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Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during the victory over Cork in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

LIMERICK 3-32 CORK 1-22 In 2018 Limerick hurlers fulfilled the dreams of their put-upon followers by bringing back the All-Ireland for the first time(...)

 Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty celebrates after the final victory over Cork. “There’s no selfishness on our team. The man in the best position gets the ball 99 times out of 100. That’s the way it has to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the end of the first quarter, Cork were bent double, like a boxer whose opponent had spent the last round working the kidneys. They had responded (...)

Declan Hannon lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after Limerick’s  All-Ireland Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Limerick 3-32 Cork 1-22 Whatever happened to nervous Limerick? Edge-of-the-seat Limerick? The Limerick that couldn’t bear to look, that watched from (...)

On several occasions against Waterford Tom Morrissey was able to get a good touch with his hand and then unshackle himself with physical power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There’s no doubt that Cork are on an upward swing and that the win over Kilkenny will have accelerated that. They have a couple of things going for th(...)

Cork line out for the national anthem ahead of the semi-final against Kilkenny. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

1 Patrick Collins Patrick Collins Club: Ballinhassig. Age: 24. Occupation: Garda. Debut: 2021 v Limerick. A really improved goalkeep(...)

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 Conor Cahalane and Séamus Harnedy celebrate the win over Dublin at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cork 2-26 Dublin 0-24 Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston challenged his team to improve further after Saturday’s win over Dublin secured a first Al(...)

Tim O’Mahony scores Cork’s first goal during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork 2-26 Dublin 0-24 Cork won a first All-Ireland hurling quarter-final since 2013 as they had eight points to spare over Dublin at Semple Stadium o(...)

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 (...)

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