Davy Fitzgerald: “This is still a very competitive division, trust me. We have to go down to Laois and to Limerick still . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even with all his ducks lined up in near perfect order, Davy Fitzgerald still sees some misalignment with the Allianz Hurling League. The format, say(...)

Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin of Clare celebrate victory at the end of the All-Ireland Hurling Under-21 Championship Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Every so often a special group of players comes along and lights up the sporting world with their achievements. What special ability, expertise, capac(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly celebrates a score agains Wexford last Saturday. The reigning Hurler of the Year is included  in a strong home U-21  team  against Tipperary in Ennis. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It may or may not be ideal timing but Clare get the chance to move on from the surrendering of their All-Ireland senior title this evening when their (...)

Michael Fennelly made his seasonal  return for Kilkenny in last month’s NHL quarter-final victory over Wexford and is hoping he has done enough to start in Sunday’s semi-final against Galway in Limerick. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Kilkenny midfielder Michael Fennelly is hoping to start against Galway in Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Galway at the Gaelic G(...)

Rory Shanahan of Sixmilebridge with Newmarket’s Colin Ryan in the final of the Clare hurling championship  at Cusack Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Sixmilebridge 1-10 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-11Exhibiting a tremendous second-half display, Sixmilebridge achieved their 11th title, defeating reignin(...)

Clare joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor during the comprehensive All-Ireland Under-21 final victory over Antrim at Thurles. “We may never see this again in county Clare,” says Maloney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The work of Gerry O’Connor and Donal Maloney is done. Clare’s joint under-21 managers have had a massive influence on at least four starters and a raf(...)

 Cork’s Séamus Harnedy wins the ball ahead of Clare’s Domhnall O’Donovan during the Munster  SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork’s man of the match in their unexpected Munster semi-final defeat of Clare may have been the only debutant on the team but Séamus Harnedy’s hurlin(...)