Michael Walsh: Dublin need to limit the ball going through him and Waterford’s other senior man Kevin Moran. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This is the litmus test for Waterford. A defeat here would not cancel out the worth of their unexpected league triumph or the advances they made in(...)

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(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “Between this summer and the next two or three summers we will be working very hard to get a fifth All-Ireland back to Clare in 130 years.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hurling life of Davy Fitzgerald has been accompanied by the singularly fatalistic perspective from which he views the best and worst of days. Nobo(...)

Declan Hannon is in the Limerick side to face Dublin in their All-Ireland SHC qualifier Round 2 match on Saturday at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick manager TJ Ryan makes two changes to the team that overcame Westmeath last week for Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier round two meeting wit(...)

David Breen of Limerick is challenged by Westmeath’s Alan McGrath during the All-Ireland hurling qualifier at Cusack Park in Mullingar. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Westmeath 1-12 Limerick 4-15 A wasteful Limerick side survived a genuine challenge from a very plucky Westmeath outfit in showery conditions in(...)

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 21/6/2015Limerick vs TipperaryLimerick manager TJ RyanMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There’s a good argument that, of all the qualifier teams, Westmeath are the one with greatest buoyancy. They performed respectably in the defea(...)

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 (...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan celebrates his side’s goal in the victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The usual 100mph opening thrust from the beautiful game ended with the narrowest of Munster Championship wins for Limerick and confirmation that Clare(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a point at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Is there ever an Irish summer when Sunday timekeeping is not a subject of debate?“I turned to Mark and said there was one minute left,” the Limerick m(...)

 Limerick’s Cian Lynch in action against Dublin at Croke Park during this year’s league campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cian Lynch may not be the obvious candidate to retell the tale of Limerick’s famous Munster hurling semi-final win over Clare in 1996, although he wa(...)