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It’s been a long winter punctuated by storms and lots of snow, but with today’s hurling on the hard sod at Parnell Park, summer is here.

Dublin v Kilkenny throws in at 2pm and we’ll have live updates throughout. How do you see this one going?

Lots of sports fans throughout the country will be trying today to get their heads around the new hurling championship structure; here’s how RTE break it down:

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Panellist Anthony Daly enjoyed watching footage of the 2013 win for the Dubs over his colleague Henry Shefflin and Kilkenny.

We were treated to a nicely edited package of that historic victory over the NFL America’s Game theme.

“I don’t have to be here. There’s no-one putting a gun to my head,” Brian Cody tells Michael Lyster. He’s ready for road.

This is worth a read before throw in; former Dublin star Peter Kelly on the lessons of 2013 and what Dublin need to bring to challenge The Cats this weekend by Gavin Quinn.

We’re up and running in Parnell with Dublin hitting their first wide through Paul Ryan.

3Mins

Kilkenny 0-1 Dublin 0-0 Eoin Murphy nails a massive free for the Cats.

4Mins

GOAL! Dublin 1-0 Kilkenny 0-1 Paul ryan raises a green flag after a pass from Liam Rushe who sailed through the centre. Where was the defence?

6Mins

Dublin 1-0 Kilkenny 0-2 TJ Reid opens his account with a straightforward-looking free.

9Mins

Dublin 1-1 Kilkenny 0-2 Paul Ryan sends over a free to add to his tally for Dublin.

10Mins

Walter Walsh hits the Cats’ first wide of the afternoon after a couple of big tackles flew in out the field.

‘Kilkenny are a little bit shell-shocked’ says Michael Duignan.

13Mins

Dublin 1-2 Kilkenny 0-2 Another free from Ryan sees the gap stretch to three points after 12 minutes. As I type, Danny Sutcliffe builds up a head of steam and shoots on the run but it drifts wide.

Great play from the Dubs though.

17Mins

Dublin 1-2 Kilkenny 0-4 What a stop from Aaron Nolan with his right boot! Ger Aylward’s shot was saved and flicked away from danger.

Walter Walsh Zidane-turned away from two defenders, rode a big challenge and picked out Aylward to set that up.

TJ Reid sends the 65 over.

19Mins

Dublin 1-3 Kilkenny 0-4 Paul Ryan converts another free. We’ve had one score from play so far.

21Mins

Dublin 1-4 Kilkenny 0-4 Conal Keaney flicks an opportunistic point over. Paul Ryan mis-hit a long range free, Joey Holden was caught napping and possibly fouled in the build up.

23Mins

Paul Ryan’s missed another free and it looks like his confidence over the set piece was shaken by that earlier mis-cue.  This is very stop-start.

27Mins

Dublin 1-4 Kilkenny 0-5 Midfielder James Maher lofts over the Cats’ first point from play.

28Mins

Dublin 1-5 Kilkenny 0-5 Free in to Dublin and its moved in because of dissent. Paul Ryan surely considers a shot under the crossbar but he ultimately takes his point.

29Mins

Young Fergal Whitely hits Dublin’s eighth wide of the day. Wasteful.

30Mins

Dublin 1-6 Kilkenny 0-5 Eoghan O’Donnell has picked himself up after an awkward fall behind the post. He seems okay to continue.

Conal Keaney sends over a good point in the meantime.

31Mins

Dublin 1-6 Kilkenny 0-6 ‘TJ Reid doesn’t miss those,’ says Darragh Maloney. He slots another free.

33Mins

Dublin 1-6 Kilkenny 0-8 Eoin Murphy sends over a huge free again. That’s two points for the goalkeeper in this half.

Colin Fennelly is on for Bill Sheehan.

Walter Walsh tacks on another good score as I write.

34Mins

What a goal. Keaney’s shot was saved brilliantly by Eoin Murphy but Whitely swept in a ground stroke. Brilliant, old school stuff.

35Mins

Dublin 2-7 Kilkenny 0-9 TJ with another and then Paul Ryan adds one for Dublin.

35Mins
41Mins

Phew! What about that then?

Liam Sheedy says Kilkenny should be concerned and Dublin are good value for their lead.

50Mins

Dublin 2-7 Kilkenny 0-10 TJ Reid gets us up and running for the second half with a good 65.

51Mins

Dublin 2-8 Kilkenny 0-10 Paul Ryan was working against a strong breeze there but he sent over his sixth point. Conal Keaney’s sent over another one meanwhile.

Great play from Liam Rushe and Dublin.

40Mins

Dublin 2-9 Kilkenny 0-11 John Donnelly shortens the grip to point from in front of the posts. This is a lot more open since the break.

41Mins

Dublin 2-9 Kilkenny 0-12 James Maher points for Kilkenny and this is going at a fair tip now.

42Mins

Dublin 2-9 Kilkenny 0-13 Walter Walsh sweeps up a loose ball that seemed to roll out of a bit of a ruck and he made no mistake from the sideline.

44Mins

Conal Keaney drew a foul but Paul Ryan misfires on the free again. Bad one.

45Mins

Dublin 3-9 Kilkenny 0-14 Dublin almost walked that on in. Liam Rushe caused havoc and a couple of hand passes later, Malone was on the deck but managed to nudge the ball over the line.

The Cats respond with a point and then Paul Winters raises a white flag for Dublin. He’s on for Paul Ryan.

50Mins

Dublin 3-11 Kilkenny 0-14 Paul Winters has hit the ground running since coming on and he’s added a monster point to his tally.

50Mins

Dublin 3-11 Kilkenny 0-15 TJ Reid makes no mistake from another free.

54Mins

Dublin 3-12 Kilkenny 0-16 Joey Holden scores for Kilkenny before Tomás Connolly comes on in place of Rian McBride for Dublin.

And Diarmuid’s younger brother has raised a white flag already.

54Mins

Dublin 3-12 Kilkenny 0-17 Another free form TJ and then Richie Leahy heads off to be replaced by Liam Blanchfield.

58Mins

Dublin 3-12 Kilkenny 0-18 Colin Fennelly gets motoring down the pitch and knocks over a point off his left. A score in it again.

59Mins

Dublin 3-14 Kilkenny 0-18 Conal Keaney is some man – the 35-year-old is still going at centre forward and has added another point from play.

Moments later Fiontán McGibb manages to squeeze over another.

60Mins

Keaney looks to be hurt after an awkward fall as he tried to gather a loose ball.

61Mins

Kilmacud’s Ryan O’Dwyer is on for Keaney after a very good hour’s work for the veteran.

62Mins

Dublin 3-15 Kilkenny 0-19 TJ Reid looked to get a sight of the goal there but he took his point on the turn.

Chris Crummey responds with a big, big point though.

64Mins

Dublin 3-15 Kilkenny 0-20 TJ Reid, a free, you know the rest.

The Cats are still in this with four points in it and seven minutes or so to go.

66Mins

Dublin 3-15 Kilkenny 0-21 All of a sudden, thanks to another huge Eoin Murphy effort, we’re down to the puck of a ball.

68Mins

Scenes! Paul Murphy’s ball drops under the crossbar, Alam Nolan catches it but is bundled across the line thanks to Walter Walsh largely.

Nolan hops up, whips off his helmet and squares up. Free out.

68Mins

Dublin 3-15 Kilkenny 0-22 Colin Fennelly scores a point and we have four additional minutes. Two points in it.

70Mins

Unreal stuff. Liam Blanchfield steamed through the middle, was almost tripped but drove on to bat it home.

70Mins

Kilkenny 1-24 Dublin 3-16 Winters scores for Dublin and then Walter Walsh responds. Two in it.

71Mins

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 3-16 TJ Reid adds another score with a free.

That was some second half.

Dublin will be gutted you’d imagine after they left that one behind them with a wide count in double figures. Conal Keaney’s injury seems to have been a turning point.

Kilkenny are up and running and got the job done in the end.

What did you make of that?

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