Richie English

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Limerick captain  Declan Hannon celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup at Croke Park. “I’m delighted for him because things weren’t always easy for him,” says Cregan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ten years ago it started, says Eamonn Cregan. “It was Shane Fitzgibbon’s idea. ‘Lifting the Treaty’ was intended to improve young players in an acade(...)

Limerick 2021: Before the semi-final against Waterford. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne. All other photographs by Inpho team

1 Nickie Quaid Nickie Quaid Club: Effin. Age: 32. Occupation: Teacher. Debut: 2010 v Cork A model of consistency and one of the best(...)

Limerick’s Dan Morrissey has been at every All-Ireland hurling final since 1999, winning on the pitch in 2018 and 2020. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

In the Morrissey household, the tradition of going along to All-Ireland hurling finals started when the boys were young. The first final Dan Morrissey(...)

Michael Carey comes into the Kilkenny starting XV for the All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Cork on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny have made three changes to the team that won the Leinster Championship final against Dublin for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final with Cork (3.(...)

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes celebrates scoring a goal against Cork. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Limerick 2-22 Cork 1-17 Limerick will contest their third Munster hurling final in a row after a deserved eight-point semi-final win over Cork at Sem(...)

Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett and Limerick’s Seán Finn are hurling’s equivalent of the shutdown corners.    Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just like every hurling team, every NFL team has a crop of corner backs. Some are up to the job, some aren’t. Most are middle of the road. But there’s(...)

Cathal Mannion in full flow against Cork. His form is   key for Galway  as his loss in the semi-final last year was so crucial. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The league is over. The championship is more or less here. Nobody is going to get any fitter or stronger by the time the first ball is thrown in next (...)

Richie English returns to the Limerick defence for their opening league game against Munster rivals Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday DIVISION 1A Westmeath v Galway, TEG Cusack Park, 2.0 – Live TG4 Westmeath are a little understrength – Aonghus Clarke is away and captain Co(...)

Richie English’s return is a big boost for  Limerick ahead of the start of the Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork Manager: Kieran Kingston 2020: 4th There was something miserable about Cork last year, beyond the caricature of flailing around in awful condit(...)

Gearóid Hegarty

1 Nickie Quaid Nickie Quaid Club: Effin Age: 31 Height: 6’1” Weight: 12st 8lb Occupation: Teacher The most consistent goalkeeper in t(...)

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