Noel Mcgrath

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Waterford’s Austin Gleeson scores his side’s first goal of the game during the  All-Ireland hurling quarter-final against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 4-28 Tipperary 2-27 Liam Cahill’s spin cycle of emotions were fully displayed at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday after his adopted county end(...)

Waterford’s Neil Montgomery scores his side’s fourth goal  during the  All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford 4-28 Tipperary 2-27 A stoppage-time goal by substitute Neil Montgomery helped Waterford’s advance to a second successive All-Ireland semi-f(...)

Plenty of teams would love to be able to call on the wealth of experience and skill Tipperary have. File photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In 2014, we were staring down the barrel of a gun. I knew it, most of the older lads on the Kilkenny panel knew it. The panel had a core group of play(...)

Tipperary’s Ronan Maher at the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship  launch in Tullamore. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Tipperary’s last dance? Ronan Maher has heard that one before. “And I wouldn’t consider myself old,” shot back the 25-year-old. A fair call, yet of t(...)

 Liam Sheedy celebrates Tipperary’s 2019 All-Ireland win  with his wife Margaret and daughters Gemma and Aislinn. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Sheedy allows himself to wax elegiac about the championship ahead. “Certainly for us, there’s no better feeling that going down into Cork or Lime(...)

Tipperary’s Paul Flynn has a shot blocked by Tommy Gallagher of Westmeath during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A match at  TEG Cusack Park in  Mullingar. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Westmeath 0-16 Tipperary 4-27 Already, it seems clear that the 2021 All-Ireland will be a place for the high-rollers only. On a roasting midlands af(...)

Joe Canning in the thick of it during the  Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A match against Limerick at  Pearse Stadium in  Salthill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Something interesting is happening during this league – and don’t worry, this is nothing to do with new rules or referees or anything like that. For a(...)

Limerick’s Gearoid Hegarty celebrates with Tom Morrissey at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho

In the end, a unique year has birthed a unique final. Limerick didn’t exactly strip the paint off the walls in overcoming Galway but they did enough t(...)

Galway’s Aidan Harte scores a late goal during the  All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway 3-23 Tipperary 2-24 The usual turbo-charged breathlessness from one of the most volatile rivalries in the old sport. Tipperary, the All-Irelan(...)

I think of this rivalry like the vicious killer clown in the horror movie IT. The clown is called Pennywise and he awakens from the underground world every 27 years to feed his need. The Tipperary-Galway rivalry was asleep since the late 80s. It’s now back in all its glory and hopefully it stays around for a while longer. There are too many good players for it to vanish underground. Photograph: Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

As I left Thurles on Sunday evening in the crisp darkness it felt like the weekend was summed up by a phrase that was in use elsewhere in the sporting(...)

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