Waterford’s Shane Bennett tackles Conor Lehane of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

To the victors the spoils and to the vanquished, the qualifiers. I was reminded last week of the lead-up to the 1997 Munster semi-final between Clare (...)

 Laois manager Seamus Plunkett.

Laois v Offaly, Portlaoise, 3.30pm If the intention was to deflect the spotlight from his players, Séamus Plunkett’s temporary resignation work(...)

Laois manager Séamus Plunkett has returned to his post. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It didn’t last long but it seems Séamus Plunkett’s decision to walk away from the Laois hurlers has had the desired effect, with the county announcing(...)

Séamus Plunkett: worked hard in recent years to improve the situation of the senior hurlers  of his native county. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The announcement yesterday morning of Séamus Plunkett’s abrupt departure as Laois hurling manager was a reminder of the difficulties faced by those i(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath and selector Dan Shanahan during the drawn  Munster senior hurling championship quarter-final against Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Waterford’s performance against Cork wasn’t entirely out of the blue, only though in the sense that reliable judges within the county had said the tea(...)

The Emeralds GAA club ground, Páirc Smáirgaid, in Ruislip, London.

The race for domination of this season’s television championship coverage has had a staggered start with The Sunday Game team first out of the traps. (...)

Laois manager Séamus Plunkett: wants a restructuring of the current process. Photograph: Inpho

Laois hurling manager Séamus Plunkett has endorsed criticisms of the Leinster preliminary group already voiced by other managers involved in the round(...)

Willie Hyland of Laois: five-point haul.

Leinster SHC round robin(Round Three)Antrim v LondonBallycastle, Tomorrow, 2.0 Tommy Harrell, who this year again stepped into the breach as joint-man(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly watches the flight of a shot during the NHL Division IA against Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis. Last year’s hurler of the year impressed on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The dressingroom exits at Cusack Park take players along a narrow pathway towards the gate. On Sunday, the thoroughfare was cr(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling: his  62nd minute goal was the critical score at O’Moore Park  on Sunday against Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick dug deep to chisel out a desperately hard-fought win over a Laois side that is continuing on an upward curve, with a 62nd minute goal (...)