Anthony Daly

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 Stephen Hiney of Dublin, right, gets to grips with James Woodlock of Tipperary during yesterday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When you win, you can talk. You don’t have to throw an elbow but you can stand up with your back straight and your chest out and let it be known you a(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer soars high over a posse of Dublin players, including Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton, in yesterday’s game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Prepare the good room, unpack the best china. The hurling championship has four teams left and it’s blue-bloods only. No riff-raff, as Basil Fawlty wo(...)

Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It is into the stadium of ghosts as the All-Ireland hurling season moves on to Thurles town, giddy with its own unpredictability and brilliance. At le(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe tries to tackle Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley in the Leinster hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

He did not intentionally reference Sinatra but Danny Sutcliffe, the Dublin hurler, knows the next challenge could define the Anthony Daly era or exte(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

Dublin coach Anthony Daly during the Leinster hurling final againt Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The great imponderable is you just don’t know. Some days the flame burns magnificently, on others dampness blankets everything. “This is the nearest (...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

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