Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the final equalising point in an incident-packed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 1-30 Clare 1-30 [After extra time] Clare had lamented for the past five years their inability get back to Croke Park and Saturday’s extra(...)

Clare’s managers Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney look on as Galway’s Joe Canning leaves the field the injured. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Down in the tunnel on Saturday night, everyone was Verbal Kint. You were nothing if you didn’t have a limp. Johnny Glynn hobbled by with enough ice st(...)

Galway’s Conor Whelan and Jonathan Glynn with Paul Murphy of Kilkenny during the Leinster final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The surest sign that the world has changed is that this Leinster final replay turned out as it was supposed to. Time was, Galway would be spooked and (...)

Conor Whelan celebrates after Jonathan Glynn  scored Galway’s opening goal in the Leinster final replay at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was a brilliant contest at the height of summer and hugely enjoyable. All the tension and anxiety was gone from Galway’s game – despite the omino(...)

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue and  Kilkenny manager Brian Cody during the Leinster final replay at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The sun blazed, the hurling caught fire. Down in the tunnel Micheál Donoghue has a bit on his mind. Not usually the voluble type, he uses his victor’s(...)

Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon tries to get away from Clare’s David McInerney and Seadna Morey at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Lohan

Two provincial finals in one afternoon and reaching for the old chalk and cheese to sum them up feels a little inadequate. Probably better off going(...)

Galway’s Conor Whelan wins a high ballduring the Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-18 Galway 0-18 Draws and replays: there are always some for whom they beat the alternative but working out who got what out Sunday’s Leins(...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell: for a player who is so brilliant at securing possession, he is so frustrating in his reluctance to shoot. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

After the headlong gallop through the first part of the hurling championship, there’s a small bit of a break now for everyone left standing to take st(...)

Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy and Tipp’s Jake Morris  watch on  as the  substitute’s shot hits  the post in a pivotal moment during yesterday’s game. Photograph: James Crombie

You could say that Tipperary were unlucky, hitting the post at one end and, as a direct result, conceding a goal at the other but it’s been the whole (...)

It’s a big weekend for Waterford. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Leinster SHC (Round Five) Kilkenny v Wexford, Nowlan Park, 7.0 (Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena) This rivalry has becom(...)

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