Brian Murphy of Cork, the only player in tomorrow’s starting line-ups with experience of playing in an All-Ireland final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Statistics are invaluable for ordering our thoughts about the past but in hurling, the most traditional of games, they can also become predictive as t(...)

Cork’s Conor O’Sullivan and Conor McGrath of Clare clash in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Play-Off last April.  ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

They’re here because they’re here. The unfolding of the All-Ireland hurling championship has brought us to a final between Cork and Clare that was ent(...)

Dublin’s Paul Ryan and Shane O’Neill of Cork during the semi-final at Croke Park.

Forty years after appearing in his first All-Ireland final as a shaven-headed teenage footballer, Jimmy Barry-Murphy yesterday qualified for another.O(...)

Cork’s forwards will find it hard in tomorrow’s All-Ireland senior hurling final clash against a physically powerful and in-form Dublin defence, especially a half-back line that includes the imposing   Liam Rushe. Photograph: Cathal Noona/Inpho

The most eagerly anticipated semi-finals season in years begins this weekend with probably the most inscrutable of the four matches and trailing a ble(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy celebrates victory over Kilkenny in the 1999 All-Ireland hurling final. Photo: Tom Honan/Inpho

Clare faced Cork in the 1999 Munster hurling final, a time when the counties’ co-ordinates were unusually set. With two All-Irelands and three Munster(...)

Ross Dunphy, fitness, strength and conditioning coach with the Dublin hurlers, at wotk with his charges. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The last thing either the Cork or Dublin hurlers will lack going into Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final is match fitness – or at least they had better n(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan is shown a red card by referee James McGrath after a foul on Paudie O’Brien. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

No decision has yet been made as to whether Cork forward Patrick Horgan will look for a hearing in respect of the red card that ended his involvement (...)

Shane Dowling celebrates at the final whistle

With fervour altogether appropriate to Bastille Day, the Limerick crowd in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday got ready to storm the field.  Throngs of gree(...)

Cork’s Daniel Kearney was  an influential figure  at midfield against Clare in the semi-final. Photograph: Lorcan O’Sullivan/Inpho

A fascinating hurling season reaches one of its landmark occasions with a quite unexpected Munster final. There was no querying the merit of both Cork(...)

Dublin are heavily favoured to beat Meath in a repeat of last year’s Leinster SFC final. Photograph: cathal noonan/inpho

Sun-cream at the ready, cold drinks in the flasks. The great summer caravan gathers pace this weekend when close on a quarter of a million people coun(...)

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