Conal Keaney

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Michael Darragh MacAuley: “I nearly feel a bit guilty because the lads  worked their socks off all year and I only scraped in to rob a medal.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If it ain’t broke, fix it and make it better, as basketball coach Phil Jackson once said and which Michael Darragh MacAuley reckons could be the secr(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and Darragh Ó Connell of Dublin in action during their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match  Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Allianz Hurling League Division One quarter-final Dublin v Limerick, Parnell Park, 7.0 – A re-run of last year’s quarter-final won easily (...)

Ballyboden St Enda’s celebrate their AIB All-Ireland Club SFC win over Castlebar Mitchels at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-14 Castlebar Mitchels 0-7 Experience cuts both ways. Ballyboden surged to a first AIB All-Ireland club football title at Cro(...)

Conal Keaney holds possession during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Waterford at Semple Stadium in July 2015.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Conal Keaney is considering retirement from intercounty hurling. Speaking a day after he won a first Leinster club medal with Ballyboden St Enda’s fo(...)

Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Richie Hogan and Cillian Buckley will be rested for Kilkenny this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Holders Kilkenny will be significantly under-strength for Sunday’s Division 1A match against Clare in Nowlan Park. Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan, wh(...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter fends off Clare’s Darach Honan. Nicky English believes the absence of Rossiter or Liam Óg McGovern would represent a serious blow for Wexford’s ambitions against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

The main debilitating aspect of Wexford’s run of six championship matches in eight weeks is not principally tired minds and limbs but rather the likel(...)

Dublin celebrate in front of their fans on Hill 16 following their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League final in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Here is how it was. By the spring of 2011, Dublin had played 22 games under Anthony Daly in league and championship. Their record going into the leagu(...)

Wexford’s Jack Guiney: “We have to up our game and go in with a new level of intensity against Clare. Hopefully we can pull one out of the bag.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The essential difference between champions and also-ran is the former can identify their deficiencies and fix them in full stride. Jack Guiney knows t(...)

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