Denis Walsh

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Carlow’s Sean Whelan celebrates victory while Offaly’s Pat Camon shows his  dejection after the Division 1B relegation play-off at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Back in early October 1995, within weeks of Clare having won a fabled hurling All-Ireland, they headed to Tralee for round one of the hurling league, (...)

John Kiely: bids to lead Limerick to their first All-Ireland senior hurling title since 1973 when they take on holders Galway at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The RTÉ radio documentary, Who Fears to Speak of ’98 got a rerun at the weekend. Originally broadcast in 2008 on the 10th anniversary of the hurling s(...)

Waterford’s Dan Shanahan is chased by Séan Óg Ó gAilpín during the National Hurling League final of 1998. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The nadir for Waterford was probably those two Munster finals in 1982 and ’83. Cork won both by 31 and 19 points, respectively. Reminiscing starkly (...)

David Fitzgerald, now Wexford manager, at the launch of the Allianz League. People felt his reign in Clare had come to a natural end. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

It’s now two decades since hurling’s ‘Revolution Years’, to borrow author Denis Walsh’s phrase, and what has cast the mid-90s into such stark relief h(...)

Pauric Mahony leads the Ballygunner celebrations after victory over Passage East in the Waterford senior hurling championship final at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

There were times Pauric Mahony perhaps wondered if he’d ever see these days again. Lying on the flat of his back looking down on a badly broken leg (...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath bows his head in dejection  near the end of his side’s Munster senior hurling final hammering by Tipperary in Limerick two weeks ago.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The road back for Waterford isn’t long, but it could be hard. The county faces Wexford in this weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-finals in Thurles, having(...)

A Cork county hurler in action. Defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his funeral were told today.

Cork defender John Horgan (66) was one of the greatest hurlers of all time and a decent and honourable man both on and off the pitch, mourners at his (...)

Shane Dowling of Na Piarsaigh celebrates at the final whistle Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh 2-18 Ballygunner 2-11 The AIB Munster club hurling final in Thurles was won for the third time in five years by Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh. (...)

 David Cunningham of Glen Rovers attempts to gather possession in yesterday’s AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final against Ballgunner in  Walsh Park, Waterford. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

To the bafflement of even their supporters in a meagre if symmetrical crowd of 1,414 at rain-lashed Walsh Park, Waterford champions Ballygunner mounte(...)

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Viewed from a distance of two decades, maybe the most remarkable thing about the hurling summer of 1995 is just how unpromising it was roundly agreed (...)

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