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(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Around 8pm on Friday evening, Brian Cody will assemble the entire Kilkenny hurling squad in the upstairs meeting room adjacent to Nowlan Park. In his (...)

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Don’t look back. It’s the same beginning, every year, because the last thing Brian Cody wants to talk about before an All-Ireland hurling final is the(...)

“Eoin, barring something else happens, will be available for selection. There’s no doubt about that, and we have no concerns about Eoin’s participation.”

Brian Cody has “no concerns” over Eoin Larkin’s participation in the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday week. Larkin sustained a hand injury at train(...)

Wexford’s James Owens will referee his first senior All-Ireland hurling final next month. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford’s James Owens will referee his first senior All-Ireland final when he takes charge of Kilkenny and Galway in next month’s final. From the Ask(...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan wins the ball ahead of Padraig Mannion of Galway to score his sides second goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We are in the midst of the greatest Canning era yet 2015 has not been the summer of Joe. There have been memorable moments, sure, like the wonderful, (...)

Richie Hogan is still a tower of strength for Kilkenny hurlers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

It’s been an eventful week leading up to the first of this year’s hurling All-Ireland semi-finals with injury rumours swirling around Kilkenny and (...)

Brian Gavin has been cleared to referee Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford. Photograph: Inpho

Referee Brian Gavin will be free to officiate in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford after he was cleared of verbal(...)