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Cork V Clare: A Munster Final Combined XV

As the build up for this weekend’s Munster SHC final intensifies, we take a look at what players would make it into a combined starting XV from both Cork and Clare.  1. Anthony Nash Nash is now safely regarded as one of the best net minders in the country, without a shadow of a doubt. Since replacing Donal Óg Cusack …

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Colm Galvin Hits Back At Ger Loughnane’s Clare Criticism

Munster Senior Hurling League Round 4, Fraher Field, Co. Waterford 22/1/2017 Waterford vs Clare Clare’s Colm Galvin and Waterford’s Eoin Madigan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Clare midfielder Colm Galvin has hit back at Ger Loughnane’s recent criticism of the Banner hurlers. Loughnane stated that Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland was “the greatest fluke of all time” but Galvin doesn’t agree. With Clare back in a first Munster final in nine years, you’d expect the mood to be more positive. However, the Banner are entering this final in …

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Kieran Kingston Doesn’t Expect Younger Players To Lead

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Pairc Ui Rinn, Co. Cork 26/3/2017 Cork vs Tipperary Cork manager Kieran Kingston

What a difference twelve months has made for Cork boss Kieran Kingston. He is preparing for a Munster final this Sunday after an outstanding beginning to their championship campaign.  Ahead of the game, he has expressed his belief that he doesn’t expect his younger players to have to lead. The difference in Kingston’s side is simply amazing. Twelve months ago, …

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Munster Final Set For Monster Turnout Not Seen In Thurles For Years

Guinness Munster Hurling Championship Final 25/6/2006 Cork General view of Cork fans at the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Cork and Clare face off in the Munster hurling final on Sunday, in a match-up which few could have predicted at the start of the year. The Rebels shocked reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the opening round, before seeing off Waterford in the semi-final. Hype is building around Cork hurling at present, with over 30,000 attending each of those matches. …

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Top Five Moments From The Cork-Clare Rivalry

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay 28/9/2013 Cork vs Clare Clare's Shane O'Donnell celebrates scoring a goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

This weekend’s Munster final between Cork and Clare almost seems destined for drama, if recent matches are anything to go by.  While we all know that Tipperary-Kilkenny has been the rivalry of the past decade, Cork and Clare would probably claim the runners-up medal. The counties have engaged in several tight affairs over the past five years in particular. In …

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Quiz: Can You Name Every Young Hurler Of The Year Since 2000?

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, County Offaly 28/5/2017 Galway vs Dublin Galway’s Joe Canning Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The 2017 championship has been extraordinary so far. The unpredictability has made for thrilling viewing. Perhaps it is the rise of new players which has given the championship a new lease of life. What we want to know is can you name every Young Hurler of the Year since 2000? Mark Coleman, Shane Bennett, Conor Whelan, Shane Kingston, all of …

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Opinion: Dublin Hurlers’ Needless Away Game To Tipperary Is Nothing Short Of A Farce

Following the results of Saturday evening, Dublin, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford won through to the second round of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship qualifiers. In recent times, this round of games have been held at a neutral venue, most often as a double-header in Semple Stadium, Thurles. The one exception to this rule was in 2014, when Tipperary were in the round …

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Reasons For Limerick To Be Optimistic Despite Another Short Summer

John Kiely Limerick

For the third year in a row, Limerick have failed to reach an All-Ireland hurling quarter-final. This stat alongside the Treaty County’s extended stay in Division 1B makes grim reading for Shannonside supporters. However, all is not lost for this group of players as there is potential in this Limerick outfit. They didn’t play up to scratch on Saturday night …

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Hurling Venue Turmoil As Dublin Blast Tipperary Home Advantage And Páirc Uí Chaoimh Opener In Doubt

Hurling Semple Stadium

Dublin face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship qualifiers this Saturday, in what was billed as a neutral venue. However, it has been decided that the tie, which is part of a double-header with Kilkenny vs Waterford, will take place in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Dublin county board chairman Sean Shanley vented his fury at the decision, as reported in the …

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Five Reasons For Waterford To Believe They Can Finally Take Down The Cats

With this morning’s qualifier draw pairing Kilkenny against Waterford the Cats are in the standout fixture for the second week in a row. Amazingly however, the Déise haven’t beaten Kilkenny since 1959 in championship. Brian Cody will be the first to acknowledge that should he get his hands on Liam MacCarthy this year, it would be his greatest ever achievement. The …

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Watch: Hurling Goalkeepers Were In Top Form This Weekend

In such a huge weekend for hurling, we witnessed some outstanding moments of skill. To the fore of these highlights were net-minders Colm Callanan and Nickie Quaid – both of these number 1s produced highlight reel saves. In case you missed it, recently we ranked the top 5 goalkeepers in hurling, and both Nickie Quaid and Colm Callanan made the …

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