Henry Shefflin

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 Michael Walsh: “You can argue about an All-Star or Team of the Decade or something like that but you can’t argue with Henry Shefflin having 10 All-Irelands.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A reluctant hero? It’s fair to say Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh ticks that box. You’ll know him as the Waterford hurling great who was included on just abou(...)

Joey Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks holds the cup aloft after the All-Ireland club hurling final win over Borris-Ileigh at Croke Park. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Change the dates, change the opposition, it makes no odds. Ballyhale and Corofin remain what they are, the dominant club teams in their respective cod(...)

Ballyhale players celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 0-18 Borris-Ileigh (Tipperary) 0-15 On a memorable weekend for Kilkenny hurling, Ballyhale Shamrocks made history by b(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly scores the first of his two goals during the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club  Hurling Championship semi-final at Páirc Esler in  Newry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-24 Slaughtneil 2-19 Reigning All-Ireland club hurling champions Ballyhale Shamrocks bared their teeth in Páirc Esler with a gr(...)

Slaughtneil’s Christopher McKaigue: ‘No matter how it goes, we can say that we faced three of arguably the greatest club hurling teams from the last 15 years.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When Chrissy McKaigue talks about Slaughtneil wishing to gain national recognition, he is driven by ambition yet confronted by the painful reality tha(...)

St Mullin’s Marty Kavanagh is tackled by Joe Fitzpatrick and Jack Kelly of Rathdowney-Errill in the Leinster club   championship semi-final at  Cullen Park, Co Carlow. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

The story goes that Marty Kavanagh, still just 10 years of age, was spotted training with St Mullins by the Carlow minor manager, whose breath was tak(...)

TJ Reid scored 2-14 as Ballyhale Shamrocks thrashed St Martin’s. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 5-19 St Martin’s (Wexford) 1-16 We are reliably informed that Ballyhale Shamrocks would prefer to be referred to by th(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Brian Hogan claims his first Hurling All  Stars awards and follows in the footsteps of his father, Ken, who won one in  1987. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Though there are occasionally years in which the announcement of the hurling All Star team causes a stir around the place, 2019 is unlikely to be one (...)

 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(...)

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