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  • 13:23
    In a week of huge scientific discoveries we’ve got closer to the answers of some of life’s big questions - how did the world begin, where did we come from and what exactly is a Higgs Boson particle anyway?

    One big imponderable however remains unanswerable – will we ever again live to see a year when Kilkenny will not be the All-Ireland hurling champions?
    Unsurprisingly, Brian Cody’s charges find themselves in yet another Leinster hurling final. Galway are lined up to be their victims this year at Croke Park but is there a chance that the underdogs could shock the Cats? Ok, so probably not but that won’t stop us marvelling at one of the wonders of the Universe – this present bunch of Kilkenny hurlers.
     
    Before that we’re in Limerick where Cork should overcome Clare in the Munster football final. Cork are many people’s favourites for Sam Maguire this year and it’s fair to say that Clare are most certainly not. There should be pride to play for but it’s likely that Clare will fall into the black hole that is the qualifiers by mid-afternoon. (It’s now very clear that my scientific knowledge is extremely limited).

    Those of you out there who happen to be masochists will be pleased to hear that I’ll also keep you updated with the score in the Ulster hurling final. Antrim and Derry contest it but really the big question to be asked here is why do they bother?

    The GAA’s mantra this year may be ‘Nothing beats being there’ and of course that’s entirely true if you happen to catch a classic. If, on the other hand you wake up on a day like today, pull back the curtains and see the grey abyss outside you might agree that there’s a lot to be said for a cup of tea, the telly and a dashing young (ish) man who goes by the name of Ciaran Daly making astute, erudite and definitely not juvenile comments on the Irish Times liveblog. Let the games and smart-arsed comments begin!
  • 13:23
    Munster football championship final
    Cork v Clare - 2pm (Gaelic Grounds, Limerick)
    Ulster hurling championship final
    Derry v Antrim - 3.30pm (Casement Park, Belfast)
    Leinster hurling championship final
    Kilkenny v Galway - 4pm (Croke Park, Dublin)

  • 13:29
    Tipperary are Munster's minor champions. They have beaten Kerry on a score-line of 2-14 to 1-14
  • 13:32
    TV3 have the coverage of the Munster final by the way. Matt Cooper won’t be able to hide his bias.
  • 13:35
    Do Clare fans feel patronised by the coverage they’re receiving in relation to the final?
  • 13:36
    The Clare players even sound resigned to defeat. They’re talking about it being a good day. They know they’re beaten don’t they?
  • 13:39
    An ad for the GAA has just said- ‘It was brazilian hurling that day.’ Pele and the lads are renowned for their love of the GAA then?
  • 13:42
    ‘Ulster Bank, sponsors of the All-Ireland want to send you and your friend to the All-Ireland semi-final.’ Priorities anyone?
  • 13:44
    Conor Counihan always says the right thing. I defy anyone not to be impressed by him. (I give it about 30 seconds before a Kerryman pipes up).
  • 13:45
    Initial reports are that Cork start with the same team that began the Kerry game.
  • 13:47
    Cork have so many big strong fellas. That’s an Irish sentence right there.
  • 13:48
    The stadium announcer at the Gaelic Grounds sounds like he may be in some pain. Help him someone.
  • 13:49
    I think one team today has to go out and play as if they haven’t a Clare in the world. That’s right, I went there - Clare-based puns.
  • 13:55
    Two changes for Cork -Eoin Cotter and Fintan Goold start. Graham Canty and Paddy Kelly make way.
  • 13:56
    Clare of course will look at this as a good weekend irrespective of the result today. Their hurlers saw off the Dubs by staging a late comeback yesterday. The final score was Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16
  • 13:58
    Nothing beats being there? The people of Munster beg to differ. A lot of empty seats in Limerick.
  • 13:58
    This rendition of the National Anthem is eerie. That’s the only word for it.
  • 14:00
    We’re off!
  • 14:00
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@1’: Clare 0-0 Cork 0-1. Aidan Walsh gets Cork off the mark. #gaa2012
  • 14:01
    Aidan Walsh scores. Cork 0-1 Clare 0-0
  • 14:01
    The TV3 pundits were talking about how Aidan Walsh is a young inexperienced player. He’s a young inexperienced player with an All-Ireland medal. I’m sure most teams would kill for that kind of inexperience.
  • 14:03
    Tubridy wide. This could be a long afternoon for Clare.
  • 14:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@4’: Clare 0-0 Cork 0-2. Ciaran Sheehan adds to Cork’s tally. #gaa2012
  • 14:04
    Cork’s attack is so incisive.
  • 14:05
    Clare should get off the mark here.
  • 14:06
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@6’: Clare 0-1 Cork 0-2. David Tubridy opens Clare’s account from a free. #gaa2012
  • 14:07
    Sheehan looks menacing already. In a sporting way of course. I'm sure he's an upstanding citizen
  • 14:07
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@8’: Clare 0-1 Cork 0-3. Ciaran Sheehan lofts over his second score. #gaa2012
  • 14:08
    Clare panic when they cross the half-way line.
  • 14:09
    Cork had a goal chance but Donncha O’Connor’s chance was snuffed out by Gordon Kelly.
  • 14:10
    Cork have dropped a couple of shots short. I’m not a psychologist but I’m going to go ahead and diagnose that as a case of complacency. What do you mean that's not a psychological condition?
  • 14:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Final@13’: Wexford 0-4 Dublin 0-3. #gaa2012
  • 14:12
    That was Clare’s best move of the game. Decent movement in the full forward line that time.
  • 14:13
    13 mins – GOAL for Goold
  • 14:13
    Great finish from the man who wasn’t even meant to start the match.
  • 14:14
    14 mins – Cork 1-4 Clare 0-2. Colm O’Neill with the latest point
  • 14:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@13’: Clare 0-2 Cork 1-3. Fintan Goold drills home a lovely Cork goal. #gaa2012
  • 14:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@15’: Clare 0-2 Cork 1-4. Colm O’Neill’s point puts further daylight between the sides. #gaa2012
  • 14:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@16’: Clare 0-3 Cork 1-4. Michael O’Shea pulls one back for Clare. #gaa2012
  • 14:15
    Guest goal to who?
  • 14:15
    Fintan Goold scored a great goal for Cork. Superb top-corner finish.
  • 14:17
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@17’: Clare 0-4 Cork 1-4. Michael O’Shea pulls another one back for Clare. #gaa2012
  • 14:17
    16 mins - Clare threatened the Cork goal there. Tubridy was blocked from close range. They recycled the ball and got a point out of it. Cork lead 1-4 Clare 0-4
  • 14:18
    18 mins – Colm O’Neill puts over another Cork point. Cork 1-5 Clare 0-4
  • 14:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@19’: Clare 0-4 Cork 1-5. Colm O’Neill slots over his second of the day. #gaa2012
  • 14:20
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@21’: Clare 0-4 Cork 2-5. Powerful run and superb finish by Aidan Walsh. #gaa2012
  • 14:21
    GOAL! Aidan Walsh scores Cork’s second goal. Good run and a neat finish. Cork 2-5 Clare 0-4
  • 14:21
    Conal Ruddy A dashing young (ish) man in the style of Don Draper, Ciaran Daly.
  • 14:21
    I certainly wouldn't disagree with that Conal.
  • 14:22
    There is a definite feeling that Cork could score a lot of goals this afternoon. Every ball played into the full forward line creates panic in the Clare full-back line.
  • 14:24
    Ciaran Sheehan has been the outstanding player of the first half. Cork have quality all over the pitch.
  • 14:24
    Gary Brennan has won some fantastic balls in midfield for Clare.
  • 14:25
    Eoin Cadogan with the most cynical of fouls as Rory Donnelly was driving through for a shot at goal. Cadogan gets booked accordingly.
  • 14:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@26’: Clare 0-5 Cork 2-5. David Tubridy narrows the gap with a second free. #gaa2012
  • 14:26
    26 mins - Tubridy converts. It’s Cork 2-5 Clare 0-5
  • 14:27
    When Clare get to the 65 metre line they only see a wall of red. They need to get the ball into the full forward line earlier.
  • 14:28
    Gary Brennan with a great point. He has been Clare’s best player.
  • 14:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@29’: Clare 0-6 Cork 2-5. Gary Brennan with a superb score for the Banner. #gaa2012
  • 14:28
    28 mins - Cork 2-6 Clare 0-6
  • 14:29
    Donncha O'Connor with the score
  • 14:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@29’: Clare 0-6 Cork 2-6. Donncha O’Connor opens his account with a point from play. #gaa2012
  • 14:31
    GOAL! It’s number three for Cork. Nicholas Murphy palms it in from close range.
  • 14:31
    Cork 3-6 Clare 0-6
  • 14:32
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@32’: Clare 0-6 Cork 3-6. Nicholas Murphy finishes after a strong Paul Kerrigan run. #gaa2012
  • 14:32
    Suggestions that Murphy was in the small square before the ball was played.
  • 14:33
    33 mins – Kerrigan gets in on the scoring act. Cork 3-7 Clare 0-6
  • 14:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@34’: Clare 0-6 Cork 3-7. Paul Kerrigan with his first score of the half. #gaa2012
  • 14:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@35’: Clare 0-7 Cork 3-7. Michael O’Shea hits his third score from play. #gaa2012
  • 14:34
    Michael O’Shea gets his third point for Clare. Cork 3-7 Clare 0-7
  • 14:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Final@HT: Wexford 1-8 Dublin 1-8. #gaa2012
  • 14:35
    Nicholas Murphy’s goal should definitely have been disallowed. Harsh on Clare but I don’t think realistically it changed the pattern of the game. Cork are clearly in the ascendency and Clare don’t look like they can catch them
  • 14:36
    HT – Cork 3-7 Clare 0-7
  • 14:36
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@HT: Clare 0-7 Cork 3-7. Fintan Goold, Aidan Walsh and Nick Murphy with the Cork goals. #gaa2012
  • 14:40
    Clare have some decent players. Rory Donnelly, David Tubridy, Michael O’Shea and Gary Brennan have been competitive. Unfortunately for them, every single player on the Cork team is competitive. Kerrigan only began to get going at the end of the half. Before that, Sheehan had been excellent, Donncha O’Connor posed a threat and Fintan Goold popped up with a goal. And those are just Cork’s forwards. The second half could be painful viewing for Clare followers.
  • 14:45
    The replay of Nicholas Murphy’s goal shows that the ball probably had already crossed the line before he got his palm to it. Given that Paul Kerrigan’s pass was a hand-pass the goal shouldn’t have counted. It was a square ball too. Two reasons it should not have been given. Even if they’d taken two goals off Cork I’d still fancy them to win it easily in the second half.
  • 14:46
    The Ulster minor hurling final ends in a draw. Antrim 2-13 Down 2-13. Replay is next Saturday.
  • 14:50
    Predictions for the second half? Can Cork hit six goals? Will Eoin Cadogan get sent off? Will I ever stop asking questions?
  • 14:51
    The Cadogan foul was deeply cynical. He denied a goal-scoring opportunity knowing the worst punishment he would face would be a yellow card.  That’s wrong surely?
  • 14:53
    Darragh Ó’Sé is a great pundit who doesn’t try to sensationalise everything. He also happens to be a fine columnist for the nation’s finest paper. Check out Darragh’s latest column here - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0704/1224319340923.html
  • 14:56
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@36’: Clare 0-7 Cork 3-8. Ciarán Sheehan opens the 2nd half scoring with his 3rd of the game.#gaa2012
  • 14:56
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Final@45’: Wexford 1-10 Dublin 1-11. #gaa2012
  • 14:58
    38 mins - This could get ugly for Clare. Donncha O’Connor with the score. Cork 3-9 Clare 0-7
  • 14:58
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@38’: Clare 0-7 Cork 3-9. Donncha O’Connor extends Cork’s lead. #gaa2012
  • 15:00
    Tuibridy points for Clare but there was a goal chance which Aidan Walsh blocked. It’s 3-9 to 0-8
  • 15:00
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@40’: Clare 0-8 Cork 3-9. Clare pull one back through David Tubridy. #gaa2012
  • 15:03
    Colm O’Neill with a fine run. He blasted his shot at goal but it was blocked on the line.
  • 15:04
    Cork look like they’re going to score a goal every time they attack.
  • 15:05
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@45’: Clare 0-9 Cork 3-9. Michael O’Shea with his fourth score of the game for the Banner. #gaa2012
  • 15:05
    Michael O’Shea has four points to his name today. Really though Clare need goals.
  • 15:06
    46 mins – Cork 3-9 Clare 0-9
  • 15:07
    Rory Donnelly adds another for Clare. They’re beginning to play.
  • 15:07
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@48’: Clare 0-10 Cork 3-9. Rory Donnelly makes it three in a row for Clare. #gaa2012
  • 15:08
    Just when you think Cork are faltering they score. Colm O’Neill with Cork’s latest.  It’s Cork 3-10 Clare 0-10
  • 15:09
    The attendance today is 9,139. For a Munster final that’s terrible.
  • 15:10
    I can’t remember a game with this many goal chances.
  • 15:11
    O’Neill hit the post from the dead ball twice but scored eventually from play.  3-11 Clare 0-10
  • 15:11
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@51’: Clare 0-10 Cork 3-11. Two for Colm O’Neill. All of Cork’s scores so far from play.. #gaa2012
  • 15:11
    Daniel Goulding on for Nicholas Murphy. Clare defenders must want to cry.
  • 15:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@53’: Clare 0-11 Cork 3-11. Gordan Kelly from play. #gaa2012
  • 15:15
    I'm not saying this game is lacking in atmosphere but I'm just saying I've been to livelier funerals
  • 15:15
    Kerrigan hits back for Cork. 3-12 to 0-11 they lead.
  • 15:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Final@FT: Wexford 1-14 Dublin 2-15. #gaa2012
  • 15:16
    Gary Brennan hits a point in reply for Clare but they aren’t posing any goal-threat.
  • 15:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@57’: Clare 0-12 Cork 3-12. Gary Brennan pulls another one back for Clare. #gaa2012
  • 15:17
    Daniel Goulding is on and he’s on the scoreboard now.
  • 15:18
    David Russell is on. He looks like Ravanelli. Let’s hope for Clare’s sake that he has his goal-scoring abilities.
  • 15:19
    59 mins - Rory Donnelly slots over his third point of the day. Cork 3-13 Clare 0-13
  • 15:21
    Why did only 9,139 people go to the Munster final today?  Was it because the match is a foregone conclusion, the weather, the price,  the Wimbledon final or all of the above?
  • 15:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@62’: Clare 0-13 Cork 3-14. Ciaran Sheehan with his fourth from play. #gaa2012
  • 15:21
    61 mins - Ciarán Sheehan has been excellent for Cork. Another fine point. Cork 3-14 Clare 0-13  
  • 15:23
    63 mins – Cork 3-15 Clare 0-13. This is painful.
  • 15:24
    If the referee adds more than one minute onto the end of this match then we know he has no soul.
  • 15:27
    Clare should have scored a goal after Alan Quirke came out of his goal but alas they couldn’t even force the pity goal
  • 15:28
    Man of the match – it has to be Ciarán Sheehan surely.
  • 15:28
    It’s official – Ciarán Sheehan is man of the match.
  • 15:29
    Conal Ruddy The Cork keeper needs to tell the ref to stop this, ref respect for the opponent.
  • 15:29
    Don’t know if there’s any fellas called Iker down in Cork
  • 15:30
    70 mins - Cork sub Barry O’Driscoll gets in on the scoring act. Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13
  • 15:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@71’: Clare 0-13 Cork 3-16. O’Driscoll puts Cork 12 points clear. #gaa2012
  • 15:30
    Three minutes of additional time. The ref is clearly a robot.
  • 15:31
    Conal Ruddy Nor anybody who can speak English as well as Iker.
  • 15:31
    I wouldn’t go booking any holidays in Cork anytime soon Conal with that fighting talk.
  • 15:32
    Full-time 3-16 Clare 0-13
  • 15:33
  • 15:34
    Conal Ruddy Good job I'm not tweeting these.
  • 15:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Football Championship Final@FT: Clare 0-13 Cork 3-16. Cork ease to their 37th Munster title. #gaa2012
  • 15:37
    Underwhelming final. Cork did what they needed. Very professional (yet amateur) performance. Clare are a spirited team with limitations. They play in Division Four. Cork are Division One champions. It was always going to be straightforward.
  • 15:37
    officialgaa via Twitter Gaillimh amach ar an bpáirc! http://t.co/pvzv48hx
  • 15:39
    Antrim 0-3 Derry 0-1. Oh the tension…
  • 15:40
    Now to the second demolition of the day – Kilkenny and Galway. Tell me I’m wrong, go on, I dare you.
  • 15:40
    officialgaa via Twitter Cork winners of Munster FootballFinal #GAA2012 http://t.co/pHdvqPjr
  • 15:40
    officialgaa via Twitter Cill Chainnigh in eineacht leo! http://t.co/ghfjYUVP
  • 15:45
    If Galway win this game sub-editors across the country have permission to use my ‘They Killed-Kenny’ headline.
     
  • 15:46
    Remember when we thought Dublin were going to give Dublin a game? Hahaha
  • 15:47
    Galwegians – tell us how your team are going to beat Kilkenny? (Hint – they aren’t but I want to hear your false hope)
  • 15:52
    Alex Ferguson must know his best manager in the world title is under threat – Brian Cody’s got your number Sir Alex
  • 15:53
    Joe Canning needs a big game today.
  • 15:54
    Iarla Tannian is a player too as is Tony Óg Regan but will it be enough to be competitive?
  • 15:56
    The panel on RTÉ are discussing Richie Doyle – he’s 20 years old. Will this conveyor belt of talent ever end in Kilkenny?
  • 15:58
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final@25': Antrim 1-6 Derry 0-4. #gaa2012
  • 15:58
    “A goal is worth more than a goal in championship hurling.” – Liam Sheedy.  Taken in isolation you’d say he’s crazy but he was speaking in terms of the psychological effect Kilkenny goals have on opponents. Liam stopped Kilkenny’s drive for five. He knows his onions surely.
  • 16:00
    We’re off
  • 16:01
    1 min -Niall Burke gets Galway off the mark. Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 0-1
  • 16:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@1': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 0-1. Niall Burke gets Galway off the mark. gaa2012
  • 16:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@3': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-1. What a start for Galway, Joe Canning buries to the net. gaa2012
  • 16:02
    GOAL! Galway score a goal. Joe Canning with the finish. Super play. Galway 1-1 Kilkenny 0-0
  • 16:03
    Canning fielded a great ball and buried the ball. A superb start for Galway. Can only be good for the game.
  • 16:03
    Niall Burke with another point. Galway 1-2 Kilkenny no score.
  • 16:04
    There are only four minutes gone
  • 16:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@5': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-2. A second point for Niall Burke. #gaa2012
  • 16:05
    It’s all Galway!
  • 16:07
    I always baulk when I hear words like ‘intensity’ and ‘passion’ being used to form part of a game-plan. How come tactics never seem to come into it?
  • 16:09
    There are almost 10 minutes gone and Kilkenny haven’t scored. Am I dreaming?
  • 16:11
    Galway have been excellent. Kilkenny have been alright but Galway are just first to everything. Surely they can’t keep this up?
  • 16:12
    Joe Canning with a lovely lift before being fouled. Serious stick work from Joe there.
  • 16:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final@HT: Antrim 1-9 Derry 0-5. #gaa2012
  • 16:13
    12 mins – Joe Canning points the free. Galway 1-3 Kilkenny 0-0
  • 16:13
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@14': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-3. Canning knocks over a free. gaa2012
  • 16:13
    Kilkenny are having a hard time coping with the Galway pace. Some cynical fouls out there.
  • 16:14
    14 mins - Galway 1-4 Kilkenny 0-0
  • 16:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@16': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-4. Another Galway free, another Canning point. #gaa2012
  • 16:15
    15 minutes have been played. Kilkenny have not scored. Repeat. 15 minutes have played. Kilkenny have not scored. The world may be ending.
  • 16:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@16': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-5. Canning adds another free, this time from distance. gaa2012
  • 16:15
    15 mins - Galway 1-5 Kilkenny no score. Another Joe Canning free
  • 16:17
    Kilkenny -Are you Antrim in disguise?
  • 16:17
    17 mins - Galway 1-6 Kilkenny 0-0
  • 16:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@20': Kilkenny 0-0 Galway 1-6. This is staggering. David Collins adds another. #gaa2012
  • 16:19
    19 mins – Kilkenny finally score. Henry Shefflin with a free. Galway 1-6 Kilkenny 0-1
  • 16:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@20': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 1-6. Twenty minutes in and Kilkenny finally score. Shefflin free. gaa2012
  • 16:20
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@20': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 1-6. Twenty minutes in and Kilkenny finally score. Shefflin free. #gaa2012
  • 16:20
    Jack Thank God for the rain delay in the tennis, the weather makes the difficult decision as to what to watch.
  • 16:21
    Believe me, this game is worth sticking with Jack!
  • 16:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@22': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 1-7. Another Canning free, and there's 9 in it again. #gaa2012
  • 16:22
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@23': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 1-8. Galway are relentless. Cyril Donnellan with this one. #gaa2012
  • 16:22
    officialgaa via Twitter Galway putting massive pressure on Kilkenny in all sectors. Do you think they can turn around this 10 point deficit? #gaa2012
  • 16:22
    22 mins - Canning with another free for Galway. Then Cyril Donnellan adds another. They lead 1-8 to 0-1
  • 16:22
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@24': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 2-7. Goal for Galway! David Burke rifles it home. #gaa2012
  • 16:23
    23 mins - GOAL! Another for Galway! Superb finish from David Burke . 2-8 to 0-1 in Galway's favour
  • 16:24
    Aidan Fogarty on for Colin Fennelly by the way
  • 16:25
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@26': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 2-8. Galway got a point just before the goal so they lead by 13. #gaa2012
  • 16:25
    25 mins – Even Henry Shefflin is misfiring!
  • 16:26
    Michael Rice on for Paddy Hogan for Kilkenny
  • 16:26
    This game is absorbing.
  • 16:27
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@28': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 2-9. It continues. A David Burke gem. #gaa2012
  • 16:27
    David Burke with another. It’s Galway 2-9 Kilkenny 0-1
  • 16:27
    Fogarty hits another wide for Kilkenny.
  • 16:29
    29 mins -Cyril Donnellan with a point so beautiful it was almost poetic. Galway 2-10 Kilkenny 0-1
  • 16:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@30': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 2-10. Cyril Donnellan adds yet another Galway point. #gaa2012
  • 16:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@31': Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 2-11. Another from Donnellan. #gaa2012
  • 16:30
    30 mins - Great ball by Canning to Donnellan who cut inside and put it over. Sublime. Galway 2-11 Kilkenny 0-1
  • 16:30
    Kilkenny get their second point on 30 minutes.
  • 16:31
    Joe Canning with a monster of a point. Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-2
  • 16:32
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@33': Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 2-12. Richie Power and Shefflin either side of one from Canning. #gaa2012
  • 16:32
    32 mins - Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-3. Your eyes are fine. That actually is the score.
  • 16:33
    At this stage Galway are almost deliberately putting the ball out over the sideline because Kilkenny gift them possession from the cut every time.
  • 16:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final Latest: Antrim 1-11 Derry 0-6. #gaa2012
  • 16:34
    34 mins – Shefflin adds another point from a free. Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-4
  • 16:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@35': Kilkenny 0-4 Galway 2-12. Shefflin free puts 14 between them. #gaa2012
  • 16:35
    Kilkenny could use Seanie Johnston out there
  • 16:36
    Half-time  - Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-4
  • 16:36
    What the hell just happened?
  • 16:37
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@HT: Kilkenny 0-4 Galway 2-12. What a half. Galway lead by 14 points. Stunning. #gaa2012
  • 16:37
    Galway fully deserving of their lead. Physically imposing, tactically astute and unbelievably accurate with their shooting. Kilkenny are rattled.
  • 16:39
    If Kilkenny had gotten a goal before the break the tide would’ve arguably turned. As it is though Galway are comfortable. Expect a Kilkenny onslaught but can they turn this deficit around? I’d be inclined to think not.
  • 16:39
    Damian Ruddy My lift to Carlingford couldn't have come at a worse time!!
  • 16:39
    Get to a tv Damian. You don't want to miss this. Exceptional stuff
  • 16:40
    Canning, Burke and Donnellan have been unbelievably good in the first half.
  • 16:41
    The danger for Galway is that they will be unable to sustain that pace for the second half.
  • 16:42
    Kudos too to the Galway defence. When a long ball comes in there are two Galway men on the lone full-forward.
  • 16:46
    On sporting occasions like this I want to run through the streets at half-time telling people to get to the nearest tv. People missing this will kick themselves. What say you for the second half?
  • 16:47
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final Latest: Antrim 1-15 Derry 0-7. #gaa2012
  • 16:47
    Kilkenny have scored a solitary point from play. They were held scoreless for the best part of 20 minutes and they are 14 points behind Galway. Brian Cody, this is your Istanbul.
  • 16:48
    22,171 is the attendance at Croke Park today. At least double that amount of Galwegians will claim to have been there in years to come.
  • 16:49
    officialgaa via Twitter The attendance today at the Leinster hurling finals in Croke Park is 22,171. #gaa2012
  • 16:50
    Ger Loughnane summed it up succinctly on the Sunday Game. “We don’t usually put the words Kilkenny and meltdown in the same sentence but that’s exactly what we’re getting today.”

  • 16:50
    We’re back
  • 16:50
    Oh and Galway have scored. Galway 2-13 Kilkenny 0-4. Cyril Donnellan with the score.
  • 16:51
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@36': Kilkenny 0-4 Galway 2-13. Second half on, and Cyril Donnellan scores straightaway. #gaa2012
  • 16:51
    The joy is that we know Kilkenny will hit back hard, right?
  • 16:52
    Twitter's funniest man Colm Tobin tweeted this gem - The Kilkenny team have asked for the roof to be closed in Croke Park so that no one can see the second half. #GAA #Wimbledon
  • 16:53
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final Latest: Antrim 2-16 Derry 0-7. #gaa2012
  • 16:53
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@39': Kilkenny 0-5 Galway 2-13. Shefflin taps over a free. #gaa2012
  • 16:53
    38 mins – Shefflin converts a free. Galway 2-13 Kilkenny 0-5
  • 16:54
    Kevin Hynes is on a yellow card and is marking Henry Shefflin. If I was from Galway that would make me nervous.
  • 16:55
    Joe Canning’s side-line cut sails wide. Suddenly everything seems significant
  • 16:56
    Galway were brilliant in the first half. Is there a chance that they will revert to a more cynical approach of slowing the game down and committing tactical fouls?
  • 16:56
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@42': Kilkenny 0-6 Galway 2-13. Michael Rice knocks one over from play. #gaa2012
  • 16:57
    A point from play from Michael Rice. That’s only Kilkenny’s second from play all day. Galway 2-13 Kilkenny 0-6
  • 16:58
    Joe Canning was lax there. He tried to pass to create a goal-chance. The point was on. Misses like that will give Kilkenny confidence.
  • 16:59
    43 mins - GOAL! For Kilkenny.  Richie Hogan buried it from close range. Game on. Galway 2-13 Kilkenny 1-6
  • 16:59
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@45': Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 2-13. Two poor Galway mistakes end up with a R Hogan goal for KK. #gaa2012
  • 17:00
    45 mins -David Burke scored a point. As he was falling he somehow simultaneously controlled the ball and shot. Superb. Galway 2-14 Kilkenny 1-6
  • 17:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@47': Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 2-14. David Burke adds another Galway point. #gaa2012
  • 17:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Hurling Championship Final@FT: Antrim 3-18 Derry 0-8. #gaa2012
  • 17:01
    Pass me the valium please
  • 17:02
    Canning added another score there.  2-15 to 1-6
  • 17:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@48': Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 2-15. Canning free extends the lead again. #gaa2012
  • 17:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@48': Kilkenny 1-6 Galway 2-16. Canning again, this time from play. #gaa2012
  • 17:03
    47 mins – The point that Joe Canning scored there now was obscene. The dummy and the finish were equally brilliant. Galway 2-16 Kilkenny 1-6
  • 17:04
    48 mins – GOAL! Henry Shefflin gets Kilkenny’s second. Galway 2-16 Kilkenny 2-6
  • 17:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@50': Kilkenny 2-6 Galway 2-16. Kilkenny goal, Shefflin flicks to the net. #gaa2012
  • 17:05
    Damien Hayes puts Galway 11 in front.
  • 17:05
    A Kilkenny goal in the next five minutes and I’m going to say it’s a Kilkenny win which would be simply incredible.
  • 17:06
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@51': Kilkenny 2-7 Galway 2-17. Shefflin free follows a Hayes point. #gaa2012
  • 17:07
    You can sense the panic in the Galway team.
  • 17:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@53': Kilkenny 2-8 Galway 2-17. Shefflin knocks over a beautiful point from play. #gaa2012
  • 17:08
    Henry Shefflin’s just scored from play. Ominous. Galway 2-17 Kilkenny 2-8
  • 17:08
    Conor Cooney off Jonathan Glynn on for Galway
  • 17:09
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@55': Kilkenny 2-9 Galway 2-17. Another Shefflin free, and it's game on. #gaa2012
  • 17:09
    54 mins - Kilkenny smell blood here. Shefflin with another free.  Galway 2-17 Kilkenny 2-9
  • 17:10
    55 mins – Great Galway break. Joe Canning with the finish.
  • 17:10
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@56': Kilkenny 2-9 Galway 2-18. Joe Canning fires over from play. Crucial point. #gaa2012
  • 17:11
    Johnny Coen has been inspirational breaking from the Galway defence.
  • 17:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@58': Kilkenny 2-9 Galway 2-19. Canning wins a free, and points it. #gaa2012
  • 17:12
    James Regan on Iarla Tannian off for Galway

    Matthew Ruth on for TJ Reid off for Kilkenny
  • 17:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@60': Kilkenny 2-10 Galway 2-19. Richie Power from play. #gaa2012
  • 17:14
    There are still nine points between the teams and there are roughly 11 minutes plus injury time left. Kilkenny need goals still.
  • 17:15
    Galway flagging a little. Taking on shots from too far out.
  • 17:15
    10 minutes left.
  • 17:16
    I pity anyone who has opted to watch tennis today rather than this
  • 17:17
    Galway sub - Tadhg Haran is on for Niall Burke.
  • 17:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@65': Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-19. Shefflin free leaves eight in it, five minutes to go. #gaa2012
  • 17:19
    Eight points down, six minutes left. Can Kilkenny pull off the most dramatic comeback in recent history?
  • 17:19
    Jack You're right; I'm glad I stuck with this rather than the tennis. John McIntyre might be wondering how he couldn't get Galway to play like this.
  • 17:20
    Whatever the result, Galway have been fantastic and Anthony Cunningham deserves a lot of credit. Tiredness becoming a real issue for Galway now though.
  • 17:21
    POD Pity the guy sitting in a hotel in Hong Kong watching it on here at 12:20am with no TV coverage!
  • 17:22
    Well, I hope you’re getting a feel for some of the drama. It’s not often I’ll pity someone in Hong Kong!
  • 17:22
    Galway have missed chances in the last 10 minutes but they’ve also kept Kilkenny largely at bay.
  • 17:24
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@69': Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-19. It's ebbing away from KK, Galway tiring but time almost up. #gaa2012
  • 17:24
    Matthew Ruth with a shot that skidded wide of the post.  Kilkenny cannot come back from this surely?
  • 17:24
    Cyril Donnellan with the point that confirms Galway will be Leinster champions.
  • 17:24
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@70': Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-20. Donnellan adds to a fine performance with another point. #gaa2012
  • 17:26
    Marty Morrissey just said, “The Leinster championship is going back across the Shannon for the very first time.” Going back for the very first time?
  • 17:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@72': Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-21. Another Canning free, 1-9 for him. #gaa2012
  • 17:27
    Joe Canning puts 10 between the sides
  • 17:27
    FT – Galway 2-21 Kilkenny 2-11
  • 17:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Final@FT: Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-21. Congrats to Galway, they've won their first Leinster title. #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    Connacht’s Galway win the Leinster title.
  • 17:28
    Galway didn’t beat Kilkenny. Galway stuffed Kilkenny.
  • 17:30
    I predict a story in the papers about a Galway lad who put €100 on Galway to win by 10 points.  Then again, I predicted an easy Kilkenny win. What do I know?
  • 17:35
    Galway captain Fergal Moore is happy right now. The weather has not been great in Ireland this summer. These two sentences can be used to help define the word ‘understatement.’
  • 17:36
    All GAA players give speeches like the microphone isn’t working.
  • 17:37
    Who’s for Shop Street later?
  • 17:39
    You’d have to feel sorry for whoever draws Kilkenny in the qualifiers
  • 17:55
    officialgaa via Twitter Galway romped to a historic first Leinster title at Croke Park, read GAA.ie's match report here: http://gaa.ie/18f22e #gaa2012
  • 18:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Antrim captain Damian Quinn lifts the cup after the Ulster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final win over Derry. #gaa http://t.co/0OQYZ0mj
  • 18:02
    When you woke up this morning you might have thought this was just an ordinary day. Well, don’t you feel foolish now because we have witnessed a defining moment in GAA history. Connacht’s Galway are Leinster champions after comprehensively defeating Kilkenny, arguably the greatest team in the history of the game in front of 22, 171 people at Croke Park.

    Galway won by 10 points in the end but led by 14 points at half-time. At that stage Kilkenny had only scored four points, only one of which was from play and the Cats were kept scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the game.

    Galway were able to ride out the second-half onslaught so that when Richie Hogan and Henry Shefflin netted for the Cats the Westerners still held a comfortable lead.

    Galway are Leinster champions for the first time and they deserve to be. You just have to pity the team who draw Kilkenny in the qualifiers now.

    Earlier in the day Cork strolled to the Munster football title with a facile win over Clare. Three first half goals from Fintan Goold, Aidan Walsh and Nicholas Murphy proved to be the difference and Clare never really threatened in the first half.

    Naturally, the big draw of the day was the Ulster hurling final which Antrim won on a score-line of 3-18 to 0-8. 

    And now, I’m drained but I’ll be ready for more of the best GAA action again next week. You will be too. Join me here again then. Gaillimh abú!
  • 18:04
    Leinster hurling championship final
    Galway 2-21 Kilkenny 2-11
    Munster football championship final
    Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13
    Ulster hurling championship final
    Antrim 3-18 Derry 0-8
  • 18:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Here's the shot Galway fans have been waiting for...Fergal Moore finally gets his hands on the Bob O'Keeffe Cup. #gaa http://t.co/kIZhWCQu