Different class: Hurling's end of season award winners

Different class: Hurling's end of season award winners

Michael Moynihan has rung all the juries, collated all the votes, and accepted all the bribes.

MORE
Things disqualifying me from final duty

Things disqualifying me from final duty

You know there was a bit of a fuss last week about the appointment of the All-Ireland football final referee. (I am speaking here in the blandest possible terms ...

MORE
Powerful Premier rain dance their way to glory

Powerful Premier rain dance their way to glory

One county is ecstatic this morning and one despairing, as is always the case after an All-Ireland final.

MORE
Hogan red card dilutes William Tell effect

Hogan red card dilutes William Tell effect

As a gauge of how competitive the All-Ireland final was, the free-taking sequence for both sides tells an interesting story.

MORE
Tipperary v Kilkenny: Hogan sending off diminished relevance of final's William Tells

Tipperary v Kilkenny: Hogan sending off diminished relevance of final's William Tells

As a gauge of how competitive the All-Ireland final was, the free-taking sequence for both sides tells an interesting story.

MORE
Sponsorship: More than just a logo on a jersey

Sponsorship: More than just a logo on a jersey

When Kilkenny and Tipperary meet tomorrow in Croke Park, it’s also a big day for the team sponsors.

MORE
Páirc in the frame to host Munster-Leinster rugby clash

Páirc in the frame to host Munster-Leinster rugby clash

Negotiations to play a ground-breaking Guinness PRO14 rugby clash between Munster and Leinster at Páirc Ui Chaoimh this Christmas are at an advanced though ...

MORE
Hurling hands: Kyle Hayes - ‘My granddad’s hands are huge. It’s where mine come from’

Hurling hands: Kyle Hayes - ‘My granddad’s hands are huge. It’s where mine come from’

Limerick’s All-Ireland winner Kyle Hayes on his powerful hands and the hurleys he stores in the shed on the family farm

MORE
Richard Stakelum: ‘It’s real spit-on-the-hands stuff. Not for faint hearts’

Richard Stakelum: ‘It’s real spit-on-the-hands stuff. Not for faint hearts’

Richard Stakelum spent the Tipperary-Wexford semi-final next to his brother, Pat.

MORE
Eight myths which don’t survive a Cody conversation

Eight myths which don’t survive a Cody conversation

“I am very ordinary, to be honest. Abnormal or normal, whichever it is. I just don’t do anything fantastic or anything that is major.

MORE
Walter Walsh: ‘I learnt in 2013 that it isn’t that easy’

Walter Walsh: ‘I learnt in 2013 that it isn’t that easy’

Learning you’re about to make your inter-county debut is a big moment in any player’s life.

MORE
No self-respecting squad goes anywhere without these people...

No self-respecting squad goes anywhere without these people...

Every inter-county team carries a well-staffed backroom these days. Depending on who you talk to, Tipperary have well over two dozen people beavering away behind ...

MORE
Kilkenny v Tipperary: Still serving up the classics

Kilkenny v Tipperary: Still serving up the classics

Will this Sunday’s All-Ireland decide the decade in Kilkenny or Tipperary’s favour?

MORE
'All hurlers are the same. If you could play forever, you would.'This story is enriched with multi-media content

'All hurlers are the same. If you could play forever, you would.'

Last year UNESCO considered applications for special cultural status at a meeting in Paris, and among the submissions made was one from the GAA seeking the inclusion ...

MORE
‘Sambo’ McNaughton: 'We had security guards when we trained and scout cars ahead of the bus'

‘Sambo’ McNaughton: 'We had security guards when we trained and scout cars ahead of the bus'

Antrim hurling icon Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton gives a reminder of the implications of a no-deal Brexit in tonight’s episode of The Game, RTÉ’s ...

MORE
Even the greatest of them all feels ‘helpless’ when matchday arrives

Even the greatest of them all feels ‘helpless’ when matchday arrives

The most successful manager in the history of hurling has a confession to make about managing.

MORE
Cody has faced up to seven Tipp bosses

Cody has faced up to seven Tipp bosses

Brian Cody’s extraordinary longevity as manager of the Kilkenny hurlers throws up some fascinating statistics.

MORE
If I had tickets I’d give them to you. AbsolutelyThis story is enriched with multi-media content

If I had tickets I’d give them to you. Absolutely

This is a special week for me. Not because the Premier League has come back to enable the emotionally stunted, and not because Mindhunter Season 2 arrives on Friday, ...

MORE
Cody: ‘There is great rivalry there... we love to beat Tipperary’

Cody: ‘There is great rivalry there... we love to beat Tipperary’

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody paid tribute to Tipperary, his side’s All-Ireland final opponents last night, describing the “sheer determination and ambition” ...

MORE
O’Connell: We parked Munster blow and kept on believing

O’Connell: We parked Munster blow and kept on believing

Cork’s man of the match, Tommy O’Connell, was quick to pay tribute to his teammates after Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final win.

MORE
Hurling was different when they let fly

Hurling was different when they let fly

Some weekend for the hurling, the weekend before last.

MORE
O'Connell powers Cork past Kilkenny in All-Ireland U20 semi-final

O'Connell powers Cork past Kilkenny in All-Ireland U20 semi-final

Cork made it through to the All-Ireland U20 final with a win over Kilkenny in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, powered by an outstanding Tommy O’Connell display. ...

MORE
The big interview: Cork football’s tsar, Conor Counihan

The big interview: Cork football’s tsar, Conor Counihan

To oversee their five-year football plan, Cork GAA opted for All-Ireland winner — as player (1989, 1990) and coach (2010) — Conor Counihan. His job spec? ...

MORE
Players like Kingston but appointment not foregone conclusion

Players like Kingston but appointment not foregone conclusion

Kieran Kingston’s return as manager is the preferred option of the Cork senior hurling panel in the wake of John Meyler’s departure.

MORE
Hurling Hands: Nicky English - ‘I nearly had to declare an amnesty to get that hurley brought back’

Hurling Hands: Nicky English - ‘I nearly had to declare an amnesty to get that hurley brought back’

All-Ireland winning Tipperary legend Nicky English on discovering his perfect hurley in a fertiliser bag and a recurring dream about returning to a Tipperary dressing ...

MORE
For Kingston, there must be a sense of unfinished business

For Kingston, there must be a sense of unfinished business

John Meyler’s departure after two years as Cork senior hurling manager means the county is once again on the look-out for leadership.

MORE
Shouldn’t more August days be devoted to the big show?

Shouldn’t more August days be devoted to the big show?

Championship conversations with Michael Moynihan.

MORE
Tipp prevail with one of the great displays of on-field guts

Tipp prevail with one of the great displays of on-field guts

When you are old and grey and full of sleep, all you will need to wake up will be yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final, in whatever format you fancy.

MORE
Kilkenny again validate timeworn ‘work and talent’ theory

Kilkenny again validate timeworn ‘work and talent’ theory

Perhaps as the two of them relaxed some evening in Cambridge, Seamus Heaney enlightened Derek Walcott about hurling and Croke Park and what happens when the known ...

MORE
From the heat of battle to a battle with heat

From the heat of battle to a battle with heat

I see the train tracks are next for the chop. Sorry for the Flann O’Brien-type line, but I learned during the week that the rising temperatures being caused ...

MORE
Quaid keeps the bar raised

Quaid keeps the bar raised

As Limerick reached the promised land last year, they won three tight games — Kilkenny, Cork (after extra-time), and Galway.

MORE
Cork still searching for the light in the darkest of hours

Cork still searching for the light in the darkest of hours

Last Tuesday night, Cork hurling seemed to have turned a corner. Evan Sheehan’s injury-time goal against Tipperary looked to have won the Munster U20 championship, ...

MORE
Mastering the smallest details in pursuit of hurling’s biggest prize

Mastering the smallest details in pursuit of hurling’s biggest prize

Limerick’s emotional All-Ireland final win last year was commemorated in a terrific publication — the book

MORE
John Kiely won’t make break an excuse

John Kiely won’t make break an excuse

John Kiely says if his Limerick side don’t win tomorrow’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny, it won’t be due to the break since the Munster ...

MORE
Hurling Hands: ‘Does that mean I’ll be playing inter-county next season? As of now, yeah. Unless I get the chop!’

Hurling Hands: ‘Does that mean I’ll be playing inter-county next season? As of now, yeah. Unless I get the chop!’

Cork hurler Patrick Horgan Cork star Patrick Horgan on his plan for 2020 and the colleague that impresses him most in county training

MORE
Foley glad of convincing Davy to stay

Foley glad of convincing Davy to stay

Kevin Foley was one of the Wexford hurlers who made the long trip to Sixmilebridge last winter to persuade Davy Fitzgerald to stay on as manager.

MORE
Morrissey: Experience of tricky situations has given us real belief

Morrissey: Experience of tricky situations has given us real belief

When Limerick and Kilkenny shape up Saturday evening in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final, it’ll bring back particularly fond memories for one of the men in green ...

MORE
Thrilling final threw up a host of important questions

Thrilling final threw up a host of important questions

Cruising through the sunlit uplands of Tipperary last evening to the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U20 final, and random notions light up the car like sunbeams ...

MORE
Cork U20 boss Denis Ring describes Tipp loss as 'gut-wrenching'

Cork U20 boss Denis Ring describes Tipp loss as 'gut-wrenching'

Cork U20 manager Denis Ring couldn’t hide his disappointment at the final whistle last night, describing his side’s narrow defeat to Tipperary as “gut-wrenching”. ...

MORE
Tipp manager Cahill delighted last chance to win U20 clash against Cork fell to Morris

Tipp manager Cahill delighted last chance to win U20 clash against Cork fell to Morris

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill was delighted that his side’s last chance of winning the Munster U20 final clash with Cork fell to experienced senior Jake Morris. ...

MORE
Relentless marvel Cody an example to us all, says Kiely

Relentless marvel Cody an example to us all, says Kiely

Limerick hurling manager John Kiely “marvels” at Brian Cody’s appetite for the game saying the Kilkennyman “is an example to all of us”. ...

MORE
What did I miss while I was away?

What did I miss while I was away?

Back from holidays. I’m grand. Yourself?

MORE
‘I played left hand on top, but I’m right-handed’

‘I played left hand on top, but I’m right-handed’

Cork All-Ireland winner Joe Deane on his grip and the art of free-taking.

MORE
Sport is more than a bout of clock-watching

Sport is more than a bout of clock-watching

It’s always nice to be recognised. Almost.

MORE
John Meyler says starlets already have hands put up for senior selection

John Meyler says starlets already have hands put up for senior selection

Cork senior hurling manager John Meyler says any of the county U20s who “put up their hands” playing at that level can come into consideration for the ...

MORE
Every position on the hurling field has changed utterly

Every position on the hurling field has changed utterly

What does the number on your back even mean any more in hurling? Michael Moynihan rooted through the bag of jerseys and asked how the job spec for each position ...

MORE
Pikemen, football levels and the lovely sound of a packed stadium

Pikemen, football levels and the lovely sound of a packed stadium

Five lessons from the weekend.

MORE
Limerick move swiftly and seamlessly through the gears

Limerick move swiftly and seamlessly through the gears

You have your choice of Munster final metrics this morning.

MORE
John Kiely: 'I don’t want to be compared to anyone else. We are Limerick. We are ourselves'

John Kiely: 'I don’t want to be compared to anyone else. We are Limerick. We are ourselves'

Limerick manager John Kiely wasn’t wearing any comparisons to Kilkenny in their pomp yesterday, saying “We are Limerick, we are ourselves”.

MORE
Sport lessons don’t transfer to real life

Sport lessons don’t transfer to real life

If you don’t know David Epstein’s work, then you should.

MORE