Nicky English

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Rory O’Connor in action against Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. “We slowly started pucking the balls down on top of the Tipp lads, making nearly All-Stars out of them.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s a throwaway remark that Rory O’Connor doesn’t mean to sound quite so cutting though the timing of it, a few days after the All-Stars, is too fitt(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Brian Hogan claims his first Hurling All  Stars awards and follows in the footsteps of his father, Ken, who won one in  1987. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Though there are occasionally years in which the announcement of the hurling All Star team causes a stir around the place, 2019 is unlikely to be one (...)

From left, former hurlers Nicky English, Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton, and Conor Hayes and former footballers Colm O’Rourke, Larry Thompkins and Denis ‘Ogie’ Moran at Croke Park yesterday where they were inducted into the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

In the wake of Dublin’s five-in-a-row success, their 29th All-Ireland win, former Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice looked to the bigger, and slightly(...)

This weekend marks 21 years since TJ Reid’s first appearance in an All-Ireland programme.

On Sunday, TJ Reid captains Kilkenny into the All-Ireland final. It’s a fitting finale to his year. He has been outstanding on the unlikely journey th(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle in 2006. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

2006 All-Ireland final – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13 Cork were in hot pursuit of a three-in-a-row but as favourites hadn’t beaten Kilkenny since 1978. Co(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid battles with Stephen McDonnell of Cork during their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Three teams came to Croke Park looking for some form of redemption and another on a lap of honour, which they duly achieved with flying colours, but o(...)

TJ Reid is Kilkenny’s main danger man. Who can look after him for  Cork? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At the start of the year I was really impressed by Cork’s prospects but the very first game against Tipperary created doubts for me because I was surp(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath eludes Limerick’s Richie English  during the Munster championship clash at Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Borrowing a metaphor from another sport, there was an element of shadow boxing to events in Thurles, a phony war where neither eventual winners Tipper(...)

TJ Reid: has been in superb form and will pose Wexford major problems in the crunch encounter at Wexford Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Even if the quality of hurling hasn’t been as impressive in the second year of the experimental championship, it’s hard to argue with a last weekend t(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan and Sean O’Donoghue with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane  during the recent Munster championship clash when Cork  tuned the tables on their All-Ireland semi-final conquerors in emphatic fashion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It hasn’t been a great start for Waterford. For whatever reason, they didn’t spark until too late against Clare and couldn’t catch up. Then they sho(...)

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