Jackie Tyrrell

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Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh celebrates at the full-time whistle of the  All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Lugh Lamhfada travelled to Tara to ask to join the Tuatha Dé Danann. The doorkeeper refused to let him in unless he had a skill that would be benefici(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle in 2006. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

2006 All-Ireland final – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13 Cork were in hot pursuit of a three-in-a-row but as favourites hadn’t beaten Kilkenny since 1978. Co(...)

Brian Hogan: with Pádraig Walsh in imperious form, you’d expect that down the middle of the Kilkenny defence will be a no-go area for the Tipperary ’keeper. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Between now and Sunday week, Kilkenny and Tipperary will be analysed from thousands of angles by thousands of people with thousands of opinions. There(...)

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty breaks past Seán O’Brien of Tipperary in their Munster final victory at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

We stood around in a circle, tightly-knit in Nowlan Park as the last of the baking summer’s day sun beat down on us, a mixture of Vaseline and sweat d(...)

Tipperary’s Barry Heffernan, Padraic Maher, Ronan Maher and goalkeeper Brian Hogan in action against Clare. Tipp look driven this year and that’s when they are at their most dangerous. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In any sport – and especially in hurling – six inches might seem like nothing. In a game where the ball can travel 100 yards in one go and lads can ru(...)

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(...)

Séamus Flanagan celebrates the superbly-worked   Limerick goal which effectively put paid to Dublin’s chances in the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

During the week I tweeted a picture I took during the Limerick v Dublin semi-final last Sunday. It came after Kyle Hayes caught a puck-out, leading t(...)

Conor Boylan in action for Limerick against Kilkenny  at Nowlan Park. The  average age of a young Limerick side augurs well for the county’s future prospects. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always tricky making long-term projections in a short-term context. Jackie Tyrrell’s comments last week about not seeing Limerick in the top thr(...)

Limerick’s Conor Boylan in action against Tipperary earlier this month. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Limerick head to Nowlan Park tomorrow looking like they’ve wintered in a health spa. The only team in Division 1A with two wins from two, the best poi(...)

Former Limerick hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy in attendance at the Laochra Gael launch at the Dean Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

To be talking seriously about hurling before Valentine's Day always feels thoroughly indecent but some subjects are unavoidable. Limerick’s breakneck(...)

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