Ballyhale manager Henry Shefflin during the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship final against James Stephens.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The falling of the year naturally gives itself to elegy and if the Irish reputation is for dealing well with death, the GAA epitomises it. All around (...)

Ballyhale’s Colin Fennelly celebrates after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-21 James Stephens 1-15 On a sharp, sunny afternoon in Nowlan Park, All-Ireland champions Ballyhale re-asserted their local domi(...)