Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is favourite for the Hurler of the Year award after an exceptional season with club and county. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny and Galway share the biggest presence on the short list for the GAA GPA All Stars, sponsored by Opel. Both All-Ireland finalists have (...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates as he leaves the Croke Park pitch after yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final win over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If you’re the kind who likes your symbolism served heavy-handed, it was easy to appreciate the fact that TJ Reid was the one who made the game’s last (...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Eoin Larkin tackle Padraig Mannion of Galway during Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

See them as they stand on another Monday morning: this band of brothers. Irish sport has seen nothing like the Kilkenny hurling teams which have pl(...)

Joe Canning’s uncharacteristic late miss denied Galway the chance to get back into the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

1. Galway setting the mood and tempo early on: particularly in the attack, their forwards seeming to switch positions with each passage of play. Jo(...)

Kilkenny captain Joey Holden lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after his side beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18 It started with the promise of a memorable contest but by the final whistle Kilkenny had proved beyond quibble their endurin(...)

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.(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning. He now has an attacking orchestra to lead rather than performing solo. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Nothing concentrates the mind as much as coming face-to-face with a significant opportunity. This weekend Galway have the county’s best chance of brid(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Richie Hogan: former player Derek Lyng must now instill confidence into the players: Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“When you get out there, perform well, and you win an All-Ireland, there’s no greater feeling than that,” says Derek Lyng. Although now that Lyng ha(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion. “People are saying ‘he scored five points against Cork; he scored five more the last day against Tipperary. How is he doing that’?” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

It may have slipped past the radar but Galway will be present for both minor and senior All-Ireland hurling finals on Sunday. It’s only the seventh ti(...)

Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – except when it comes to Kilkenny hurling. Because the one constant in preparing for this their 14th All-Ire(...)