Nicky English

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Tadhg Coakley in action for Cork against Kilkenny in the 1979 All-Ireland minor hurling final.

“A friend of mine from Louth asked me if Cork get to the final in the novel and I said ‘They do’ so he said ‘So it’s fiction’. Then he asked me do Cor(...)

Limerick’s Peter Casey and William O’Donoghue celebrate after their All-Ireland SHC final win at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There’s no disputing that Limerick are deserving champions after this most remarkable of championships. From the word go, they had the edge in terms o(...)

Limerick’s Sean Finn in action against Galway’s David Burke during the league clash at Salthill.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

I’ve had a lot of to-ing and fro-ing on Galway’s form this year, starting in the league where they appeared flat and suffering from post-All-Ireland s(...)

 Ryan O’Dwyer, Bill O’Carroll, Fergal Whitely and Niall Corcoran, with U- 10 Kilmacud Crokes hurlers Michael Lyng, left, and Cian Manning at the launch of the The Beacon Hospital/Kilmacud Crokes  All-Ireland Hurling Sevens at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Richie Stakelum will not be the next Tipperary manager. The departure of Michael Ryan’s management team, en bloc last week, following a winless Munste(...)

Clare’s Peter Duggan is tackled by Galway’s Paul Kileen during the drawn semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Nobody’s complaining that this championship has found an extra date in the hurling diary. We can debate whether there shouldn’t have been extra-time (...)

From a starting point of being sceptical about staging both All-Ireland semi-finals on the same weekend, I ended up sold on the idea of it being a hur(...)

“It’s a physical game,” says  Kilkenny manager Brian Cody with trademark flat realism. “Above all else it is a game of skill.”

Croke Park at sunset. “Hurling’s a game for the gods, and gods played,” croons Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, 87 years young, as Waterford’s sideline cut t(...)

Limerick’s Tom Morrissey and Kilkenny’s Martin Keoghan battle for possession during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick’s victory over Kilkenny completely eclipsed the other All Ireland quarter-final between Clare and Wexford as a game of hurling. There was no (...)

Joe Canning: has been in impressive form again this year in a potent Galway attack and will most likely cause problems for Kilkenny on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

As a preliminary point, I would repeat that I can’t see why both of these provincial finals can’t be played on separate days. There are so few big hur(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath after his side’s Munster championship Round Five defeat to Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

And so Derek McGrath became the first managerial “casualty” of the intercounty season. After five years leading Waterford, he stepped down having more(...)

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