Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly: pulled up in training, reportedly with a back injury. His place at centre forward is taken by Mark Kelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny suffered a late setback before Sunday’s GAA Leinster hurling semi-final against Galway in Tullamore with the news that former Hurler of the (...)

Henry Shefflin: missed the opening championship tie in successive seasons, both against Offaly, due to the same fractured metatarsal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody is expected to start Henry Shefflin in Sunday’s Leinster hurling semi-final against Galway in Tullamore.Richie Power is al(...)

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin and David Collins battle for possession during the Allianz Hurling League Division One semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-16 Galway 0-15 Kilkenny swept through the first of today’(...)

Portumna’s Joe Canning and David Phelan of Mount Leinster during yesterday’s All-Ireland senior club final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portumna 0-19 Leinster 0-11 Portumna eased their way to a fou(...)

Portumna’s Damien Hayes claims possession ahead of    Mount Leinster Rangers’ Richard Coady during the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Portumna (Galway) 0-19 Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) 0-11: A comfortable Portum(...)

 Damien Hayes of Portumna tries to break away from the Newtownshandrum players in the 2006  AIB Club hurling championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last time Na Piarsaigh played in the AIB club championship, Ireland were playing a rugby international, just as they will be on Saturday, hours befor(...)

 Damien Hayes in action against Clare last year: “I remember being told at a club training session on the Friday and I just couldn’t believe it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Portumna and Galway hurler Damien Hayes has spoken about his disbelief on being told of his county team-mate Niall Donohue’s sudden death last autumn.(...)

Portumna’s Ronan O’Meara is chased by Loughrea’s Eoin Mahony and Tom Regan in Pearse Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Portumna 3-12 Loughrea 0-14: There was a familiar end to a terribly sad week for Galway hurling when Portumna claimed their sixth county championship (...)

PORTUMNA 0-22 ST THOMAS’ 1-19: Richie Murray rescued the All-Ireland club hurling champions, St Thomas’, with a goal in the last minute to clinch a re(...)

Clare’s Conor McGrath celebrates scoring a goal against Galway in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14: Given the hurling championship it’s been so far it somehow made sense that the beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway have made t(...)