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Rob Downey: ‘Every game in the Fitzgibbon is hard. I think we’ve two away games and one at home.’   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For someone whose season was shaped by a chance opportunity, Robert Downey wouldn’t feel that 2021 was a particularly lucky year. Having taken the C(...)

Cian Lynch, one of the 12 selected Limerick All Stars this year, celebrates at the final whistle following the county’s comprehensive victory over Cork in the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Much of the fallout from the PwC hurling All Stars has focused on All-Ireland finalists Cork receiving none rather than champions Limerick taking 12, (...)

Kilmallock and Graeme Mulcahy are waiting to find out their Munster SHC opponents. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A full 13 weeks after Cork’s All-Ireland hurling final loss to Limerick, their flagship county senior championship will conclude this Sunday. Liam Ma(...)

Tyrone’s Ronan McNamee and David Clifford of Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final at  Croke Park last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was Paul Earley who summarised the superior attractions of hurling when discussing the future of football on these pages three years ago. “One of (...)

Linda Collins: ‘You kind of learn that at the end of the day it’s a hobby and you are playing camogie because you love it. It’s so enjoyable.’ Photograph: Brian Keane/Inpho

All-Ireland camogie senior semi-finals: Tipperary v Galway, Croke Park, Sunday - 2pm (live on RTÉ 2) Cork v Kilkenny, 4pm (live on RTÉ 2) Listening t(...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch celebrates after scoring one of his six points against Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The most disconcerting thing about Cian Lynch is that his primary objective seems to be to help his team-mates to thrive. Every team knows that a key (...)

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates his goal at Croke Park on Sunday.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The writing was on the wall at an early stage. We knew that this final was going to be about Limerick because if they brought their best, their A game(...)

Limerick fan Anthony ‘Whacky’ Galvin: ‘Without being too confident, I honestly think we’ll be too strong for Cork.’ Photograph: Brendan Gleeson

Limerick hurling supporters have thrown down the gauntlet to their Cork counterparts ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship final, (...)

Cork’s Jack Leahy has scored 3-9, 1-14, and 0-11 in his last three games. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Electric Ireland Minor All-Ireland Hurling Championship Final: Cork v Galway, Saturday, Semple Stadium, 7.30pm – Live on TG4 These are strange and cu(...)

The shape of the hurley is basically the same since the 1950s. The one on the left   was owned by hurling legend  Mick Mackey of Limerick. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This Sunday Cork have the chance to bring Limerick’s reign as All-Ireland champions to an end. Strangely for counties in the same province this has ha(...)

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