Mark Schutte  has been a revelation so far, Dublin’s key man, consistently outstanding from the off. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Previous form for both counties can be largely discarded because true form can only come out of this game. Victory at Croke Park will kick-start eithe(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh holds off Colm Galvin during his side’s narrow victory over Clare. Photogaph: Inpho

If that wasn’t the first real sniff of summer, then God help our senses. The weather wasn’t bad either, although both Kilkenny and Clare must meet aga(...)

Galway and Kilkenny players battle for possession during the Allianz Division 1A Hurling League match  at Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 0-20 Kilkenny 0-18The prodigal from Portumna returned to settle nerves and a league win for Galway against the All-Ireland champions on a turbu(...)

Cork’s Daniel Kearney tries to get clear of the challenge of Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork 2-17 Kilkenny 1-22 For years we’ve nodded sagely at the idea of Kilkenny’s pre-eminence being based on deathless competition for places and yet s(...)

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(...)