Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan: “It’s great to be sitting here and talking about playing in an All-Ireland semi-final.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Quinlivan was on the Hill for Mayo and Tyrone. Spying would be an exaggeration as he lives up the road but paying close attention nonetheless(...)

 Tipperary’s Conor Sweeney  celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Galway in the quarter-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In general the All-Ireland qualifiers tend to produce two different types of teams: experienced contenders who have slipped up in their province and s(...)

Munster hurling championship opener against Cork this May was Kennedy’s senior hurling debut for Tipperary. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling in Tipperary being eternal, football remains a mere babe in the ashen forest. Séamus Kennedy is proof enough. A rare dualist who veered towar(...)

Tipperary captain Peter Acheson, pictured with manager Liam Kearns after Sunday’s quarter-final victory over Galway: “I’m the third-oldest player and I’m only 26 but the young fellas, they are brave out. They go for it, which suits our style of play.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary footballers reaching an All-Ireland semi-final is no overnight success. There are plenty of medals in their pockets. Some for hurling but m(...)

Conor Sweeney of Tipperary scores his side’s third goal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At the end, with the place bubbling and people wiping wet eyes everywhere you looked, the Tipperary team came to the sideline under the Hogan Stand t(...)

Conor Sweeney scores  Tipperary’s third goal in the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final win over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10 It’s hard to calibrate surprises and when a team is so emphatically superior in a match it can appear incongruous to dwell(...)

 Damien Comer  in action against Roscommon. He has proviced a useful fulcrum for Galway’s attack so far this summer.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final: Galway v Tipperary, Croke Park, Sunday, 4.0 (RTÉ 1) The Sunday Game panel will have to watch themselves on this one(...)

Derry’s Niall Holly with Phillip Austin of Tipperary. Tipp beat Derry to qualify for their first All- Ireland quarter-final. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Potential, as Michael Quinlivan observed, is the easy part. Turning it into actual, tangible success is the really difficult bit. So, asked which was(...)

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns celebrates with Evan Comerford after beating Derry. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17 Kevin O’Halloran will probably find himself as the answer to a pub quiz question in years to come, the Tipperary star who h(...)

Derry’s Mark Lynch will need to deliver a big performance on Saturday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

All-Ireland SF Qualifiers Round Four A Derry v Tipperary, Kingspan Breffni Park, 5.0 Another novel fixture in the qualifiers, this brings together (...)

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