How big a loss will Joe Canning prove to be to Galway’s Leinster ambitions. Photograph: Sportsfile

Jackie Tyrrell Who will come out on top in the Munster and Leinster round-robins? Tipperary, Clare and Limerick in Munster. Galway, Kilkenny and Dub(...)

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(...)

 Dublin’s Liam Rushe: he  has a rare combination of bulk and speed, and on Sunday he had the attitude to go along with it.   Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

My very first All-Ireland final was in 1991. I was nine years old. I went with my dad, and we stood on Hill 16 and watched Tipperary beat Kilkenny. We(...)

Dean Rock: “Any opportunity that I possibly get I’m going to try to play for Dublin.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There was a time when the name Dean Rock looked like it might get filed away in a dusty folder marked ‘forgotten’. Talent wasn’t so much the issue – (...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher and Dan McCormack crowd out  Donal Burke of Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19 Ger Cunningham’s three-year spell as Dublin senior hurling manager came to a shuddering halt as the Sky Blues suffered a 2(...)

Dublin’s Chris Crummey with Gearóid McInerney, Johnny Coen and Joseph Cooney of Galway during the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 On a better weekend for favourites, frissons were in short supply in Tullamore. League holders Galway stamped their auth(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring  a goal against Waterford recently.  Michael Ryan’s team is humming along nicely for this time of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday Division One A Dublin v Waterford, Croke Park, 5.0 [Live, eir sport 2] – During the extraordinary turnabout in fortunes in Páirc Uí Rinn tw(...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe nips in to claim the sliotar ahead of Cork’s patrick Horgan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-14 Dublin 2-19 A fired-up Dublin side survived the dismissal of Chris Crummey after 56 minutes to register a superb win over Cork in Division (...)

Waterford’s Conor Gleeson has impressed with the senior side this season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The intercounty hurling spotlight shines on Thurles again this weekend where the under-21 semi-finals take place on Saturday evening. Last Saturday n(...)

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