Limerick manager John Kiely shakes hands with Waterford manager Paraic Fanning after the game at Walsh Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Waterford’s dispiriting run in the championship round robin over the past two seasons intensified with the 20-point defeat by Limerick to the extent t(...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan and Sean O’Donoghue with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane  during the recent Munster championship clash when Cork  tuned the tables on their All-Ireland semi-final conquerors in emphatic fashion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It hasn’t been a great start for Waterford. For whatever reason, they didn’t spark until too late against Clare and couldn’t catch up. Then they sho(...)

The emergence of the likes of  Conor Boylan shows the strength in depth Limerick have. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We haven’t seen Limerick since the league final but everything about their campaign seemed to indicate that they had carried on from where they left o(...)

 Kilkenny’s TJ Reid will look to claim scores from distance against Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Leinster SHC round one Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 7.0 For all of the excitement around the place about how Kilkenny’s injur(...)

Carlow’s Martin Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho/Laszlo Geczo

LEINSTER Carlow Manager: Colm Bonner (third year) Odds: All-Ireland 1000/1; Leinster 1000/1 First up: v Galway, Pearse Stadium, May 12th, 3.00pm Be(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks’ Colin Fennelly on his way to scoring a goal against Naomh Éanna in the Leinster semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

SATURDAY Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-finals Galway v Wexford, Pearse Stadium, 1.30, Live TG4 The first of two championship rehearsals(...)

Dublin’s Shane Carthy with Gareth Bradshaw and Barry McHugh of Galway during last year’s Allianz League final at Croke Park. Panel strength has allowed Dublin to try out different players and continue to win. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It has been a less-than-ideal overture to the Allianz Leagues, which start this weekend. Publicity about the impending commencement of serious interco(...)