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(...)

Kerry’s David Moran in action for Kerry against Donegal last summer. Photo: Inpho

There is something strangely illicit about meeting the Kerry footballer on Cork territory. The men most wanted by border control. The enemy let slip t(...)

John Meyler: says current structures aren’t serving the development of hurling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Appointing retired players from successful counties to mentor teams is among the measures the GAA needs to consider for the development of hurling.Jo(...)

Paul Geaney: “We showed great character in the games we needed to win or needed to get results in. So that’s a positive to take.”

If league success mattered a whit, Eamonn Fitzmaurice would be regarded as one of the worst Kerry managers in quite a while. Three campaigns, three f(...)

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy has been a central figure for the county so far this season. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Up the road they rumble, the All-Ireland champions and the team who have become a mystery again in the months since. Just where are Kerry at?“Our cham(...)

Conor McManus scored 0-6 as Monaghan came back to beat Kerry in Tralee in the Division One Allianz Football League game. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Kerry 0-10 Monaghan 1-11Monaghan stormed Tralee to end a barren spell of 27 years without a victory in the Kingdom and put themselves right in semi-fi(...)

Henry Shefflin leaves after the press conference announcing his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho. 6:24

It is too early for him to absorb now, but in years to come Henry Shefflin might come to see his final week as a Kilkenny hurler as one of his most ex(...)

His marksmanship, his ball-winning, his passing, his tenacity, his temperament and, perhaps best of all, his instinct for delivering the plays that simultaneously steeled his Kilkenny team mates and withered the belief of opposing counties. He worked like a demon and hit hard. He made Kilkenny seem invincible. 6:24

Sixteen years at the heart of the fastest game and it has gone by in a flash. Noon tomorrow – March 25th – will find him sitting in Langton’s hotel(...)

Henry Shefflin celebrates with fans of Ballyhale Shamrocks after the All-Ieland club final victory over Kilmallock. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Another All-Ireland heads for Kilkenny. It’s not Ballyhale’s fault but their three most recent finals have been relatively bloodless affairs and in fa(...)