Michael Fennelly

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Richie Hogan: one of the best players in the country and certain to be a key man for Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Here we are: the two best teams in the country ready to go head-to-head for the All-Ireland title. Kilkenny, even with the loss of so many decorated (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody watches the teams at Croke Park: the Black Cats have not dazzled with their usual quality this summer. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Sunday, 3.30pm. RTÉ 2, Sky Finals are always a clash of competing narratives. For want of better imaginations, we m(...)

Brian Cody: has ample experience of all the pressure associated with the biggest day in the hurling calendar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The All-Ireland final day experience is one any serious hurler wants to encounter at least once. In terms of hope and expectation the teams and mana(...)

Students in Kilkenny get ready for the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. File photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The cat, so to speak, is out of the bag. Yes, there’s a minibus of hurling supporters setting off from Kilkenny on Sunday ahead of the county’s quest(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer celebrates his goal against Galway in the semi-final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The difference between Tipperary and Kilkenny, by Lar Corbett. Richie Power did have hurling sliced away from him at 30 while last season Corbett kne(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, speaking ahead of Sunday week’s All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary, doesn’t subscribe to the commonly held tene(...)

Waterford’s Conor Gleeson has impressed with the senior side this season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The intercounty hurling spotlight shines on Thurles again this weekend where the under-21 semi-finals take place on Saturday evening. Last Saturday n(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring his  goal. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 Like some weird game of chicken, this high-wire All-Ireland hurling semi-final may have been all the more exhilarating for(...)

Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly and Pauric Mahony of Waterford shake hands after last Sunday’s thrilling drawn semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

From the start of the season a Tipperary/Kilkenny final was being forecast. Both teams had inauspicious enough finishes to their league campaigns but (...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath  said in a pre-match interview that his team had decided to go for it, and they came out with all guns blazing:  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

It took its time arriving, but this was a worthy match of the season and the best in even longer than that. I was delighted that Waterford finally opt(...)

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