Jason Forde

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Cathal Mannion in full flow against Cork. His form is   key for Galway  as his loss in the semi-final last year was so crucial. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The league is over. The championship is more or less here. Nobody is going to get any fitter or stronger by the time the first ball is thrown in next (...)

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(...)

Henry Shefflin  at the launch of the Allianz League Legends series in Dublin: “ I wouldn’t be one for saying, ‘No, it’s been devalued’ or the entertainment value is reduced. I don’t think that and I think teams will improve and evolve as they go.”   Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

A leading football pundit recently described watching hurling as like taking a trip back in time, to a boring football game 15 or so years ago. Too (...)

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(...)

Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara keeps his eyes on the sliotar during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A game between Limerick and Tipperary at  LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday May 8th. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Further, faster and, it seems, increasingly accurate: any need or move to somehow limit the flight of the sliotar is dependent firstly on the proper s(...)

Evan Niland prepares to take a free for Galway in the win over Limerick at Pearse Stadium Salthill. “Three weeks in a row is tough going but we will take confidence from this game and look forward to next week.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the most notable aspects of the two rounds of the hurling league to date has been the big scoring totals by free-takers. This continues a trend(...)

Limerick’s Seamus Flanagan and Brian McGrath of Tipperary enjoyed a good battle in Saturday’s league encounter. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 0-20 Tipperary 0-20 A pleasant Saturday evening of spring cleaning for two of the heavyweights of hurling. Consider cobwebs blown. Neither t(...)

Limerick’s William O’Donoghue in action against Dan McCormac of Tipperary. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 0-20 Tipperary 0-20 Mmmh. Neither team quite had each other on the rack. Both left the other off the hook. Nothing gained or squandered, in (...)

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(...)

Limerick’s Pat Ryan has his shot saved by Brian Hogan of Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick 3-23 Tipperary 2-17 The winter championship bared its teeth in Pairc Uí Chaoimh with Cork doubling as Atlantis on Sunday evening. In horrend(...)

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