Cork’s Lorcan McLoughlin with Limerick’s Donal O’Grady and Declan Hannon  during the Munster final. Hannon can be a key figure for Limerick if he is used in a central position. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

After Sunday there will be only four teams left, (barring another draw) in this year’s premier hurling competition. On the subject of draws is it not (...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Limerick during the Munster SHC Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24Cork gave Páirc Uí Chaoimh a big send-off this afternoon in a memorable Munster hurling final when their forwards finally got (...)

Limerick wingback Gavin O’Mahony, seen here, left, battling with Patrick Maher of Tipperary on Sunday, said the team’s only goal at the start of the year was winning the Munster SHC semi-final meeting with the Premier County. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

You can look at most things in more than one way. On Sunday, Limerick took the field in Thurles as Munster champions to play a Tipperary team with a r(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan and Niall O’Meara crowd out Seamus Hickey at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 2-18 Munster champions Limerick registered a first win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium for 41 years this afternoon. Be(...)

Aidan Fogarty in action for Kilkenny during their NHL  final victory over Tipperary last May. Neither of the  finalists made much of an impact on the championship later in the year, again raising the question of just how important is the league. Photograph: Inpho.

It’s Valentine’s Day when love is supposed to permeate the air. However I don’t think there’ll be too much love, flowers, chocolates, greeting (...)

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(...)

Colin Ryan’s free-taking technique is all about eliminating distractions and following the same routine. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The last thing any Clare free-taker needs going into an All-Ireland hurling final is any comparison with Jamesie O’Connor, although with Colin Ryan, i(...)

Limerick’s Stephen Walsh feels the heat from Clare’s Conor McGrath.  Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Stitch one, purl one, save one, win one. Win it all? Can’t rule it out. Not now. Not after Davy Fitzgerald’s defiant and doggedly structured Clare tea(...)

Gavin O’Mahony tries to tackle Padraic Collins but  is upended by Colin Ryan of Clare

Clare 1-22Limerick 0-18When it’s not happening it’s not happening. Limerick, having breathed the oxygen-rich air of genuine All-Ireland ambition for t(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates his side’s  goal as Limerick manager John Allen looks on during the All-Ireland Senior  Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18: So Davy Fitzgerald continues to turn back the clock on Clare hurling, guiding them to the All-Ireland Final for the first ti(...)