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 Greg Murphy, formerly of Cork and now with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna and a sub on the 2018 All-Stars, is tackled by Cork’s Patrick Horgan  at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

2018 All Stars 9-16 2019 All Stars 8-9 Showcasing what we must assume as axiomatically greater hunger, the 2018 PwC All Stars beat their 2019 counter(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan receives a red card from referee James Owens. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has been suspended for one match for the red card shown to him during August’s All-Ireland hurling final. Following thei(...)

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(...)

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