The Limerick management will be hoping the likes of Kevin Downes  will help to   take  the scoring burden off  Shane Dowling, right, in tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The rain was lashing down in a hotel outside Thurles and it was weeks before a ball had even been struck when Eamon O’Shea, the Tipperary manager, sai(...)

Limerick hurler Donal O’Grady: say “home advantage can work the other way if you’re struggling to make an impact because the crowd can get on edge. Photograph: Inpho

Of course there are two Donal O’Grady’s. One felt the need to step away last April but the other is still serving his people until they need him no m(...)

Westmeath’s Gavin Hoey under pressure from Dublin’s Declan O’Mahony and Kevin Nolan during last Sunday’s O’Byrne Cup match at Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Inpho

Such is the sudden onslaught of fixtures this month that Dublin football manager Jim Gavin is anticipating as much trial as error, and he’s not alone.(...)

Cork’s Stephen White and Conor Lehane celebrate the final whistle of the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final againsty Kilkenny.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They strolled out of the tunnel in ones and twos to watch Clare beat Galway. Compact men, so notably conditioned, their faces unfamiliar to the genera(...)

James McGrath red cards Patrick Horgan of Cork at Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork forward Patrick Horgan will be eligible to face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland quarter-final after his appeal against a red card received in the Mun(...)

Shane Dowling celebrates at the final whistle

With fervour altogether appropriate to Bastille Day, the Limerick crowd in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday got ready to storm the field.  Throngs of gree(...)

Referee James McGrath sends off Cork’s  Patrick Horgan during the Munster SHC Final against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15: The long wait for Limerick is over after the Shannonsiders were crowned Munster senior hurling champions at the Gaelic Ground(...)