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 (...)

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

(...) that defeated Down at Croke Park. Seán McDermott, Donal Ward, Healy and the experienced Donie Shine(...)

Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb gets to grips with Donegal’s Michael Murphy during their Ulster clash last Sunday.

(...).Both Michael Murphy and Seán Cavanagh received sufficient “attention” for it to be the subject of rumbling(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Neil McGee with Justin McMahon of Tyrone during the Ulster SFC preliminary round game in  Ballybofey. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...) of points their opponents had found a vital measure of composure and began to compete. Seán Cavanagh(...)

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty: has been in exceptional form. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

(...), his kick-outs having greatly improved. Seán Cavanagh spearheads a useful full forward line but that(...)

Galway’s Fiontan O Curraoin forms a formidable midfield partnership with Paul Conroy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

(...), Niall Woods; Seán McWeeney (captain), Gary Reynolds, Thomas Mulvey; Darren Sweeney, Shane Moran; Danny(...)

Former All Star Colm Browne was manager of Laois back in 1995. Photograph: Tom Honan\Inpho

Tomorrow evening in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow and Laois will be among the first counties to get the 2015 Leinster football championship under way.(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh has been named to start against Donegal this weekend. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Kavanagh;Seán Gannon, Darragh Foley; Ciarán Moran, Eoghan Ruth, David Bambrick; Alan Kelly, Ed Finnegan(...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

The mushroom theory of hurling development in Cork became a cliche so long ago that its ironic referencing has by this stage become equally cliched. T(...)

Jim McGuinness’s first championship game in charge for Donegal attracted the opprobrium of the Sunday Game, something that turned  McGuinness into a cause celebre  that summer. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

It is one of the peculiarities of the GAA football championship that it tends to start with little fanfare. Yes, there have been a succession of launc(...)