahan celebrates after scoring a goal for Waterford in the Munster SHC semi-final against Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21   The evidence of Waterford’s arrival as a potent force in senior hurling hardened in Thurles, as Derek McGr(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrates at the final whistle of the league final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Time moves differently in the hurling life. Noel Connors is still just 24 but as the Waterford players celebrated on a damp afternoon in Thurles on Su(...)