John Mcgrath

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Seamus Callanan of Tipperary and  Kilkenny’s  JJ Delaney  during the All-Ireland final replay in 2014.  Every man was going to do a proper man-marking job that day. If air or light could get between you and your man you weren’t tight enough.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

After 21 minutes of the Tipperary versus Waterford game on Sunday there was a frantic piece of action in the middle third of the field in Thurles. Var(...)

Cork’s Aidan Walsh and Shane Kingston contest for the ball with Richie English and Dan Morrissey of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 1-26 Limerick 1-19 Uh, oh! After a few ominous scraping noises, Limerick’s unsinkable championship status hit the iceberg just at the end of th(...)

Waterford’s Shane Fives and Shane O’Donnell of Clare: John Conlon’s early goal for Clare was a thumb on the scale that Waterford couldn’t outweigh. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Dispatches from the Munster Hurling Championship, Version 2019. With Tipperary storming Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Clare getting the job done in Walsh Park,(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s first goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-28 Cork 1-24 Redemption, as Liam Sheedy cautiously remarked, takes more than a day but Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh was as uplifting a star(...)

Tipperary’s Mickey Cahill in action against Cork’s Shane Kingston during the Munster championship clash at Thurles.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A season can change in a half-time break. It’s happened before and it will happen again. I don’t know what was said in the Tipperary dressingroom on S(...)

John McGrath: barely touched the ball in the first half yesterday before being untouchable in the second. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At half-time in Thurles yesterday, the throaty roar of the Cork support had basically no opposition. Tipperary supporters, as though shell-shocked by(...)

Cork’s Bill Cooper tackles Patrick Maher of Tipperary in their Munster championshop clash in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-20 Cork 1-23 Two rounds in and the Munster championship is turning into exactly the nest of vipers everyone hoped for. Three of the teams(...)

Tipperary’s Donagh Maher goes up with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The biggest GAA weekend of the championship to date drew the crowds and provided plenty of talking points. Munster’s hurling championship, held sacred(...)

Jason Forde: was the outstanding player in the country in the league and merits a place in Tipperary’s starting championship attack.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How do you put together a forward line? Plenty of intercounty teams are sitting down now in the middle of May, the summer on the table in front of the(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody watched his team win another national title on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Like the old line about the French Revolution, it’s too early to say what the 2018 National Hurling League tells us about anything. Kilkenny are the (...)

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