Michael “Brick” Walsh, seen here during the league match against Galway, is one of Waterford’s more mature players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

On the day before St Patrick’s Day 2014, Derek McGrath’s Waterford side arrived in Ennis with their step light and their smile easy. With three games (...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh holds off Colm Galvin during his side’s narrow victory over Clare. Photogaph: Inpho

If that wasn’t the first real sniff of summer, then God help our senses. The weather wasn’t bad either, although both Kilkenny and Clare must meet aga(...)

 Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald during the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare 2-22 Dublin 2-20 Wow, did Clare hurling need this. Not just to breathe some life into their dangerously flat-lined Allianz League campaig(...)

The Nire’s Conor Gleeson fields the ball with John Galvin of Cratloe attempting tyo block. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Munster Club Senior Football Championship The Nire 1-13 Cratloe 2-8 After extra-time Cratloe’s hopes of a Munster senior club championship double we(...)

Cratloe’s Pádraic Collins scores his side’s goal despite the efforts of Pádraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields during the  AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling Club semi-final at Cusack Park in  Ennis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cratloe 1-18 Thurles Sarsfields 0-14Cratloe’s winter of wonder continues, their 1-18 to 0-14 win over Thurles Sarsfields here propelling them into the(...)

Ballygunner’s Brian O’Sullivan is fouled by David Ryan of Cratloe  during their Munster club hurling championship match at Walsh Park. Photograph: Inpho

Cratloe 3-7 Ballygunner 1-10 Clare champions Cratloe left wind-swept Walsh Park with a precious three-point victory in the opening round of the Munst(...)

Clare All Star  Conor McGrath and Sean Collins celebrate after last week’s hurling final victory  over Crusheen. Both players will be in action in the football final against Éire Óg as Cratloe aim to complet the double. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

The village doesn’t feature all that highly on county Clare’s famous archive of ballads and traditional tunes and for many decades its GAA teams were (...)

Conor Ryan of Cratloe   battles with  Crusheen’s Alan Tuohy during the Clare Senior Hurling Club Final at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cratloe 0-14 Crusheen 0-6Cratloe triumphed for only the second time in the Clare Senior hurling championship at Cusack Park Ennis, when they defeated (...)

Seán Collins with his brother Podge will be aiming to defeat Crusheen to  win the Clare hurling title. Photograph: Inpho

Sunday Down SFC final Burren v Kilcoo, Páirc Esler, 4.0 – A repeat of last year’s final sees new Down manager Jim McCorry in charge as Kilcoo attempt (...)

Limerick’s Richie McCarthy battles with Cork’s Patrick Horgan during last year’s Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

I was very impressed by Cork when they beat Clare but a couple of things have complicated the overall picture going into tomorrow’s Munster final. Cla(...)