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Davy Fitzgerald calls for end to ‘negativity’ after ‘trying month’

Davy Fitzgerald wants an end to "negativity" in Clare hurling following what he’s admitted has been a "trying month."

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T.J Ryan: His side was well beaten by Dublin.

Oliver Mann slams abuse of Limerick hurling players

GAA chairman Oliver Mann has described the online abuse of Limerick’s hurlers in the wake of Saturday’s hammering to Dublin as unwarranted.

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Michael Fennelly: Henry Shefflin return too risky

Michael Fennelly easily accepted Henry Shefflin’s decision to retire from inter-county hurling as a return to the fold for a 17th season would have been "high risk".

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We won’t be ‘lying down’, Tipperary insist as they prepare Seamus Callanan appeal

Tipperary confirmed last night that they will appeal Seamus Callanan’s red card from Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League quarter-final victory against Offaly.

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Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald: We answered a lot of questions today

A defiant Davy Fitzgerald claimed Clare were too good to be relegated and were the better team in Nowlan Park yesterday.

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Rebels have flaws to sort before key games

 

Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-final
Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14
Probably just as well Cork have three weeks to prepare for their league semi-final for this victory posed far more questions than it provided answers.

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O’Shea hits out at schedule and treatment of Callanan

Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-final
Offaly 0-13 Tipperary 1-16
Eamon O’Shea’s post-match interview in Tullamore lasted just 160 seconds but in that brief period the Tipperary manager made two strong attacks.

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Plunkett knew there would be ‘days like this’

Allianz HL Division 1B relegation play-off
Laois 2-18 Antrim 1-13
Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett drew on the catalogue of Belfast crooner, Van Morrison as his Laois men sucker-punched Antrim in Portlaoise on Saturday night.

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy

JBM’s positive health check on ‘ridiculous’ Cork

Jimmy Barry-Murphy expects Pa Cronin, Mark Ellis and Alan Cadogan to be fit for selection ahead of Cork’s league semi-final against Dublin on April 19.

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Henry Shefflin

Brian Cody: Shefflin the best I’ve ever seen

With the matter of a relegation play-off negotiated successfully, Brian Cody last night hailed Henry Shefflin as the best hurler he has ever seen.

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Clare undone as Buckley’s blast keeps Cats up

Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-final relegation play-off
Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17
Given their dominance these last 10 or so years, it’s not often the phrase “Cats by a whisker” could be attributed to a game, certainly not one of this import.

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Limerick's Cian Lynch loses possession of both ball and hurley as Dublin's Conal Keaney closes in during Saturday's clash at Croke Park. Picture: Brendan Moran

Dublin sizzle as Treaty implode

Allianz HL Division 1 quarter-finals
Dublin 1-25 Limerick 0-16
Dublin’s hurlers allayed any fears that they can’t perform in Croke Park with this emphatic quarter-final victory. 

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David Cashman: Top scorer with 1-7 in Blackrock's win.

Cashman helps Rockies roll Barr’s

Blackrock’s David Cashman lit up their RedFM SHL clash with St Finbarr’s on Saturday as the Rockies engineered a 16-point victory in Togher. 

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Bench strength may give Cats extra push to win the day

Jimmy Barry-Murphy can expect his Cork side to face a tough task against Wexford.

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Mark Griffin and Colm O'Neill

Mayo have a lot of promise but Cork should have enough

It is only when you look at the list of players unavailable for Mayo in Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow you realise they should be alright in the long-term.

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Cody says critics drove Cats

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 relegation play-off
Kilkenny v Clare 
Tomorrow: Nowlan Park, 2pm
Referee: C McAllister, Cork
TV: TG4
Bet: Kilkenny 1/3, Clare 11/4, Draw 11/1 

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Eoin Kelly plays up Tipperary’s hurling prospects

FORMER star Eoin Kelly believes that Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea now possesses the strongest squad in the country.

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Hawkeye introduction on the agenda at Croke Park Congress

The Camogie Association is to consider the introduction of Hawkeye, the advantage rule and other radical changes to its playing rules at annual Congress in Croke Park today.

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Ned Quinn’s tribute to ‘legend’ Fr Tommy Maher

Fr Tommy Maher, who died on Tuesday evening, has been described as a "legendary figure in Kilkenny and in hurling generally" by Kilkenny County Board chairman Ned Quinn.

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Budding star Henry Shefflin was too green in ’98

Kevin Fennelly said it was a regret of his he didn’t produce Henry Shefflin when he was Kilkenny manager in 1998.

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Shefflin leaves centre stage with head held high as tributes flood in

"You made the best of yourself" was Brian Cody’s glowing tribute to Henry Shefflin when the player informed his manager of his decision to retire on Monday.

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Henry Shefflin the Great, hurling’s complete package

IT would have been the perfect farewell and it very nearly came to pass last Tuesday week, but Colin Fennelly slightly overcooked his pull-back from the right – he hit it a little too well – and Henry Shefflin, in space right in front of the Kilmallock goal, couldn’t quite get his hand to the sliotar.

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Iron determination and application key to Henry Shefflin’s ascent to greatness

So the end came over tea and scones. That seems a rather genteel way to conclude the greatest career in Gaelic games rather than, say, a last, frenzied attack to overturn a two-point deficit, a desperate free launched into a hostile square.

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Top class Nenagh hold all the aces in Harty Cup

Nenagh CBS 1-13 Ard Scoil Rís 0-5: Nenagh CBS served notice of their aspirations for Harty Cup success in the near future as they captured the Munster Post Primary Schools U15 ‘A’ Hurling title with an impressive victory over Ard Scoil Rís in Newport yesterday.

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Shefflin: Cody told me to contest Cork red card

Henry Shefflin has revealed it was Brian Cody who encouraged him to successfully contest his red card against Cork in 2013. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Henry Shefflin announces inter-county retirement

As was widely anticipated, Henry Shefflin this afternoon confirmed his inter-county retirement after 16 illustrious years. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Henry Shefflin: Honouring a true hurling great

Should Henry Shefflin per chance not bid farewell to his inter-county career today, the following can be dismissed as the musings of a man who presumed too much. 

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Cathal Barrett

Cathal Barrett feared cost of missing Cork game

An ill Cathal Barrett has revealed he was so concerned about losing his starting place in the Tipperary defence last Sunday that he only cried off on the morning of the game.

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Paraic Sullivan latest to be cut down by cruciate curse

Offaly captain Paraic Sullivan has become the fourth inter-county player this month to fall foul of a season-ending cruciate injury.

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Joan O’Flynn: Pitches a camogie headache

Camogie chiefs were forced to contact 31 different clubs and counties in attempting to secure a venue for last year’s All-Ireland Club Intermediate semi-final, Ard Stiúrthóir Joan O’Flynn revealed.

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Pauric Mahony: Waterford’s quick promotion so important for team development

Pauric Mahony believes Waterford’s quick rebound back to Division 1A is an important step in the development of Derek McGrath’s young side.

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Tuesday Tactics: Hurling the better for possession not being nine-tenths of law

Some of us are old enough to remember the seventies and eighties and long for the way the game of football was played back then.

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Mark Ellis

Cork face injury crisis for knockout stages

Cork face an injury crisis after yesterday’s loss to Tipperary, Mark Ellis, Alan Cadogan and Daniel Kearney all suffering hamstring injuries.

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Linesman David Hughes keeps a close eye as Kilkenny's William Phelan clears the ball under pressure from Clare's Seadna Morey, David Reidy and Colm Galvin. Picture: Ray McManus

Tony Kelly serves notice he’s a top Cat in Kilkenny

Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 2-19
For a game that was supposed to mean more to Clare, it was Kilkenny’s supporting cast, cheered on by a strong Nowlan Park crowd, who demonstrated this was much more than a dead rubber.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dublin's Liam Rushe has a close encounter with Galway's Greg Lally. Picture: Morgan Treacy

Dublin’s need was greatest against Galway

Dublin 0-26 Galway 2-14
Anthony Cunningham probably summed this one up best when he suggested Dublin’s need was simply greater than his Galway side’s.

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Waterford back at top table after victory against Wexford

Waterford 0-22 Wexford 0-16
One step forward for Waterford, two steps back for Wexford.

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Limerick hurlers forced to battle hard against Laois

Limerick 1-25 Laois 1-19
Limerick bounced back from the disappointment of defeat by Offaly, and a fifth successive unsuccessful promotion push, with this workmanlike victory over Laois.

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Tipperary refuse to surrender

Cork 4-21 Tipperary 2-28
If this is what a dead rubber is like, then a few more of them wouldn’t go astray.

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Laois moving along nicely after win against Galway

Galway 0-10 Laois 2-10
We will never know what the outcome might have been had it gone ahead as planned at the start of the month. But a lot has happened to these two counties since the original fixture fell victim to heavy snow.

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Antrim give their all, but Offaly never in any danger

Antrim 0-19 Offaly 2-17
Just four points separated Offaly and Antrim at Ballycastle yesterday but, in truth, the visitors were never really in danger against a Saffron side that at least restored some pride after last week’s mauling by Waterford.

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Midleton recover from first loss to dominate Douglas

Having incurred their first loss against Newtownshandrum on St Patrick’s Day, the 2013 county champions responded emphatically, ending up 2-18 to 0-13 winners.

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Conor Hiney’s double blast fires Mountrath Community School to Post Primary SBHC final

Mountrath Community School 3-22 Calasanctius College, Oranmore 1-9
Two Conor Hiney goals fired Mountrath Community School to an All-Ireland Post Primary SBHC semi-final win at Ballinasloe on Saturday.

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St Kieran’s College land late winners in Croke Cup semi-final

St Kieran’s College (Kilkenny) 0-19 Presentation Athenry (Galway )0-17
Champions St Kieran’s College needed late points from Sean Morrissey and Joe Connolly to edge past Presentation, Athenry in Saturday’s pulsating Croke Cup semi-final in Banagher.

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