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Jacinta ‘Cindy’ Walshe at Pillow Talk: “I offer people respect, a laugh, humanity . . . and devices which help produce one hell of an orgasm.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

“Dull old day out there, I’d say the weather has broken,” remarks the sixtysomething-year-old local browsing through the shelves of adult DVDs. “Oh, (...)

Laois players  Finbarr Crowley and Kieran Lillis celebrating   their Leinster Championship semi-final win over Carlow in Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

To date it has been a notable championship for surprise results. With just the provincial finals to be settled before the All-Ireland series takes ove(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath after his side’s Munster championship Round Five defeat to Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

And so Derek McGrath became the first managerial “casualty” of the intercounty season. After five years leading Waterford, he stepped down having more(...)

Clare’s John Conlon and  Shane O’Donnell in action against Richie English of Limerick during the Munster championship clash at Cusack Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Home advantage has proved a significant and consistent factor in the new championship format. Clare were the only team in Munster to win away – (...)

 Patrick O’Connor of Clare and Seamus Callanan of Tipperary after the match at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Clare 1-23 Tipperary 1-21 In days gone by, people used to turn up for CIE ‘mystery tours’: buy a ticket and be taken God knows where. All championshi(...)

Hawkeye is costly enough already for the GAA and is more important than goal-line technology in the long run. Photo: Inpho

There was a time when Sky Sports was held as some sort of mystical presence within the GAA. Back in the 1990s, there was much pining after the almost (...)

Brendan Maher of Tipperary:  “I wouldn’t like to use it as an excuse  . . .It was poor decision-making; it wasn’t a physical thing that was the poor part of our game [against Waterford]. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One issue to have emerged prominently from the new round-robin format in the provincial hurling championships is the three-week rule. Because of the(...)

Joe Canning: was in impressive form as he contributed a total of 1-12 in Galway’s win over Kilkenny at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

SATURDAY  Leinster SHC round four Wexford v Galway, Innovate Wexford Park, 5.0 [Live, Sky Sports Arena] The temperature rises with the first m(...)

Current Offaly manager Kevin Martin in action against Kilkenny’s DJ Carey during the 2000 All-Ireland final – Offaly’s last appearance on hurling’s biggest stage. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It didn’t take Nostradamus to work out that Sunday’s Leinster hurling meeting of Dublin and Offaly at Parnell Park would be arguably the most importan(...)

Semple Stadium last Sunday for the clash between Tipperary and Cork. Attendances are well on the way to proving a bonanza for the respective provincial councils. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It may be that the operatic grandeur of Waterford’s woes in Cusack Park last Sunday has obscured the bigger picture but there have been a couple of wa(...)

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