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 (...)

“The Pashley PDQ is a lot more comfortable than conventional diamond-framed bikes,” says Andrew Robinson.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Andrew Robinson Andrew Robinson, the self-titled Recumbentman, is a familiar sight in Ranelagh and Donnybrook: a distinguished, tweed-wearing, bearded(...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

The intercounty retirements of Brian Hogan, Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh are a huge loss, not just to Kilkenny, but hurling at large. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

At last hurling championship time is with us. In the closed season (Yes, I know, what closed season?) we’ve been kept mildly entertained by the usual (...)

Limerick’s Barry Hennessy: will start in goal against Clare at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has named three debutants in his team to take on Clare in Sunday’s opening fixture of this year’s Munster hurling (...)

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(...)

Julia Holmes (63) and Thomas Ruttle (56). Suicide notes were found in their home. Photograph: Macmonagle

“If you find us don’t revive us” was one of the final messages in a series of hand written notes discovered in the home of a woman and her partner (...)

The 63-year-old woman found dead at the farmhouse along with her 56-year-old partner has been positively identified as convicted fraudster Julia Holmes. Photograph: Tom MacMonagle

No decision has been made in relation to any possible charges a gang of burglars may face after they broke into a Co Limerick farmhouse and discovered(...)

 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(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:  “I just do not see the space for an election.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will run its full five-year term and not call an early general election in November this year, Tánaiste Joan Burton has said. Ms Burto(...)