Kevin Downes

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Seamus Callanan: looked extremely sharp in Tipperary’s opening league victory over 14-man Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

SATURDAY  Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Limerick v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, 7.0 [Live, eir sport 2 and RTÉ 2] A good bit of water (...)

Ballygunner’s Wayne Hutchinson celebrates the final whistle with Barry O’Sullivan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-14 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2-8 A red (and black) letter day in a sun-dappled Semple Stadium on Sunday, as Ballygunner upset(...)

Peter Casey scores his second goal and Na Piarsaigh’s third despite the attempts of  Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Jimmy Ryan during the AIB Munster Club SHC semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds in  Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 3-22 Clonoulty/Rossmore (Tipperary) 0-13 Na Piarsaigh strolled to a landslide 18-point win in the Munster club hurling semi-f(...)

Players from both sides compete for the ball in Croke Park during Saturday’s draw. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cuala 1-22 Na Piarsaigh 2-19 There’s nothing quite as anti-climactic as a drawn final and Saturday’s gripping AIB All-Ireland hurling showpiece at Cr(...)

Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan in action against Galway’s Liam Mellows in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium in February. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

It’s unfortunate timing that Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland club hurling final overlaps with Ireland’s Grand Slam rugby encounter in Twickenham, as it’s h(...)

Kevin Downes in action for Na Piarsaigh in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Slaughteneil.  “I’d watch club finals on St Patrick’s Day and never once even thought about being there.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“No interest whatsoever,” says Kevin Downes about rugby, realising that might not be the popular answer. At least not depending on your definition of(...)

 Caolan Mooney: the Rostrevor man returned from a three-year stint with Collingwood in late 2014 but found the transition back to football initially troublesome. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Caolan Mooney could be forgiven for cursing fellow Down man Marty Clarke, his one-time Australian Rules colleague at Collingwood. It was Clarke’s rem(...)

Clare’s Colm Galvin and David McInerney in action against  Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 Another dark chapter in Limerick’s painful hurling history. TJ Ryan’s time as manager ended with this defeat to Davy Fitzger(...)

kWestmeath’s Darragh Egerton and Richie English of Limerick during Limerick’s qualifier win over Westmeath in Mullingar. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18 Limerick overcame the handicap of playing over half the game with just 14 men to overcome a plucky Westmeath side by a(...)

Na Piarsaigh’s David Dempsey and Martin Burke of Ruairí Óg Cushendall during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

ALL-IRELAND SENIOR HURLING CLUB FINAL Na Piarsaigh 2-25 Ruairí Óg Cushendall 2-14 For a competition that routinely throws up thrillers and humding(...)

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