Tony Kelly has been in stunning form for Clare ahead of Sunday’s Munster quarter-final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday Leinster SHC quarter-finals Dublin v Antrim, Páirc Tailteann, 3.0 – Live GAAGo Dublin’s flatlining fortunes are summed up by a league campai(...)

Dublin’s Leinster and All-Ireland defence will begin against the winners of Wexford and Wicklow. File photograph: Inpho

Reigning champions Kilkenny have been drawn against Wexford or Laois in this year’s Leinster hurling championship. This raises the prospect of a Wexfo(...)

Aaron Shanagher e celebrates scoring Clare’s  fourth goal with Podge Collins during the All-Ireland SHC Round 1  Qualifier at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12 Clare are into the next round of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers as a result of a thumping 35 point win over Laois at Cusa(...)

 Galway’s manager Michael Donoghue shakes hands with Kilkenny boss  Brian Cody after the league encounter in March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

HURLING (Seán Moran) SATURDAY All-Ireland SHC qualifiers – Round One Wexford v Offaly Innovate Wexford Park, 3.30, Live, RTÉ 2 This looks mo(...)

Offaly’s Shane Dooley celebrates his goal with Joe Bergin. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Offaly 3-22 Laois 2-14 It was a day when Offaly’s scramble away from the trapdoor was a much more powerful motivational tool than Laois’ attempts to (...)

Séamus “Cheddar” Plunkett: “Is the objective for the next 40 years to have an All-Ireland championship where only three counties can win it? Because we’ve had that for the last 40 years.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The GAA has rejected comments by Laois hurling manager Séamus Plunkett that were critical of efforts to develop hurling. Plunkett was speaking at the (...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett tackles Conor Lehane of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

To the victors the spoils and to the vanquished, the qualifiers. I was reminded last week of the lead-up to the 1997 Munster semi-final between Clare (...)

 Laois manager Seamus Plunkett.

Laois v Offaly, Portlaoise, 3.30pm If the intention was to deflect the spotlight from his players, Séamus Plunkett’s temporary resignation work(...)

Laois manager Séamus Plunkett has returned to his post. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It didn’t last long but it seems Séamus Plunkett’s decision to walk away from the Laois hurlers has had the desired effect, with the county announcing(...)

Séamus Plunkett: worked hard in recent years to improve the situation of the senior hurlers  of his native county. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The announcement yesterday morning of Séamus Plunkett’s abrupt departure as Laois hurling manager was a reminder of the difficulties faced by those i(...)

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