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Ballygunner land maiden four-in-a-row SHC glory

De la Salle 2017 Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Finalists
o Ballygunner made history in recording a record fourth successive Senior Hurling title success in defeating De La Salle at Walsh Park on Sunday last. The history makers will now put their Munster Club ambitions on the line this Sunday when they host Thurles Sarsfields in the opening round, also at Walsh Park. There is really is [...]

Home the Heroes

Derrick McGragh left bare after the defeat against Galway in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final
erek McGrath lauded praise on his Waterford players in the wake of Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final defeat to Galway at Croke Park, but has remained tight-lipped about his managerial future. Speaking prior to the group’s homecoming to Waterford on Monday evening (as we were going to press), McGrath said his own future was something he [...]

‘Up The Deise’ from The Golden Gate

A group of Waterford ex-pats gather underneath the mist-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge to show their support for the Deise!
y Justine Dwyer No one could accuse Christopher Lane of being a fair-weather supporter of the Waterford hurling team! As soon as Waterford reached the All-Ireland Final a few weeks ago, Christy, as he is known to his friends, from Glenville on the Dunmore Road , booked his flight home from San Francisco where he has lived [...]


Austin Gleeson celebrates Waterford’s win at Croke Park. Photo: Noel Browne.
reak out the bunting, dust off the novelty teddy and re-thread that straw hat that’s been in the attic since Féile: because the mighty men of Waterford have made it through to hurling’s greatest day! A stunning second half salvo, spearheaded by Jamie Barron and Austin Gleeson, propelled a ruthless Deise side into only their second [...]

Davy praises Wexford and buries a few pundits

Davy Fitzgerald running the eye over his Wexford players during Sunday’s pre-match warm-up at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
n a career that’s had its fare share of compelling exchanges with the media over the years, be it as manager of Waterford, Clare or Wexford, Davy Fitzgerald has rarely been more quotable than he was in Cork last Sunday. Praising his Wexford charges, before heaping offering a firm thumbs up to both Derek McGrath and [...]

Moran leads Deise back to Croke Park

Waterford's Maurice Shanahan tussles with Wexford's Jack O'Connor.
By Brian Flannery This weekend saw the dawning of a new era on Leeside with the re-opening of the newly developed Páirc Ui Chaoimh. On Saturday last it was reigning champions Tipperary, pushing past the challenge of Clare while on Sunday, Waterford were too good for neighbours Wexford to qualify for the senior All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals for [...]


Waterford's Conor Gleeson going head to head with Wexford's Conor McDonald at Páirc Uí Chaoimh during last Sunday’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final. See Sport 2-9 for more from Leeside. 								| Photo: Noel Browne
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard [...]


A thousand words, eh? The contrasting emotions at full-time at Walsh Park on Thursday last.
tephen Dalton struck a controversial match-winning penalty in the fifth minute of additional time to keep the Cork hurling wave rolling, thus ending Waterford’s reign as Munster and All-Ireland Under-21 champions at Walsh Park. Before a 4,127 gate on Thursday last, John Meyler’s side edged out the Deisemen in a pulsating encounter, a tremendous contest which [...]

Return to ‘De Park’

Maurice Shanahan has done more than enough to earn a starting berth this Sunday.  								| Photo: Noel Browne
By Brian Flannery This weekend sees the long awaited reopening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals. Tipperary and Clare are first up this Saturday, with the South East derby reserved for top billing on Sunday. There is no doubt that the old relic of a stadium was well past its sell by date but [...]


Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Wexford’s Paudie Foley tussle for possession during last year’s All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final in Thurles. See Sport 2-5 for more. 	 | Photo: Noel Browne
an Shanahan nailed it: parking the win over Kilkenny and rationalising it within the context of the stage it came at in the Hurling Championship was the right thing to do for Waterford’s players and management. But the rest of us have probably enjoyed the feeling that little bit longer. And why the hell not? It’s [...]