Sean Finn

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 Greg Murphy, formerly of Cork and now with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna and a sub on the 2018 All-Stars, is tackled by Cork’s Patrick Horgan  at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

2018 All Stars 9-16 2019 All Stars 8-9 Showcasing what we must assume as axiomatically greater hunger, the 2018 PwC All Stars beat their 2019 counter(...)

Tipperary goalkeeper Brian Hogan claims his first Hurling All  Stars awards and follows in the footsteps of his father, Ken, who won one in  1987. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Though there are occasionally years in which the announcement of the hurling All Star team causes a stir around the place, 2019 is unlikely to be one (...)

Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup after victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What a difference a Liam makes. A year after receiving a single nomination and no winners, All-Ireland champions Tipperary have 11 names on the shortl(...)

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh and Paddy Deegan celebrate after the All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17 Kilkenny’s essential Codyness would survive a nuclear attack. They drenched Limerick in a tidal wave here and washed away(...)

Tipperary’s John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer in action against Clare during the Munster SHC at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are a couple of points worth making about this weekend before looking at the matches. Huge crowds are expected in both Croke Park and Limerick b(...)

Cathal Mannion with Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan at Nowlan Park. The Galway man gave a master class in forward play during the Leinster championship clash. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The hurling landscape certainly changed at the weekend but it also took on a familiar look. Both Limerick and Galway answered sceptics with performanc(...)

Séamus Flanagan celebrates the superbly-worked   Limerick goal which effectively put paid to Dublin’s chances in the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

During the week I tweeted a picture I took during the Limerick v Dublin semi-final last Sunday. It came after Kyle Hayes caught a puck-out, leading t(...)

Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick is challenged by Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell with during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-16 The warm afterglow of Limerick’s All-Ireland was undimmed in Nowlan Park on Sunday after a more comfortable win over Dublin(...)

Cork backroom staff member Doug Howlett takes a clsoer look at the action during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game between Limerick and Cork at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Limerick 1-21 Cork 2-21 Cork manager John Meyler must have been the happiest man in the country after his side became the first team to put a halt to(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

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