During the National Hurling League relegation play-off against Kilkenny Clare’s Shane O’Donnell gave notice that, after a litany of injuries, he was finally ready to deliver on the promise of two years ago. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Munster SHC Quarter-final Clare v Limerick Semple Stadium, Sunday, 4pm RTÉ 2 Distraction appears to be the keynote mood in preparations (...)

 Tony Kelly is still Clare’s Mr Reliable what is now a mis-firing forward line. Photograph: James Crombie

This is a big weekend because the Munster championship is starting but how important is the actual outcome of tomorrow’s Clare- Limerick match in T(...)

Tony Kelly: his 1-14 from play accounts for 18 per cent of Clare’s total in the league this season. Photograph: Inpho.

Clare and Limerick renew rivalries this weekend in a fitting introduction to the 2015 Munster championship, and if the league is anything to g(...)

Who will win this year’s Championships? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Keith Duggan Chief sports writer Is Gaelic football, as a spectacle, doomed? The opposite is true. There are six or seven credible Al(...)

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley scores the winning point despite the efforts of Clare’s Cian Dillon during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off at Nowlan Park Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17The sense of unreality that surrounded the two most recent All-Ireland champions contesting yesterday’s relegation play-off in(...)

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh holds off Colm Galvin during his side’s narrow victory over Clare. Photogaph: Inpho

If that wasn’t the first real sniff of summer, then God help our senses. The weather wasn’t bad either, although both Kilkenny and Clare must meet aga(...)

Galway’s  Joe Canning: his recent return strengthens the side  but the balance of motivation – for Dublin, a possible return to Nowlan Park for a relegation play-off – favours a Dublin win. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Football League Division Two Galway v Laois, Tuam Stadium, 2.0 – Two teams going in different directions over the past couple of weeks: Laois’(...)

 Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald during the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare 2-22 Dublin 2-20 Wow, did Clare hurling need this. Not just to breathe some life into their dangerously flat-lined Allianz League campaig(...)

WIT’s Ger Teehan tackles John McGrath of UL. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

UL 2-18 Waterford IT 1-14Clare star Tony Kelly was instrumental as UL took this title for a fifth time in seeing off Waterford IT at Páirc Uí Rinn ton(...)

UL’s Tony Kelly comes face to face with WIT’s Gavin O’Brien in the drawn final. Photo: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

After crashing to eventual champions Waterford IT in last year’s semi-final, University of Limerick and Clare’s Tony Kelly will hope to add a Fitzgibb(...)