Kilkenny’s TJ Reid has been named the GAA/GPA Hurler of the Month for Sepetember. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

“Body language,” says TJ Reid, perhaps not realising he’s spilling some secrets. He’s describing in a roundabout way what turned the All-Ireland hurli(...)

 Kieran Donaghy appeals for a penalty after a clear drag down by Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some All-Ireland finals are the complete football spectacles, and this wasn’t one of them. Conditions didn’t help and the game struggled to come al(...)

Kieran Donaghy: ‘The battling for positions and starting jerseys has been huge all summer. It’s probably the main reason why we’re back in this position . . . We all have to fight for that jersey.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last thoughts of the Kerry football captain in the week of the All-Ireland final: will he or won’t he be starting? How will he handle Rory O’Carrol(...)

Kerry will expect David Moran to capitalise in centrefield against Dublin in the All-Ireland football final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The more things change, the more they say the same. Kerry and Dublin is often described as the dream final. But whose dream? What we can say is that t(...)

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice celbrates beating Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Here they come again. Like all great rivalries, there is always some sense that destiny can’t keep them apart for long. It’s also the one thing Éamonn(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock, son of Barney,  in action against Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The tradition inherent in Dublin-Kerry clashes is embodied in the family connections of the current teams. A brief glance through the semi-final line(...)

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.(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Around 8pm on Friday evening, Brian Cody will assemble the entire Kilkenny hurling squad in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to Nowlan Park. In his (...)

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(...)