Liam MacCarthy

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Conor Boylan in action for Limerick against Kilkenny  at Nowlan Park. The  average age of a young Limerick side augurs well for the county’s future prospects. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always tricky making long-term projections in a short-term context. Jackie Tyrrell’s comments last week about not seeing Limerick in the top thr(...)

Cork’s senior star Mark Coleman in action against Tipperary during the Munster U-21 final win over the Premier County at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 5.30, Sunday It’s adding up to a tough weekend for Tipperary. They face into an All-Ireland against Cor(...)

Clare’s John Conlon and  Shane O’Donnell in action against Richie English of Limerick during the Munster championship clash at Cusack Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Home advantage has proved a significant and consistent factor in the new championship format. Clare were the only team in Munster to win away – (...)

Colm Callanan celebrates victory in the  2017 All-Ireland senior hurling championship final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

It’s hard to think of a more redemptive All-Ireland story and Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan, who at 35 is coming back for another AHL season, can id(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning looks on as his late point wins the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against  Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Highlight It’s a terrific picture: Joe Canning has hit a winning point from virtually the first row of the Cusack Stand in the last seconds of injury(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan scores his side’s first goal against Mayo in this year’s football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Yesterday was a significant day for the GAA, although the news that the association probably won’t be called on to host rugby matches in the 2023 Worl(...)

Three gold GAA All-Ireland hurling winners’ medals, crafted by hand  in Bluebell, Dublin, are held by  MMI employee Paul Fox. The company, established in 1939, makes medals, government seals, military insignia and sporting awards and trophies.   While the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire cups are returned every year, the members of the winning hurling and football panels get to keep the medals.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

All-Ireland hurling final preview: Sunday, 3.30pm. Croke Park. On TV: RTÉ2, Sky Sports History can have the effect of freezing you in its headlights.(...)

Waterford’s manager, Derek McGrath, celebrates with Philip Mahony after defeating Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

The undertow from the football waves crashing down from the weekend tends to wash away some of the attention the hurling final would have got in the p(...)

Tony Keady (white helmet) and Ollie Kilkenny put pressure on Tipperary’s Pat Fox during the 1987 All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The news about Tony Keady being taken suddenly and seriously unwell on Tuesday hit like a thunderbolt and his passing two days later at the age of 53 (...)

Brendan Maher and his Tipperary team-mates will put their All-Ireland title on the line against Galway at Croke Park. Photgraph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a tribute to the triumph of hope over experience in Tipperary. Having failed since 1965 to string together even two All-Irelands, some in the c(...)

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