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ANTHONY DALY: More balanced Limerick get big guns firing

Even if Cork had Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon I still would have felt that Limerick were more balanced. And they were, writes Anthony Daly.

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JOHN FOGARTY: We need to talk about GAA volunteerism

Seven months into his role as GPA chief executive, Dermot Earley continues a charm offensive around the counties, writes John Fogarty.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Where has this version of Cork been for so long?

Donncha O’Connor has been one of the very best forwards Cork has produced in the past 25 years, but he has always been an underappreciated footballer, writes Mike Quirke.

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ANTHONY DALY: Grounded Waterford get the job done with no frills

Waterford were just the better team. So were Tipperary on Saturday but there was still a sense that Clare left it after them. You cannot argue against 21 points from play to seven, but some of the missed chances for Clare were soul destroying, writes Anthony Daly.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Dogged Matt Kuchar can’t pull rabbit out of the hat

For someone who obviously knows how to get himself into contention in the biggest events, Kuchar has to hope his time will come soon, writes John McHenry.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Corkness? Talk about squandermania

We were in the bowels of the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday as word started seeping through from Limerick, where the Cork footballers were beginning their game with Mayo, one which eventually went to extra time, writes Michael Moynihan.

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RAY SILKE: Galway need dogs of war attitude

This current Galway outfit must be totally tuned in from the first whistle or they can take an awful pasting against Kerry, writes Ray Silke.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Clare mislay first principles in splendid Páirc Uí Chaoimh Nua

Clare released the pressure by taking the wrong options when Tipp were vulnerable, writes Donal O’Grady.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Caddy JP Fitzgerald's shock treatment a critical jolt for Rory McIlroy

If ever you wanted to demonstrate to a young child just how quickly the fortunes in sport can turn around (once you have the right mindset), then all you have to do is look at how Rory McIlroy’s performance improved on Thursday and again yesterday, after the sharp rebuke from his caddy JP Fitzgerald, writes John McHenry.

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ANTHONY DALY: Clare must throw off the shackles against Tipperary

So finally, the big day has arrived. The Páirc is back open, with a shiny new stadium wrapped up in a big red bow, writes Anthony Daly

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LARRY RYAN: Falling into the generation gap

You are always sent a sign. Mind the generation gap. And I’ve had two recently, writes Larry Ryan.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Clare must not starve their hungry hitman again

Today’s game is all about the opposing full-back and full-forward units, writes Donal O’Grady.

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LIAM MACKEY: When women got too big for their boots

Lily Parr. Remember the name, particularly because she should never have been forgotten in the first place, writes Liam Mackey.

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COLM COOPER: Sense of direction should guide Mayo back to Croke Park

We know what we’ll get from Mayo in Limerick today. But we don’t have a clue what to expect from Cork, writes Colm Cooper.

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PAUL ROUSE: Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a stadium more than just bricks and mortar

Having a place to play sits at the heart of the very existence of every sporting organisation. Without such a place, no sport can exist. writes Paul Rouse.

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JOHN MCHENRY: With right attitude, Rory McIlroy will turn the corner

I feel for Rory McIlroy right now. Each week, it seems like he is eating humble pie, writes John McHenry

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PM O'SULLIVAN: Clare and Wexford may find themselves all at sea

Four go down to the Lee, as a Cork band of the 1980s was not called.

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JOHN MCHENRY: Open’s variety of tests will reward senior stars

Before the first shot is hit in the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale this morning we are already guaranteed one thing: The tournament will be the most “open” and competitive championship of the four majors this year, writes John McHenry.

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