Derek McGrath: “He’s being asked to get the best out of himself, from the time he was 18 to 21. It’s hard going, he’s entitled to the break.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath has finally conceded defeat in his efforts to lure Shane Bennett back into the county fold. Former minor star(...)

Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey: “It’s just completely individual ...  If you tie yourself to [a date], you’re setting yourself up for a fall. You just have to move at your own pace through it.” Photograph by Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jack McCaffrey and Liam Connerton are perhaps unlikely friends but university and, more recently, a shared injury journey has bound them together tig(...)

LIT manager Davy Fitzgerald talks to his team - they host this year’s tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This year’s Fitzgibbon Cup has been overshadowed by off-field sideshows but finals weekend may yet refocus the attention back to the actual hurling.(...)

Cork vs Dublin - John Small of Dublin with John O’Rourke of Cork during Allianz League encounter on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16After last year’s nightmares, Cork flashed with old menace and new intent on Sunday afternoon. An entertaining and end-to-end enc(...)

The Donegal players during the National Anthem before their victory over Derry. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Donegal 1-15 Derry 0-12Donegal turned around a first half deficit to earn a satisfying opening day victory against Derry in MacCumhaill Park in the Al(...)