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Willie Walsh Interview: A hurling crusader

Like Len Gaynor, Willie Walsh, former Bishop of Killaloe, is a Tipperary man who played his part in Clare’s hurling breakthrough. Retired now, he has questioned everything, from his faith to the meaning of it all. But never his devotion to the game of hurling.

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Kerry ‘ready to rock and roll’

Forget the geography of it, because Kerry will be breaking new ground when they take on Carlow in the Leinster Championship round robin series qualifier on Sunday, where a win would be a significant step for the Kingdom towards a Leinster quarter-final against either Galway or Laois.

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Julianne Malone stepping up on maiden journey with Kilkenny

Julianne Malone aims to complete a dazzling debut national league season tomorrow by firing Kilkenny to a 12th title in the competition.

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Clare’s goal threat could prove crucial

Allianz Hurling Division 1 final: For all the niceties exchanged between Davy Fitzgerald and Derek McGrath since their semi-final wins, there is still a level of uneasiness between the camps.

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Tony Kelly keen to recapture magic of 2013

Fame. It was never a friend of Tony Kelly’s nor did he ever want it to be. Sure, he featured in that omnipresent Sky Sports TV ad two years back but he dodged most of the garlands flung his way.

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Westmeath boss has one eye on Waterford

Westmeath boss Michael Ryan admits that he’s “really, really sorry” he won’t be sitting in the stand tomorrow when his native Waterford face Clare in the Allianz Hurling League final.

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Another giant stride on Waterford’s evolutionary road

The listings in the current edition of the RTÉ Guide announce that 3.30pm is “throw up” time in Thurles tomorrow. Two thoughts occur.

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Seán Stack fears Waterford strategy could ‘disintegrate’

The man who captained Clare to their last national hurling league title win in 1978 believes Waterford play to their current system to help cover up deficiencies.

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Davy Fitzgerald warns Sunday's Division 1 final may not be a day for the purists

Davy Fitzgerald has cautioned Sunday’s Division 1 final is unlikely to be pretty on the eye as Clare and Waterford populate the middle third.

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Kilkenny must consider sweeper, admits TJ Reid

It’s not even three months since Brian Cody vowed ‘never’ but TJ Reid has suggested it may be time now for Kilkenny to bow to pragmatism and consider deploying a sweeper.

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Fintan O’Connor: Ennis defeat turning point for Waterford

Waterford selector Fintan O’Connor believes the triggers for the county’s current hurling renaissance came before his involvement.

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Watching brief left Colm Galvin gunning for action

“First In, Last Out” is the slogan that adorns the walls of Clare GAA’s Caherlohan training base outside Tulla.

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Derek McGrath keeps it cordial but Waterford plan shock

Derek McGrath knows how this works. He says potato, Davy Fitzgerald says potahto. Dan Shanahan says tomato. Dónal Óg Cusack say tomahto. Thankfully, Waterford and Clare have not decided to call the whole thing off. Neither would they, as they attempt to kill the other with kindness.

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Davy Fitzgerald confirms Podge Collins fit for Clare

Davy Fitzgerald has confirmed Podge Collins will be available for Clare for Sunday’s Division 1 final – but has ruled out David McInerney (back) and Conor Ryan (calf), while Shane O’Donnell (foot) is rated as “50-50”.

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I’ll be fit for championship, says Joe Canning

Joe Canning is confident the knee problem which forced him to miss his first game for Portumna through injury since he made his debut 12 years ago will not be a factor for Galway’s opening game in the championship in just over five weeks.

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Psychologist helped Kerry players get over ‘hatred’ of one another

Kerry captain Daniel Collins admits that county colleagues used to “hate” each other before a psychologist helped them get past club rivalries for the common good.

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Cormac Murphy injury a sour note in Cork canter

Cork 1-26 Clare 1-13: A comfortable win for Cork in this senior hurling challenge game against Clare was marred by a concussion injury suffered by defender Cormac Murphy in the second half. 

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Waterford minors bounce back

Munster MHC play-off - Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17: Waterford minor hurling boss Stephen Gough got the response he craved from his team at Walsh Park on Saturday. 

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Kilkenny SHC: Champions Clara overcome Ballyhale Shamrocks

Clara made a winning start to the defence of their Kilkenny senior hurling league and championship crowns when they overcame the tough test of Ballyhale Shamrocks.

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Tipperary SHC: Sizzling Thurles Sarsfields build on flying start to cruise to victory

Champions Thurles Sarsfields were never in any difficulty as they surged to a 2-26 to 1-8 win over Roscrea in the Tipperary SHC at Templemore.

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Galway SHC: Sarsfields make winning start to title defence

Champions Sarsfields made a winning start to the defence of their Galway SHC title when they beat 2013 All-Ireland winners St Thomas’, 1-18 to 1-15 at Kenny Park in Athenry.

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Christy Ring Cup: Ciarán Clarke hits 2-10 as Antrim lay down early marker

Antrim produced a powerful first-half performance when defeating Kildare 3-20 to 0-17 in their Christy Ring Cup opening fixture at Parnell Park on Saturday.

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13 questions for Wexford hurler Diarmuid O’Keeffe

He’s a fan of Conor McGregor and Joe Brolly...

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Leinster Minor Hurling: Wexford find extra gear to shake off Dubs

Wexford required extra-time to overcome Dublin (0-21 to 1-14) in their Electric Ireland Leinster MHC second round clash at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday.

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Today’s hurling previews

A number of teams getting into championship gear this weekend...

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Selector David O’Brien backing Clare victory after flurry across the Mersey

Even as Philippe Coutinho injected hope into Liverpool’s chances of reeling in Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Anfield last week, Clare senior football selector David O’Brien was momentarily distracted.

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Dónal Óg Cusack: Amateur ethos gives ‘balance’

He mightn’t always have thought it – and it might surprise some to hear a former GPA chairman say it – but Dónal Óg Cusack is thankful for the fact that GAA players remain amateurs.

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DJ Carey: Kilkenny shouldn’t apologise for football’s low standing

Kilkenny hurling legend DJ Carey has expressed huge disappointment with last weekend’s 71-point defeat to Wexford in the Leinster minor football championship – but insisted that county board chairman Ned Quinn should not have apologised for the mauling.

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Derek McGrath ‘totally against’ any change to hurling rules

Derek McGrath hopes there are no rash calls to change the rules of hurling in reaction to how the number of goals have dropped. With more teams committing players to defence, attacking sides are finding it increasingly difficult to find the net as much as the 10 goals in last Sunday’s Division 1 semi-finals bucked the recent trend.

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Clare's Patrick Kelly welcomes HawkEye to Thurles

Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly has given a wholehearted backing to HawkEye’s introduction to Thurles.

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