Tipperary players gather round referee Colm Lyons after he awarded a penalty to Waterford during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The early signs were ominous for Tipperary and that’s how it turned out. Waterford were just better, including in areas where I believed Tipp had an e(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores his side’s first goal of the game during the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 4-28 Tipperary 2-27 Liam Cahill’s spin cycle of emotions were fully displayed at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday after his adopted county end(...)

Waterford’s Neil Montgomery scores his side’s fourth goal  during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 4-28 Tipperary 2-27 A stoppage-time goal by substitute Neil Montgomery helped Waterford’s advance to a second successive All-Ireland semi-f(...)

Waterford manager Liam Cahill is seen by many as the heir apparent to Liam Sheedy in Tipperary. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s no revelation to say that the All-Ireland quarter-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is hard to call with the added spice that Waterford manager Liam Cahi(...)

Waterford’s Jack Fagan celebrates scoring the first goal of the game during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier against Galway at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 1-30 Galway 3-20 Sixteen points is a dangerous lead in hurling as Waterford found that out in Semple Stadium on Saturday. The Déise fans g(...)

Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois last November. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The most improved Waterford hurler this year has been Jack Prendergast. He has grown from being a bit-part panel player to a really consistent perform(...)

Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates after the game at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Limerick 0-30 Waterford 0-19 Two years after they had bridged the 45-year gap to their previous All-Ireland, Limerick delivered an awesome display to(...)

1 Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner) Age: 29 Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 13st Occupation: Bank official Having a decent season. Early error against Clare but (...)

Galway’s Seán Loftus shakes hands with Limerick’s Adrian Breen after the game. Photograph: Inpho

There was one break from recent tradition. For the past two years, we’ve walked out of Croke Park on the Saturday evening of the All-Ireland hurling s(...)

Jack Prendergast of Waterford tries to get clear of the challenge of Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan  during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Waterford 2-27 Kilkenny 2-23 A scattered assortment of stadium operatives, media and the two entourages from Kilkenny and Waterford found themselves (...)

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