Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan scores his second goal against Cork during the All-Ireland senior hurling  semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So much for the revolution. So much for brave new dawns and hurling’s new wave and a sport turned on its head. So much for the old ways being gone and(...)

Cork’s Bill Cooper tackles Tipperary’s James Woodlock during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 Tipperary and Cork brought their famous local rivalry to Croke Park yesterday and drew a record attendance of 68,728. To the(...)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy in action against Tipperary during the 1985 Munster senior hurling final – widely regarded as his finest display for Cork. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two years ago when Cork and Tipperary last met in the senior hurling championship, the match in Páirc Uí Chaoimh was worth two historical footnotes. T(...)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Long and successful All-Ireland lineage. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the verge of his 60th birthday, how bracing it is to note that Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s first All-Ireland semi-final appearance came 41 years ago next (...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer soars high over a posse of Dublin players, including Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton, in yesterday’s game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Prepare the good room, unpack the best china. The hurling championship has four teams left and it’s blue-bloods only. No riff-raff, as Basil Fawlty wo(...)

Cork’s Paudie O’Sullivan celebrates his goal against Limerick last Sunday with Patrick Horgan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For a fortnight last January, Paudie O’Sullivan sat in St James’s Hospital in Dublin, each day bleeding into the next with no firm word on when it wou(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Tom Condon of Limerick clash in yesterday’s Munster Hurling Final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

For all the entertainment value in the Munster final I’d have to damp down my pre-match belief that Cork and Limerick were potentially the two best te(...)

Séamus Harnedy celebrates scoring his side’s crucial opening goal against Limerick during the Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

One last dance by the Lee, then, and if it wasn’t quite the hoedown the old place wanted the locals will take it all the same. Two sides chugging alon(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy greets  Limerick boss   TJ Ryan after the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the fuss we made over Clare’s All-Ireland, the team on the receiving end got forgotten. A group of players that had to go home and lick their woun(...)

Cork’s Pa Cronin and Donal O’Grady of Limerick at close quarters in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Twelve months ago this was a genuinely surprising Munster final in a momentous season by the end of which both teams had been beaten by the new All-Ir(...)

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