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Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates his goal at Croke Park on Sunday.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The writing was on the wall at an early stage. We knew that this final was going to be about Limerick because if they brought their best, their A game(...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch celebrates winning the Munster title. He will likely cause Cork a lot of bother on Sunday. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In one key respect, Limerick go into this All-Ireland final with an advantage. They have been here before. They know the terrain and they know how to (...)

Limerick’s Barry Nash and Shane Kingston of Cork, two players more than comfortable with the new demands of modern hurling. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The recent retirements of Joe Canning and Brendan Maher as well as Cork’s eclipse of Kilkenny last weekend have signalled the end of an era. It’s be(...)

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(...)

Cork’s Shane Barrett celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork and Clare was always impossible to call: proven battlers against potential and it stayed that way up until the 74th minute. Kieran Kingston must (...)

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes celebrates scoring a goal against Cork. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Limerick 2-22 Cork 1-17 Limerick will contest their third Munster hurling final in a row after a deserved eight-point semi-final win over Cork at Sem(...)

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 (...)

The nature of this year’s league actually did Limerick no favours. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On this Sunday nine weeks ago, we had the ultimate Phoney War take place in Croke Park when Waterford and Limerick met in the league final. Go back a(...)

Tipperary’s Jason Forde in action against  Colm Spillane of Cork in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Conor Wyse/Inpho

Tipperary 1-24 Cork 1-21 Tipperary manager Michael Ryan believes the intensity of Division 1A can bring out the best in teams. His men are now prepa(...)

John Meyler: “It’s a process of being competitive, getting in new players, trying to fill a few gaps wherever you saw weaknesses last year.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Meyler was at the last loose end he is likely to see in a while. A Sunday afternoon in early February, nowhere to be, nothing to see – or at leas(...)

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