Laois manager Eddie Brennan: who knows where he will end up as a manager? He has learned from the best, and he will keep learning because that’s the way he’s always been. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Kilkenny team holiday in 2007 took us to New Zealand, and I found myself rooming with Eddie Brennan. It was just a random pairing – it wasn’t like(...)

Ryan Mullaney leads the Laois celebrations at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, after their victory over Dublin in the All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Laois hurling people, Laois players and all the children that invaded O’Moore Park before, during and after this battle needed someone to spark the in(...)

Laois’ Ryan Mullaney celebrates after his team’s win over Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Laois 1-22 Dublin 0-23 Afterwards a middle aged Laois man turned to his son: “We are used to tears on this pitch, not smiles. Look around you.” Ever(...)

Dublin’s Chris Crummy celebrates after the Leinster SHC round-robin game against Galway  at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 3-19 Galway 0-24 At the end, the Galway crowd turned around the press box and asked and asked. How? What? Why? It took minutes/centuries for t(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: . It was inexplicable, really, that he (Kennedy) decides to catch the ball. It was certainly unprecedented. So I wasn’t happy about it, no I wasn’t.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-23 Dublin 1-21 Bizarre. Unbelievable. Inexplicable. Unprecedented. Brian Cody was left feeling a little BUIU in the immediate aftermath o(...)

 Kilkenny’s TJ Reid will look to claim scores from distance against Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Leinster SHC round one Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 7.0 For all of the excitement around the place about how Kilkenny’s injur(...)

Dublin’s Sean Moran in action against Limerick’s Peter Casey. The Cuala defender plays an important role in Dublin’s system. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare. That stunning drive from the entrance gate up to the 18th century Manor House. Passing sun-drenched golfers as the(...)

Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick is challenged by Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell with during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-16 The warm afterglow of Limerick’s All-Ireland was undimmed in Nowlan Park on Sunday after a more comfortable win over Dublin(...)

Mattie Kenny’s Dublin saw off Laois at Parnell Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 0-13 Laois 0-11 It’s still relatively early days under new Dublin manager Mattie Kenny but a positive pattern of coming good in testing circum(...)

Dublin’s Jake Malone is tackled by David Burke and Gearóid McInerney of Galway during the Leinster SHC round-robin at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 0-26 Dublin 2-19 Galway needed every one of Jason Flynn’s 11 points to shake off the challenge of Dublin in the Leinster hurling championship (...)

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