Wexford’s Kevin Foley: his senior distractions have now been removed

Wexford need this. There’s clear evidence they have superior hurlers to Kilkenny who have been in a slump at this age grade since 2012. Wexford are a(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham: “We’d be pushing hard for the Galway supporters to come out and drive this team on, as there is something to build on.” Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For all the clamour that follows Joe Canning’s marvellous goal, a Galway defeat followed because of superior performances by many more Kilkenny than G(...)

Mark Collins reacts with dismay as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty for Kerry in the Munster final in Killarney. photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry won last year’s All-Ireland title with a late and audacious high-wire act and there was more trapeze artistry to be seen in Killarney as they he(...)

Kilkenny minor team celebrates with the trophy after defeating Dublin in the Leinster final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 1-17 Dublin 1-15 A late surge saw Kilkenny defend their provincial title after narrowly overcoming Dublin in their Electric Ireland L(...)

Kilkenny’s Joey Holden in action against Wexford’s Conor McDonald. The full back will face a stiffer test against Galway’s Joe Canning at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny v Galway What strikes me about Galway so far is that they have a method to their play, are getting quality ball into the full forwards(...)

Joe Canning no longer has to carry Galway forward line on his shoulders. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is always a sense that we’d have long given up on Galway hurling were it not for the occasional pound of flesh they extract from Kilkenny. Th(...)

Ger Aylward scores a goal against Wexford. “Never any doubt in my mind that he would play at some stage,” says Richie Hogan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It wasn’t those ageing doyens that kept Ger Aylward at bay. Nor was he the best kept secret of Kilkenny people. Just held up by circumstances beyond h(...)

Kilkenny held on against Carlow at Dr Cullen Park to reach the Leinster U’21 hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

Kilkenny 2-14 Carlow 2-12 Carlow Under-21 hurlers put in a storming second half display, outscoring hot favourites Kilkenny 2-4 to 0-5 in a rousing Bo(...)

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his third and his side’s fifth goal at yesterday’s Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny and Tipperary may have been late into the action in this season’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship but their respective performances a(...)

Liam Dunne: “We expected a lot of ourselves. We felt we were very well prepared. But obviously some things weren’t right.” Photo: James Crombie/ Inpho

“We were fierce unlucky, weren’t we,” said Liam Dunne, calling on the black humour which has sustained Wexford hurling on days like this. A rough week(...)