Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly scores the opening goal of the AIB   All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Final against  Kilmallock at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 1-18 Kilmallock (Limerick) 1-6Within seconds of the final whistle, Henry Shefflin removed his helmet to reveal that fam(...)

Eye on the ball: Eoin Ryan of Kilmallockin Mullingar.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Kilmallock 2-19 Portaferry 0-12Munster champions Kilmallock proved much too strong for their Ulster counterparts Portaferry in a disappointing All-Ire(...)

Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy is gunning for Cratloe. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Such is the Clare backdrop to Sunday’s Munster club hurling final that Kilmallock may need some reminding of where exactly they’re coming from.They’re(...)

St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh’s Bernard Brogan: will bid  to earn a county final place with his club when they face St Jude’s. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Today Dublin SFC semi-finals (Parnell Park) St Oliver Plunkett’s v St Jude’s, 3.30 – Widely assumed to have missed the bus in recent years, Plunke(...)

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(...)

Kilkenny’s Mark Kelly is tackled by Limerick’s  Wayne McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17 IT WAS after half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final and as a Biblical downpour crashed onto Croke Park, (...)

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(...)

Limerick’s Tom Condon shows Paul Morris and Lee Chin of Wexford a clean pair of heels in yesterday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11 There are limits to super-heroics. Not for the first time, the unexpected happened when these county colours mingled and W(...)

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 Alan Cadogan and Tom Condon of Limerick clash in yesterday’s Munster Hurling Final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

For all the entertainment value in the Munster final I’d have to damp down my pre-match belief that Cork and Limerick were potentially the two best te(...)