Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney battles with Limerick’s Shane Dowling in the difficult conditions at Croke Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

We’ll wring more years out of this Kilkenny side yet. For the 13th season of Brian Cody’s 16 in charge, they will see out the summer in Croke Park in (...)

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(...)

It’s thumbs up for Limerick and their manager TJ Ryan at  Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With few brass notes to their name all summer, it fell to Limerick to take their place among hurling’s big three after they crushed Wexford in the sun(...)

Wexford’s manager Liam Dunne can only look on as his side are overwhelmed by Limerick in the All-Ireland SHC Quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sometimes you live and learn but most of the time you suffer the same cruel demise over and over. Wexford were, momentarily, back among the elite but (...)

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(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher comes under pressure from Dublin’s  Ryan O’Dwyer. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It is into the stadium of ghosts as the All-Ireland hurling season moves on to Thurles town, giddy with its own unpredictability and brilliance. At le(...)

Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan celebrates with selector Paul Beary at the final whistle of their Munster semi-final triumph over Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

TJ Ryan is retired from intercounty hurling since 2006 but there are times on the sideline when he experiences pangs of envy and wishes he was out the(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy greets  Limerick boss   TJ Ryan after the game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the fuss we made over Clare’s All-Ireland, the team on the receiving end got forgotten. A group of players that had to go home and lick their woun(...)

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey in action against Cork during last year’s Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. “I was just absolutely thrilled to get a jersey the last day. It’s a very difficult thing to do in the group of players we have at the moment, to actually have a 1 to 15.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Séamus Hickey hadn’t yet rounded the corner towards his 19th birthday the day Limerick decided to make a man of him. It was May 2006 and they were in (...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan celebrates with Gavin O’Mahony after the win over Tipperary yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to tip the hat. All through the build-up, Limerick’s players and management had let it be known that the consensus that pu(...)