Liam Rushe

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Cork’s Jack O’Connor charges through the Dublin defence during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

My routine when I landed into Croke Park was always one of structure and process. I was a creature of habit. I got security from whatever nuggets of f(...)

Limerick’s Diarmuid Byrnes with the Mick Mackey Cup after winning  the Munster    championship final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In 2019 Tipperary came out of the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick having probably played a lot worse than they did this Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and the(...)

Danny Sutcliffe: has made decisive contributions for Dublin in the championship victories over Antrim and Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With the clock just having turned the hour in Dublin’s league match against Laois back in May, Danny Sutcliffe was back on his own 20-metre line, rifl(...)

Dublin’s Chris Crummy celebrates after the victory over Galway at Parnell Park in June 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They should have more to them, the Dublin hurlers. That’s always how it feels, isn’t it? By now, by this stage, it all ought to be further along. The (...)

Cathal Mannion in full flow against Cork. His form is   key for Galway  as his loss in the semi-final last year was so crucial. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The league is over. The championship is more or less here. Nobody is going to get any fitter or stronger by the time the first ball is thrown in next (...)

Dublin’s Chris Crummy celebrates after the Leinster SHC round-robin game against Galway  at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 3-19 Galway 0-24 At the end, the Galway crowd turned around the press box and asked and asked. How? What? Why? It took minutes/centuries for t(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Galway’s Johnny Coen in action during last week’s Leinster championship clash at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster SHC round five Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 7.0 One difference between great teams and good teams is that the former seem capa(...)

Wexford full back Liam Ryan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster SHC round three: Galway v Wexford Throw-in: 4pm, Sunday. Venue: Pearse Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times GAA Sunday liveblog will begi(...)

Carlow’s Martin Kavanagh was impressive against Galway in Salthill. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

SUNDAY Leinster SHC round two Carlow v Kilkenny, Netwatch Dr Cullen Park, 3pm A committed and heartening performance by Carlow last week in Galway (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: . It was inexplicable, really, that he (Kennedy) decides to catch the ball. It was certainly unprecedented. So I wasn’t happy about it, no I wasn’t.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-23 Dublin 1-21 Bizarre. Unbelievable. Inexplicable. Unprecedented. Brian Cody was left feeling a little BUIU in the immediate aftermath o(...)

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