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Down’s Connaire Harrison in action against Tipperary. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Down 1-13 Tipperary 1-10 Finishers is the term England rugby coach Eddie Jones coined, when introducing his substitutions in the final quarter of a m(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher scores his side’s third goal despite the efforts of Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As he shuffled on and off the pitch in Ennis, the words of the world’s most over-qualified water-boy rang out. “You should be careful about making (...)

Wexford’s Liam Ryan with Liam Blanchfield of Kilkenny as referee Alan Kelly falls to the ground. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Another Sunday of lamentable weather presented hurling to be endured more than enjoyed. When the blizzards cleared, it was Cork and Kilkenny who found(...)

Offaly line up for the Allianz  League clash against Laois in O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Should it have come to this? The All-Ireland hurling championship has rarely been more open or egalitarian so there is a bitter irony that Offaly, th(...)

Kilkenny’s Michael Rice and Shane McGrath of Tipperary contesting a loose ball during the  League Division One final in 2009. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny go to Thurles on Sunday to face Tipperary. It is the latest renewal of the most persistent pairing in top-level hurling over the past 10 year(...)

Michael McKernan: The Young Footballer of the Year nominee  is named in the Tyrone team to face Derry this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

[Matches at 2.0 unless stated] SATURDAY Munster SF McGrath Cup final Clare v Cork, Miltown-Malbay – After all the coverage of Cork’s football visi(...)

 Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy:  “These boys certainly seem up for work and they can look forward to the new year and the National League.” Photograph:    Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Returning Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy believes his squad have fallen behind in the physical stakes, but he thinks they need an all-round imp(...)

Liam Sheedy: “I’m going go give it 100 per cent to get the team to play to its potential.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Liam Sheedy’s second term in charge of Tipperary gets under way against the All-Ireland champions on Friday evening at the Gaelic Grounds (7.30pm) and(...)

Séamus Hickey lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup in Croke Park last August. The Limerick stalwart has since announced his retirement from the inter-county scene. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s a kind of homecoming for Limerick’s senior hurlers on Friday night at the Gaelic Grounds as they play their first competitive match since claimin(...)

Limerick hurler Cian Lynch with hockey international Nikki Evans and and fitness instructor, Roz Purcell and an event to promote World Egg Day on Monday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s pushing five months ago, now. Cian Lynch was being interviewed a few days after Limerick hurlers had sounded the first warning of the summer by d(...)

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