Corofin, Galway and UCD defender Liam Silke in action for his club.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

With the intercounty championships looming into view, the extraordinarily vibrant club season provided more fireworks at the weekend. There were cont(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Richie Reid celebrates with teammates after beating Dicksboro in the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship final at UPMC Nowlan Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 5-19 Dicksboro 1-10 The use of substitutes by the respective management teams told a tale of how the Kilkenny SHC final unfo(...)

Colin Fennelly: Ballyhale forward will be aiming to help his club take another big step towards a second successive All-Ireland club title when they face Slaughtneil. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

There was nothing whatsoever subdued or contained about the way Ballyhale Shamrocks celebrated another AIB Leinster club hurling title on Sunday, only(...)

Corofin players celebrate their All-Ireland senior club final victory over Dr Crokes at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If these are the last club finals to be played on a St Patrick’s Day, at least they take their leave of the national holiday showing where the club ga(...)

Joey Holden: “I’ve no doubt that we’ll be a match for any team we meet later in the championship.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a sign of hurling’s changing times that a return to Croke Park for Joey Holden brings queries about Kilkenny’s difficulties there. The defender’(...)

Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe is fouled by Mark Aylward and Patrick Mullen of Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) 1-15 Ballygunner (Waterford) 0-13 TJ Reid says that having his return to the Kilkenny team delayed by another mon(...)

Ballyboden St  Enda’s Conor Dooley: “This year we just want to give it everything and it’s worked out so far.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

For the fourth successive year Dublin hurling is represented in the Leinster club final this weekend even if Ballyboden St Enda’s are outsiders agains(...)

Colin Fennelly of Ballyhale Shamrocks at a promotional event for the forthcoming  AIB Leinster club hurling final against Ballyboden St Enda’s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colin Fennelly is in a familiar but unfamiliar world. His club Ballyhale Shamrocks are back on track, in hot pursuit of a first AIB Leinster hurling(...)

Kilburn Gaels’ hard-fought semi-final victory over Cappataggle. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Anyone familiar with Jimmy Murphy’s play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road will be aware of the generations of young Irish emigrants who moved to nor(...)

 Joseph Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks is shadowed by Gort’s Gerard Quinn in Tullamore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-17 Gort 1-15Ballyhale Shamrocks have lined up yet another St Patrick’s Day parade after booking their place in the All-Ireland (...)

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