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Séamus Callanan: once again a contender for Hurler of the Year. The Tipperay captain’s  leadership and goal-a-game record over eight fixtures speaks eloquently for itself.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All about timing: it’s a small sample size but the evidence of the first two years of the experimental championship format suggests one trend; the two(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in the  All-Ireland Senior Hurling final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was an historic victory for Tipperary. It means that for the first time since the 1960s there are players in the county with three All-Ireland me(...)

Kilkenny’s Huw Lawlor and Tipperary’s  John McGrath grappling  during the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary 3-25 Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary burst out of a deluge and into the brightness of a third All-Ireland title in a decade for the first time sinc(...)

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher wins the balls and burst out of his defence. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Restarts In the 25th minute Jason Forde had just scored a 65 and then a free, Tipperary’s fourth and fifth points. They’d only scored one of those fi(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy during the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

1 Brian Hogan Like father, now the son, a first choice All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper at 23. Spared any major saves by the flawless defence in front (...)

Tipperary ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final win over Wexford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

1. Brian Hogan Club: Lorrha-Dorrha Age: 23 Height: 6’ 6” Weight: 15st 3lbs Has paid his dues by fighting for the number one jersey. Excellent under (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody shakes hands with his  Tipperary counterpart  Liam Sheedy after the Allianz Hurling League  game at  Semple Stadium back in February. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Bill Belichick and Brian Cody have a lot in common. Not just in terms of timescale, although it is kind of mad that Cody is finishing his 21st season (...)

 Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald after Tipp’s  1-28 to 3-20 senior hurling championship semi-final win at Croke Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Sheedy has seen the fence from both sides and heard every last bit of gossip and grump passed across it. As Tipperary manager or just as a Joe Sc(...)

 Séamus Callanan scores Tipperary’s goal during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Wexford at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary 1-28 Wexford 3-20 The now almost traditional end-of-July adrenalin boost was completed in Croke Park on Sunday with another All-Ireland hur(...)

Limerick players and coaching staff celebrate winning the Munster SHC Final against Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 2-26 Tipperary 2-14 June closed with an imperious statement of intent from the young All-Ireland champions. It’s not often that Tipperary ar(...)

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