John Conlon

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Cork’s Jack O’Connor charges through the Dublin defence during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

My routine when I landed into Croke Park was always one of structure and process. I was a creature of habit. I got security from whatever nuggets of f(...)

Cork’s Shane Barrett celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork and Clare was always impossible to call: proven battlers against potential and it stayed that way up until the 74th minute. Kieran Kingston must (...)

Daithí Burke is 28 and already has five All-Stars, a trend that suggests greatness. File photograph: Inpho

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a saying that is true in life and it’s definitely applicable when you look across the hurling landscape this yea(...)

Brian Lohan issues instructions to his players during the quarter-final victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We forget, in the case of Brian Lohan, that these are still the very early days. It’s true that in intercounty terms he is not a young manager. Indee(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett and Limerick’s Seán Finn are hurling’s equivalent of the shutdown corners.    Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just like every hurling team, every NFL team has a crop of corner backs. Some are up to the job, some aren’t. Most are middle of the road. But there’s(...)

Clare’s Ryan Taylor in action against Shane Fives of Waterford during the Munster SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 1-22 Waterford 0-21 Clare avenged last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Waterford and maintained the momentum of a drastically turned(...)

Tony Kelly has been in stunning form for Clare ahead of Sunday’s Munster quarter-final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday Leinster SHC quarter-finals Dublin v Antrim, Páirc Tailteann, 3.0 – Live GAAGo Dublin’s flatlining fortunes are summed up by a league campai(...)

Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois last November. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The most improved Waterford hurler this year has been Jack Prendergast. He has grown from being a bit-part panel player to a really consistent perform(...)

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 (...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch shoots under pressure from Cork’s Robert Downey during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh in February 2020. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Saturday DIVISION 1A Limerick v Cork, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 7.15 – Live RTÉ 2/Eir Sport 1 An interesting contest between the division’s most upwardly (...)

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