Dublin’s Chris Crummey with Gearóid McInerney, Johnny Coen and Joseph Cooney of Galway during the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 On a better weekend for favourites, frissons were in short supply in Tullamore. League holders Galway stamped their auth(...)

Galway’s Johnny Coen gets the measure of Tipp’s  Seámus Kennedy in the league final. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

In recent years, before a ball is thrown in, I’ve been anticipating an open hurling championship, only to look back with hindsight when it’s all over (...)

Galway’s Daithí Burke loses his hurl as he battles for possession with Tipperary’s John McGrath in the league final in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nothing summed up the hurling league, which wrapped up on Sunday, quite as succinctly as the reaction of the two managers after a final that provided (...)

 Galway’s Jason Flynn scores the first goal of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14                    &nbs(...)

Galway captain David Burke receives the cup from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Whatever way you called this league final, you didn’t call it this way. If you imagined one team winning by 16 points, you didn’t reckon on it being G(...)

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan: defeat will “hurt nobody more than our players, but it’s done, that’s all we can say about it now”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If most people were more than surprised by the manner and dimension of Galway’s league final victory over Tipperary, it’s safe to assume that few foun(...)

 Darren Gleeson saves a shot from Jason Flynn during Tipperary’s heavy NHL final defeat to Galway. Photgraph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14 For the third year in a row, the Allianz Hurling League goes to a team from Division 1B. For the first time since 2010, Ga(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher clashes with Joe Canning  during the 2016 All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Canning and his fellow Galway forwards will look to put the Tipp defence on the back foot on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I always think a league final is two games in one. There’s the game for the trophy and the game for what’s coming over the rest of the year. One is ab(...)

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Jason Forde of Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Even when Davy Fitzgerald isn’t the story, he’s the story. His talent for attracting the spotlight is one of the few things we can be reasonably sure (...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath celebrates scoring  a goal against Waterford recently.  Michael Ryan’s team is humming along nicely for this time of the year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday Division One A Dublin v Waterford, Croke Park, 5.0 [Live, eir sport 2] – During the extraordinary turnabout in fortunes in Páirc Uí Rinn tw(...)

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