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Jim Gavin: declared that the performance against Tyrone “just hadn’t been good enough” and that it would “obviously not help the players that were out on the pitch – that’s for sure”.   Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Saturday night. In darkness. A season that had gone unexpectedly badly results in the title being lost amidst worrying performance levels. There is an(...)

Wexford’s Liam Ryan with Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny as referee Alan Kelly falls to the ground. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Another Sunday of lamentable weather presented hurling to be endured more than enjoyed. When the blizzards cleared, it was Cork and Kilkenny who found(...)

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern scores a point against Kilkenny. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Wexford 1-19 Kilkenny 1-12 This is not a pursuit for serious folk. If mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, what does it say for the rest(...)

Clare’s John Conlon: “If he is just out for the four weeks and back then, that could really stand to John for the summer because he got a nice bit of league time under his belt and looked very sharp,” said Daly. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Anthony Daly hits his stride quickly. After a quick, self-deprecating ‘what do you want to talk to me for?’ he settles into hurling talk, from the spe(...)

Joey Holden: “I’ve no doubt that we’ll be a match for any team we meet later in the championship.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a sign of hurling’s changing times that a return to Croke Park for Joey Holden brings queries about Kilkenny’s difficulties there. The defender’(...)

Limerick manager John Kiely: expecting his side to get back to full strength after injuries. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

After all the shadow-boxing, the hurling league moves on to something approaching full-contact sparring this weekend. While it will still be a fair di(...)

Tipperary’s James Barry and Pádraic Maher challenge for possession with Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Tipperary 0-17 Kilkenny 0-18 When Brian Cody took over as Kilkenny manager 20 seasons ago, Tipperary led the league count against their great rivals (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody reacts during the  defeat to Limerick at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Here was indisputably an event. The All-Ireland champions against the league holders on a fine, spring afternoon in Kilkenny attracted 11,283 to Nowla(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring the first goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 Kilkenny 0-15 Limerick 2-18 The rising graph of Limerick hurling was maintained in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Sunday. As All-Ireland champions an(...)

Castleblayney’s Fergal Rafter: “The reason that I stuck at it and probably anyone in Blayney too is that it does need a core group of lads driving it.” Photograph: Fintan McTiernan

On the face of it, the All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling final in Croke Park tomorrow needn’t detain anyone for any longer than it takes to note the fix(...)

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