When: Wednesday 28 December 2011
Where: RTÉ Two
Online: Island of Ireland only
In September 2009 Kilkenny and Tipperary met in hurling's showpiece event for the first time in 19 years. No one really knew quite what to expect as Kilkenny were on the march to what would be an historic fourth title in succession. In a game that had everything the Cats emerged victorious in an epic encounter that deserves to be ranked up there with any of the legendary games of the past.
Twelve months later the same two sides reconvened at headquarters with expectations of another classic. This time, however, the hype surrounding the drive for five by Kilkenny was huge, and unfortunate injuries to key players Henry Shefflin and John Tennyson added to the intrigue. Tipperary, rank outsiders in the eyes of many, ended the drive for five as Liam Sheedy's men delivered a peerless display that included an incredible hat-trick from man-of-the-match Lar Corbett.
A third instalment seemed inevitable in 2011 as the two powerhouses of hurling slugged it out in the All-Ireland Final for a third successive year. Would it be a return to the throne for the Black and Amber or would the Premier County retain Liam McCarthy for the first time since the 1960's?
These are the questions we put to some of the key figures involved in all three matches as they give us their thoughts on a trilogy of encounters that gripped the nation and produced some of the most compelling hurling ever seen.