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 (...)

Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin never experienced sledging on a hurling field in the course of a glittering career. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a game played with sticks it’s less likely that names will ever hurt you, although in his 16 years of intercounty hurling, Henry Shefflin was never(...)

The Kieran’s team celebrate with the Croke cup - their 20th time to win it. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-12 St Kieran’s College (Kilkenny) 1-15The wall of fame at St Kieran’s will have a new addition in the coming days. Kilkenny’(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has described Henry Shefflin as the best he has ever seen. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has paid tribute to retired Kilkenny record holder Henry Shefflin, describing him as the best hurler he’d ever seen.Speaki(...)

Kilkenny trainer Fr Tommy Maher with Ted Carroll, Fr Tommy Murphy and Eddie Keher.

Former GAA president Nickey Brennan has paid tribute to the late Monsignor Tommy Maher, who passed away this week at the age of 92. Brennan, an(...)

Kilkenny trainer Fr Tommy Maher with Ted Carroll, Fr Tommy Murphy and Eddie Keher. He was regarded as perhaps the most influential coach in the game. Photograph: kilkennygaa.ie

The death has taken place at the age of 92 of Fr Tommy Maher, the coach associated with Kilkenny’s emergence as the pre-eminent power in modern hurli(...)

Henry Shefflin has confirmed his retirement form inter-county hurling. Photograph: Inpho 6:24

Henry Shefflin has confirmed his retirement at Langton’s Hotel Kilkenny. He told a large gathering of media and members of the public that his decisio(...)

2011 final : John O’Keeffe and Shane McGrath get up close and personal  – Hard work had certainly brought out a formidable talent but Henry Shefflin had what all great players possess – the confidence and nerve to execute his skills under excruciating pressure

Although it appears obvious now that it’s about to happen, there was uncertainty about Henry Shefflin’s intentions since the end of last week’s All-Ir(...)

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(...)

Referee Colm Lyons shows Jonjo Farrell of Kilkenny a red card against Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny’s Jonjo Farrell has been cleared of striking in the league match with Dublin last month. In a controversial decision during the first half of(...)