Kieran Joyce

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Limerick celebrate their victory over Waterford in last season’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. They need to make subtle changes in personnel, positional switches  and tactics to keep the opposition guessing. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpoho

The months after you win an All-Ireland are the rollercoaster of a lifetime. Liam MacCarthy goes to so many social occasions, he has his own separate(...)

Waterford’s Jack Prendergast tries to shake off  Limerick’s  Seán Finn during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

What have Kieran Joyce, Walter Walsh and Taggy Fogarty all got in common? Answer: they’re three players who came in from no-man’s-land on Kilkenny pan(...)

Dublin players warm up before the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo in 2016.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was shortly before 4pm on the first Saturday of October in 2016. The Mayo team were out on the grass in Croke Park, sauntering around like teams sa(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Leinster players celebrate Andrew Porter’s winning try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 33 Connacht 29 On a perfect December night at a throbbing RDS, this was a stupendous comeback by Leinster, indeed the fightback of true cham(...)

Perpignan’s Irish outhalf Paddy Jackson will face Connacht on Friday night. Photograph: Getty Images

Paddy Jackson will play in Perpignan’s Challenge Cup match against Connacht in France this weekend. The former Ulster and Ireland outhalf will start (...)

Bundee Aki: one of three Ireland internationals welcomed back to the Connacht side for the game against Perpignan. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

European Challenge Cup: Connacht v Perpignan Kick off: 3pm. Venue: The Sportsground. Back-to-back wins on what was by all accounts a hugely successf(...)

 Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy is among the subs for Saturday’s Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return — a benefit match for Amanda Stapleton.  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

On the weekend of the All Stars, Saturday will see nearly 30 of them in action in Borrisoleigh where Tipperary and Kilkenny will renew rivalry in a be(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion and Richie Leahy of Kilkenny in action during the drawn Leinster final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paudie O’Neill, then a Tipperary selector, remembers the aftermath of the drawn All-Ireland final in 2014. It had been a fireworks display of a match,(...)

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