Shane Kingston celebrates scoring during Cork’s epic win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 Don’t worry. There’ll always be hurling. And there will always be Cork. Kieran Kingston’s side came to Semple Stadium with(...)

After their National Hurling League win over Tipperary, will Galway keep their eye in this summer? Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jackie Tyrrell 1. The league is the league, the championship is the championship . . . what are we to make of it all? Galway as genuine contenders? (...)

Galway’s Johnny Coen gets the measure of Tipp’s  Seámus Kennedy in the league final. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

In recent years, before a ball is thrown in, I’ve been anticipating an open hurling championship, only to look back with hindsight when it’s all over (...)

Cork’s Seamus Harnedy tackles Michael Cahill of Tipperary. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Any player or manager will tell you the perfect pre-championship pitch lies somewhere between fear and self-belief, between uncertainty and self-confi(...)

Davy Fitzgerald and his Wexford charges will not be letting up against Laois on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE PREVIEWS SUNDAY (3.0 unless stated) DIVISION 1A, ROUND FIVE Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park – Derek McGrath’s monologue duri(...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett feels the heat from  Mark Ellis and Colm Spillane of Cork during the Allianz Hurling League Divison 1A match at Walsh Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford 1-13 Cork 1-21 Cork all but guaranteed top-flight status for next season thanks to a surprisingly routine victory over a Waterford side hu(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring  a goal against Waterford recently.  Michael Ryan’s team is humming along nicely for this time of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday Division One A Dublin v Waterford, Croke Park, 5.0 [Live, eir sport 2] – During the extraordinary turnabout in fortunes in Páirc Uí Rinn tw(...)

Ger Cunningham’s Dublin beat Cork on Saturday night, a result which shows the unpredictability of the top flight. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The age of unreason In a brief contribution to WLR commentator Kieran O’Connor’s match broadcast in Waterford on Sunday I said that if the US had emb(...)

Patrick Horgan in action for Cork against Limerick’s Stephen Cahill  in the Munster Senior Hurling League at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

If Patrick Horgan always appears to be baffled when he reflects on the state of Cork hurling and its slide in the past couple of years, he has good re(...)

Jack McCaffrey: played a big role in UCD’s defeat of Dublin at Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There’s nothing like a new rule to add sulphur to the pre-season competitions. The introduction of the mark into inter-county football this month has (...)

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