Rower Inistioge star Kieran Joyce  pictured at the launch of the AIB GAA Club Championships in Dublin. “We’ve only come up from intermediate last year, and I suppose that still creates a good bit of momentum and excitement.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nearly one month later and Kieran Joyce is still trying to figure out how he ended up man- of-the-match in the All- Ireland hurling final replay. Jo(...)

 Henry Shefflin is introduced as a late second-half substitute against Tipperary. Cody has opted to start the nine-time All-Ireland winner on the bench again for the replay. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Less than an hour after his incandescent championship debut in the 2012 All-Ireland final replay against Galway, Walter Walsh responded to a question (...)

Kieran Joyce: named at centre half instead of  Brian Hogan in the Kilkenny team to face Tipperary in the All-Ireland SHC final replay. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kilkenny make three changes for Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling final replay against Tipperary in Croke Park but Henry Shefflin’s bid for a 10th All(...)

Kilkenny manager  Brian Cody: during his 16 championship reign his sides have been taken to a replay on five occasions. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny walk a well-trodden path at Croke Park on Saturday. No county has been involved in as many drawn hurling finals and this weekend will be the (...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody issues instructions to his players during the drawn All-Ireland final against Tipperary  at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny walk a well-trodden path at Croke Park on Saturday. No county has been involved in as many drawn hurling finals and this weekend will be the (...)

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher battles with JJ Delaney and Tommy Walsh of Kilkenny in the 2012 All-Ireland SHC semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The final pieces fell into place last night with the expected news that Henry Shefflin would start his bid for a new record, 10th All-Ireland medal on(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made three changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final, drafting Eoin Murphy, Walter Walsh and Richie Power into th(...)

Kilkenny’s Brian Kennedy and  JJ Delaney in action against Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the evening of the Cork-Tipperary semi-final I made a late afternoon visit to a well-known palatial Tipperary hostelry on Fleet Street on the south(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Kilkenny’s Water Walsh: will pose a big threat to Galway’s ambitions in the Leinster senior hurling semi-final at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

From the beginning of his still young hurling life, Walter Walsh has been the square peg around whom managers have decided to reshape round holes. Vi(...)