Limerick’s Cian Lynch tries to get away from Clare defender David McInerney at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one seamless pattern for Cian Lynch. After a sparkling minor and schools career spot-lit by the fact that his uncle Ciarán Carey was one of (...)

Josh Matavesi celebrates his match winning try against Munster in the Pro 12 semi-final - which moments later was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Inpho

Heartbreak Decision of The Year Award: Josh Matavesi gets to do the honours here. He can hand the gong to Nigel Owen for noticing something was up bef(...)

Paul O’Connell with Conor Murray: the scrum-half remains is awaiting the results of a scan into his medial cruciate ligament injury, which he picked up in Munster’s 21-18 victory over the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor Murray remains Munster’s biggest concern ahead of next Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 final and seasonal climax in the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.The(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a point at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Is there ever an Irish summer when Sunday timekeeping is not a subject of debate?“I turned to Mark and said there was one minute left,” the Limerick m(...)

Ian Keatley winning his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons last week . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fittingly, Ian Keatley looks out on an empty Thomond Park from a corporate box with the number ‘10’ on its door. Four days away from today’s semi-fina(...)

Munster will again look to get to grips with Ospreys’ Rhys Webb, who has been one of the form half-backs of the PRO12 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Two long-standing Irish-Welsh rivals, and two organisations desperately hungry for some silverware. The three-time champions against the four-time cha(...)

 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(...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to the Munster side for their Pro 12 play-off semi-final against the Ospreys. Photogrpah: Inpho

Captain Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo both return to the Munster side for their Pro 12 semi final against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. O’Mahon(...)

Lansdowne captain Ron Boucher leads the celebrations after victory over Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final at the  Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While sitting in O’Reilly Hall last Saturday night at the UCD Rugby Club Dinner I couldn’t help but lose myself in elite club rugby once more. On th(...)

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 (...)