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Cork’s Patrick Horgan has scored a combined total of 46 goals and 1,026 points in his intercounty career. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The last thing Cork hurling captain Patrick Horgan will need or want reminding of is his remarkable scoring tally from over the years. Going into Sund(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action against Dublin in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium on July 31st. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

A few weeks back, on a Friday night, John Meyler took himself down to watch Sarsfields play Glen Rovers in a county league game. It was in the middle (...)

Lee Chin gets above Wexford team-mate  Ciarán Kenny  and Clare’s  Peter Duggan to claim possession during the  All-Ireland qualifier replay at Wexford Park in July 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It may well have been Davy Fitzgerald’s first time in a Wexford dressingroom and it wasn’t especially pleasant for him. As Clare manager, he had gone (...)

Referee James Owens prepares to show Clare’s Aidan McCarthy a yellow card during the Munster semi-final in  Limerick. Owens will tell the meeting of his colleagues what he saw at the time and what guided his action. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Why don’t they leave hurling alone? It was grand the way it was. These sentiments are in essence the response of many hurling followers to the sort of(...)

Barry Kelly says that James Owens and other referees haven’t had anything like the usual number of matches to acclimatise to the new hurling rules for championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former referee Barry Kelly has said that he remains in favour of measures to combat cynical play even though the current sanction, which proved contro(...)

Clare’s David Reidy and Aron Shanagher vie  with Barry Heffernan of Tipperary for the sliotar. Photograph: Inpho

This was impressive by Tipperary. I thought they looked in good shape and more dangerous than they have in a while. If you use Bubbles O’Dwyer as baro(...)

Tim O’Mahony:  Cork’s  big weapon is pace and they have it everywhere from O’Mahony, who’s an outstanding player at wing back, to Jack O’Connor in the forwards. However they will need goals if they are to trouble Limerick. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

League form was always going to be particularly suspect this year and so it proved last weekend. Waterford signed off in great form by beating Tipper(...)

Brian Lohan issues instructions to his players during the quarter-final victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We forget, in the case of Brian Lohan, that these are still the very early days. It’s true that in intercounty terms he is not a young manager. Indee(...)

Tony Kelly: inspirational star played a key role for Clare in the victory over Waterford  in the Munster hurling championship quarter-final at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sunday’s action on the first weekend of the GAA championship season did something to redeem the awful tumbril roll of Saturday, as the condemned were (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan is challenged by  Galway’s Seán Kelly during the Allianz Football League Division 1 South game at  St Jarlath’s Park in Tuam. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s nearly a bit comical to hear people raving about the quality of the football since the start of the league. It’s every week now, game after game,(...)

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