Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his changes in the panel and backroom personnel  has raised optimism in the county. Photograph: Inpho

SATURDAY McKenna Cup final Derry v Tyrone, Athletic Grounds, 7.30 – Tyrone have been the driving force in this competition since it was resumed in(...)

Paul Kinnerk rejoins the Clare hurling management team after a year’s absence. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The return this week of Paul Kinnerk to the Clare hurling management is the latest evidence that manager David Fitzgerald is preparing a considerably(...)

David Keogh celebrates with his team mates after scoring against Monkstown on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Glenanne produced the shock of the men’s EY Hockey League season to date as they stunned Monkstown 3-2 at the Merrion Fleet Arena, ending the reignin(...)

Munster champions Tipperary open their defence against Cork next summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork and Tipperary will open next year’s championship in Munster after being drawn in the preliminary round. This last happened in 2010 and Tippera(...)

A teacher by  profession, Brian Cody had no track record of success at club level when offered the Kilkenny job 17 years ago. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

The agonies of management were well summed up by a very experienced practitioner, who had known All-Ireland success as well as tougher times. He descr(...)

Patrick McKee canvassing in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost €30,000 was spent by Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland party in its first attempt to have a candidate elected to the Dáil in the Carlow-Kilkenn(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors at the launch of the All-Ireland senior championship at Dicksboro GAA club in Kilkenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It may not be ideal timing and yet Noel Connors believes that Waterford’s under-21 hurlers are ideally served by this evening’s Munster semi-final (...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Clare get their priorities back to front against Limerick Clare first used an auxiliary defender in championship in the 2004 All-Ireland quarte(...)

Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fáil), who won the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, canvassing at Piltown, Co Kilkenny, during the campaign. Photograph: Patrick Browne

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. Fianna Fáil tried to play down how cr(...)