Jason Forde: was the outstanding player in the country in the league and merits a place in Tipperary’s starting championship attack.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

How do you put together a forward line? Plenty of intercounty teams are sitting down now in the middle of May, the summer on the table in front of the(...)

Pauric Mahony:  must have felt that he had slain every demon of self-doubt in his body in the last four months only to experience a dreaded off-day in the Munster club final defeat to Na Piarsaigh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballygunner ended up losing the Munster club hurling final by eight points on Sunday, but anyone watching knew it was a far closer struggle than that.(...)

Question and answer: Ronan Maher of Tipperary and Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny at yesterday’s GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In a nutshell, Tipperary out-Kilkennyed Kilkenny this time to emerge as very deserving and worthy winners of this All-Ireland final. Any doubts which (...)

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin with Cork’s Brian Lawton in the Munster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho/Ken Sutton

Not one for the pantheon, this. On a day borrowed from monsoon season on some far off sub-tropical island, dear old grey and battered Thurles saw Tipp(...)

Tipperary’s Noel McGrath. “He’s probably the most elusive player currently playing the game. You see him on the ball at wing-forward and in the very next play, he seems to be in full-forward again.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Four minutes into the second half of the drawn game, Noel McGrath wheeled away out of a scrum on the Kilkenny 45. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw(...)

Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien

“Have you got those two 35s?”Mark Dowling is almost furtive in the way he asks his father Brian to pass out the two freshly-fashioned hurleys that are(...)

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan scores his second goal against Cork during the All-Ireland senior hurling  semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So much for the revolution. So much for brave new dawns and hurling’s new wave and a sport turned on its head. So much for the old ways being gone and(...)