Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan kisses the Liam MacCarthy Cup following his county’s victory over  Kilkenny in the  All-Ireland final  at Croke Park.   Photograph:   Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The rain fell hard and Tipperary banished their demons. This decade of hurling has been defined by a series of riveting and often brilliant All-Irelan(...)

Tipperary minor captain Brian McGrath and Senior players Noel and John McGrath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was the Sunday the boys in the blue and gold took over Croke Park and history was again made. It was Tipperary’s day. It was a special occasion for(...)

Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly and Pauric Mahony of Waterford shake hands after last Sunday’s thrilling drawn semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

From the start of the season a Tipperary/Kilkenny final was being forecast. Both teams had inauspicious enough finishes to their league campaigns but (...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan: will pose a huge threat to the Limerick defence on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For many intercounty hurlers there’s a sense of yearly déjà vu. A groundhog day of sorts. On the last Sunday of July 2012 the Limerick senior hurling(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. Maybe it’s a bit sensational to write that Reid is unmarkable at present yet it’s not an outrageous statement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Sunday Galway will play their third All-Ireland final in four years. That’s a fair amount of experience garnered by a side that has been flattering(...)

Brian Cody: the experience of his Kilkenny side cannot be underestimated. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two years ago Waterford’s minors won the county’s first minor All-Ireland title since 1948. On that team Austin Gleeson was picked at six, Shane Be(...)

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan catches a high ball against Cork in the Munster semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the championship draws were made last autumn the Munster pairings, for me, seemed to suggest a Cork-Tipperary final. Cork, I thought, would sure(...)

Kilkenny’s Ger Aylward scores his third and his side’s fifth goal at yesterday’s Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny and Tipperary may have been late into the action in this season’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship but their respective performances a(...)

Pádraic Collins celebrates scoring a goal against Waterforf in Ennis. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Clare moved to the top of Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League with Shane O’Donnell proving provider and goal-score(...)

Clare’s John Conlan with Colin Fennelly and Jonjoe Farrell of Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colin Fennelly turned in a man-of-the-match performance – in a game he described as both “crazy” and “explosive” – as Kilkenny finally outgunned Ti(...)