Tony Considine - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

TONY CONSIDINE: Clare’s young guns fire first warning shot for 2015

They haven’t gone away, you know. Clare’s exit from the senior championship may have been premature, but the county’s younger band of hurlers did not lie down after that disappointment and ended the year in spectacular fashion on Saturday night. 

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Bord Gáis Energy Sports Ambassador Ger Cunningham, centre, with, from left, Wexford captain Shane O'Gorman, Clare captain Tony Kelly, All-Ireland 'B' finalists Kildare captain Gerry Keegan and Roscommon's Paul Kenny. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

TONY CONSIDINE: Expect Clare to edge a cliffhanger

Is there a Bubbles O’Dwyer or Richie Hogan among the 30 young men to march behind the band this evening?

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TONY CONSIDINE: Hurling at its imperious best is spellbinding

What can I say. What can anyone say. What a privilege to be present. Tactics yesterday? What tactics?

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TONY CONSIDINE: Time to throw tactics out the window

All-Ireland final week, and excited as I am at the prospect of another meeting of Kilkenny and Tipperary, I’m also very disappointed with the way hurling is going.

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CRESTFALLEN: A dejected Aidan Walsh is substituted. Picture: Dáire Brennan<

TONY CONSIDINE: Cork pay for allowing Tipp space to prosper

Tony Considine, holds his hands up. He predicted a Cork victory and a classic. On both counts he was way off the mark.

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TONY CONSIDINE: The stylists to dictate as hurling classic likely

I was chatting to Tom Moloughney during the week, a Tipperary hurling great of the 1960s.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Cats not the team of old but winning is in their DNA

Such an epic All-Ireland hurling semi-final I have not borne witness to in a long time.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Limerick’s turn has finally come – if they believe

What a disappointment this 2014 hurling championship has been.

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TONY CONSIDINE: The buzz lasted only 10 minutes as Cork collapse

I thought that we had seen the last of the mismatches last Sunday in Thurles, but unfortunately not.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Blaming Model flop on flurry of games is lame excuse

Let’s call a spade a spade here, the only positive from yesterday’s double-header in Thurles was the crowd of 43,088.

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Keith Rossiter: Absolutely crucial for Wexford.

TONY CONSIDINE: Limerick will stand up to Model physicality

First of all, it is surprising to hear Wexford giving out about where the game is going to be played.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Christen new arena the JBM Stadium

This was the last Munster championship game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh before they close the doors for the rebuild. Whatever about the game, it was a fitting result and the Cork fans certainly went home happy.

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Has shown a willingness to make the big calls.

TONY CONSIDINE: Home advantage gives Cork edge

Three big games in the hurling championship again this weekend, two in the qualifiers, but I’m going to start with the Munster final, and the two managers.

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TONY CONSIDINE: No way Dublin game-plan was going to catch Cats napping

I have a bit of weeding to do now at home, not the kind of job you’d normally look forward to but I have to say, pulling weeds will be nearly enjoyable after this.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Wexford didn’t believe they could beat Banner

Two really entertaining games in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday and, thanks to the timing, I was able to get to both, though the extra-time in Ennis put real pressure on heading to Thurles.

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Johnny McCaffrey - part of an outstanding Dublin midfield with Joey Boland

TONY CONSIDINE: Dublin have improved, but Galway games will stand to Kilkenny

I’m going to start today with the Leinster final, though it’s not the most important game of the weekend.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Kilkenny’s fiery sideline attitude passes to players

When Kilkenny get time to think about what they’re doing they’re better than anyone.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Avoiding Tipp gives Kilkenny greater incentive

Monday’s qualifier draw heaped even greater spice on tonight’s Leinster championship semi-final replay. Awaiting the loser is a clash against Tipperary, in Thurles, next weekend. Some pressure!

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TONY CONSIDINE: Cats seemed to forget art of defence

Three things spring to mind immediately after this game in Tullamore yesterday.

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