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 Tipperary’s Jason Forde tries to shake off the challenge of Limerick’s Aaron Costello during last weekend’s league clash at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds. As things stand a goalscoring opportunity can still be ‘advantaged’ and the impact of the new rule is more likely to be felt farther out the pitch. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The latest attack on hurling came by stealth. While everyone was rowing over the effective introduction of black-card infractions into hurling – but n(...)

Niyi Adeolokun celebrates with John Muldoon after Bristol Bears’ win over RC Toulon at Stade Maurice-David in October. Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

“The fathach is gone now, he has gone back to his castle but the memories live on.” – Connacht tribute to John Muldoon in 2018 When elders of the hur(...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Tipperary’s John McGrath, Ronan Maher and Alan Flynn leave the pitch after the defeat to Limerick in the Munster SHC semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tom Ryan has been talking on the phone for the guts of an hour when he realises he’s travelled a full circle and arrived back at his starting point; L(...)

Shane Dowling consistently made often sensational interventions in big matches for Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

The retirement of Shane Dowling is a blow to Limerick hurling, just as the road ahead in this year’s championship has taken shape. Taken together with(...)

Limerick’s Shane Dowling celebrates scoring a goal in his team’s 2018 All-Ireland final win against Galway. File photograph: Inpho

Limerick’s Shane Dowling has been forced to retire from inter-county hurling due to a long standing knee injury, he is just 27. The Na Piarsaigh club(...)

Diarmuid Byrnes and Kevin O’Brien celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho

Patrickswell 1-17 Na Piarsaigh 0-15 Patrickswell put an end to Na Piarsaigh’s bid for three Limerick senior hurling championship crowns in a row and (...)

Limerick’s Dan Morrissey with Walter Walsh of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17 Kilkenny’s essential Cody-ness would survive a nuclear attack. They drenched Limerick in a tidal wave here and washed awa(...)

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh and Paddy Deegan celebrate after the All-Ireland SHC semi-final victory over Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17 Kilkenny’s essential Codyness would survive a nuclear attack. They drenched Limerick in a tidal wave here and washed away(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan scores against Cork.  A goal soon after half-time is different. It does more psychological damage to the opposition.   Photograph:    Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of this year’s SuperBowl, the Patriots running-back Sony Michel got in from two yards out to all bu(...)

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