Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Limerick 1-16 Two mysteries here to test the sleuthing skills of the multitudes gathered in Thurles on Saturday night. One, how Du(...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan: “He didn’t say anything to me. He called the referee. I thought he was calling the referee to tell him it was a point but he didn’t say anything to me.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

TJ Ryan ended up having to answer the questions he hadn’t anticipated before this sobering defeat, ones no manager wants to hear after a match. Chief (...)

Séamus Hickey blocks the  shot from Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan during the Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick 1-16 Tipperary 4-23 If the sound of Tipperary talking themselves up during the week occasionally came across as a little forced, everyone was(...)

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(...)