Cillian Buckley: “It’s turning into a fierce game of athleticism and fitness. It’s probably suiting me, and it is a place I enjoy playing.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s now 31 days and so many hours since Kilkenny collected their 70th Leinster hurling title without much fuss, and it would appear that several posi(...)

Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice with selector Diarmuid Murphy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice gave a small smile when asked if he expected that scoreline when he walked out the door of his house in the morning. Seven goals(...)

Fermanagh’s Marty O’Brien takes to the air against Dublin’s Alan Brogan at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Age of Shocks is over. Dublin and Kerry moved remorselessly on to the All-Ireland semi-final after a quarter-final double-bill which contained a (...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper palms home the first of his two goals in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kildare at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10 A nearly perfect afternoon for Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice saw the champions rack up a record score for an All-Ireland qu(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Tomás Ó Sé: “They just seem like a team if you get on top of them very early they’ve no Plan B and they’ll just lie down.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manna from heaven for Brian Cuthbert. The words of no better man than Tomás Ó Sé could be pinned on the wall of the Cork football changing room. A mo(...)

 Mayo footballers, senior Cillian O’Connor, minor Barry Duffy, and Kilkenny hurlers, minor Tommy Walsh and senior Michael Fennelly at the launch of the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor championshhips at Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Fennelly has emerged as a fitness concern ahead of Kilkenny’s Leinster hurling semi-final against Wexford in Nowlan Park this Sunday. A lowe(...)

Colm Cooper returns to the Kerry starting XV for the first time since the 2013  All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Finally, after 16 months not without a few set backs, Kerry’s Colm Cooper returns from a ruptured cruciate and fractured kneecap. The eight time All S(...)

The intercounty retirements of Brian Hogan, Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh are a huge loss, not just to Kilkenny, but hurling at large. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

At last hurling championship time is with us. In the closed season (Yes, I know, what closed season?) we’ve been kept mildly entertained by the usual (...)

Who will win this year’s Championships? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Keith Duggan Chief sports writer Is Gaelic football, as a spectacle, doomed? The opposite is true. There are six or seven credible Al(...)