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Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan walks past his manager Brian Cody after being red carded. Photograph: Inpho

Brian Cody is sure Richie Hogan’s red card was the decisive moment in Sunday’s All-Ireland final, but warns that to blame him for the defeat would be (...)

Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor and Tipperary’s  John McGrath grappling  during the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary 3-25 Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary burst out of a deluge and into the brightness of a third All-Ireland title in a decade for the first time sinc(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett lies injured following the incident with KIlkenny’s Richie Hogan which  resulted in a red card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody is loathe to linger on Richie Hogan’s red card. He knows that this, possibly retaliatory, act ruined Kilkenny’s chance to deny Tipperary a (...)

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy can’t stop Séamus Callanan of Tipperary scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 3-25 Kilkenny 0-20 In their imaginations, every Tipperary game ends like this. Score after score dispatched from all angles and distance, e(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh comes under pressure from Tipperary’s Séamus Kennedy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland SHC final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, Croke Park, 3.30 After all of the liberation theology of the past two years, Sunday’s All-Ireland hurlin(...)

Referee James Owens during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final between Kilkenny and Cork. Photograph: Inpho

James Owens will referee this year’s All-Ireland hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny on August 18th. While Carlow’s Patrick Murphy will offi(...)

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick 1-28 Clare 0-13 “Inconceivable.” John Kiely doesn’t choose the word lightly, the Limerick manager pausing for deeper thought when asked abo(...)

The nature of this year’s league actually did Limerick no favours. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On this Sunday nine weeks ago, we had the ultimate Phoney War take place in Croke Park when Waterford and Limerick met in the league final. Go back a(...)

Waterford’s Shane Fives and Shane O’Donnell of Clare. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 1-20 Waterford 0-22 For ages, this game loped along in perfect indolence, like it was any other hurling match in any other competition. John Co(...)

Limerick’s Mike Casey keeps a close eye on Galway’s Jonathan Glynn during the key match-up in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s nothing like the day after an All-Ireland win. The slagging, the sense that nothing is a hassle, the satisfaction that runs through every conv(...)

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