Patrick Maher scores Tipperary’s first goal against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final: All the Tipperary forwards, while playing artistically and intelligently, also got stuck in and dug out a draw when losing seemed to be on the cards for them. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Though Kilkenny have done it all before, the Munster side have it in them to finish more efficiently

Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin of Clare celebrate victory at the end of the All-Ireland Hurling Under-21 Championship Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Banner county’s high achievers have reached the top on hard work and dedication

Kilkenny and Tipperary will again have to go toe to toe after their All-Ireland hurling final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Again the extention of intercounty championship is taking toll on club competitions

Kilkenny’s Brian Kennedy and  JJ Delaney in action against Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Latest Kilkenny v Tipperary showdown will produce its own, as yet unscripted, dynamic

The Wexford hurlers’ championship odyssey was one of John Allen’s highlights this year and he is delighted to welcome Liam Dunne and his team back into the “almost contenders” section for next year’s championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Life beyond management and a small ball and a stick made of ash as I savoured other pleasures also

“Twitter carried the news that Henry was available to play in the semi-final game against Galway. Brian, though, not one of the Twiteratti I’d guess, held him in reserve.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Cats boss has used his legendary star sparingly this season and continues to prioritise the team – and All-Ireland glory

Patrick Maher: will give Cork’s Marc Ellis a real test. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

High-scoring game likely in which back lines set to play decisive part

Limerick will require top-notch displays from the likes of Paul Browne, here scoring a goal against Wexford, if they are to prevail on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

But superior strength on the bench could tilt the balance in favour of Brian Cody’s side

Dublin manager Anthony Daly shows his frustration as his charges go down meekly to Tipperary at Thurles in the All-Ireland quarter final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

All the positive vibes and quality training sessions cannot guarantee big-day performances

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