Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s unusual a match ends up playing out as most people expected. Limerick were up to a point nearly as good as they could have been. They come up sho(...)

Richie Hogan of Kilkenny scores his side’s first goal during the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17They may have missed the big day in 2013, but Kilkenny showed their championship credentials haven’t diminished.The Cats ro(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates one of his two goals against Wexford in the quarter-final at Thurles. He will pose a major threat to Kilkenny’s defence on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomorrow will be Kilkenny’s 14th All-Ireland hurling semi-final in the 15 years of Brian Cody’s management. Of those 14, the county has lost just two(...)

It’s thumbs up for Limerick and their manager TJ Ryan at  Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With few brass notes to their name all summer, it fell to Limerick to take their place among hurling’s big three after they crushed Wexford in the sun(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Wexford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11There are limits. Wexford ran into a brick wall this afternoon in Thurles as their adventures of the past month caught up ev(...)

Cork’s Pa Cronin and Donal O’Grady of Limerick at close quarters in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Twelve months ago this was a genuinely surprising Munster final in a momentous season by the end of which both teams had been beaten by the new All-Ir(...)

Limerick’s David Breen: recalled to the side to face Cork in Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Inpho

Munster champions Limerick make one change to the team that recorded the county’s first championship defeat of Tipperary in Thurles for 41 years for (...)

Adare’s Declan Hannon is tackled by Na Piarsaigh’s Kieran Breen during the Limerick senior hurling final at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh 0-14 Adare 0-12Na Piarsaigh won back the Limerick senior hurling crown which they lost 12 months ago after claiming it for the first time(...)

Limerick warm up ahead of their Munster semi-final senior hurling championship game against Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh in June 2010. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

They are the team of asterisks, the exceptions to the rule. The panel that lined out for Limerick in the 2010 championship were hurlers but they weren(...)