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Davy Fitzgerald: Ger Loughnane calling Galway ‘gutless’ hurt us

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald admitted that Ger Loughnane’s scathing post-Leinster final criticism of Galway did his team no favours yesterday.

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Five things we learned from the weekend’s GAA action

Clare lack killer instinct and learn an essential lesson: Goals count...

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Galway dominate cautious Clare as true test awaits

Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17: Their guts were for garters had they lost but upon inspection Galway located the moral fibre it was claimed they lacked.

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Micheál Donoghue resists the urge to gloat

Micheál Donoghue was careful to steer clear of claiming Galway yesterday answered their Leinster final critics.

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Waterford get back in the groove with Wexford dismissal

Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11: It was, perhaps, too much to expect of Waterford that in one 70-minute swoop they’d both put to bed their 21-point Munster final annihilation and provide sufficient evidence that they’ll trouble Kilkenny far more than was the case last August.

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We’re in last four on merit, insists satisfied Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath cut a satisfied figure. The Munster final hammering flushed out of their system and a second successive All-Ireland semi-final appearance locked down. Was he to have looked for anything else, you’d nearly be accusing him of being greedy.

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Some questions answered, but many remain for Galway and Waterford

Questions, questions, questions. Yesterday 31,690 representatives from four counties arrived in Semple Stadium looking for answers.

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Hopes high for Davy Fitzgerald to be in Clare dressing room

Hopes are high Davy Fitzgerald will be fit enough to take some if not all managerial duties for Clare in tomorrow’s All-Ireland quarter-final in Semple Stadium.

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Waterford will need aerial defences ready for blitz

Waterford will need to nullify the presence of Lee Chin in the middle to stand a chance of victory tomorrow, writes Donal O’Grady.

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Team news: Waterford stick with Munster final side

Waterford have named the same team as that which lost the Munster final for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium (2pm).

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Time for quarter-finalists to heed Corinthians and show championship ambition

When St Paul wasn’t writing letters or travelling to Damascus or being struck temporarily blind or undergoing conversions or generally being a misogynistic old sod, he occasionally dispensed a nugget of good advice.

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Gerald Fleming’s forecast for Wexford this weekend is…

The joys of weekend work. You know Gerald Fleming as the affable weatherman telling you to expect sunny spells and scattered showers, but those TV bulletins mean missing out on the sporting passion of the man from Wexford town.

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Brendan Bugler hopes to lift the clouds

Getting here is no small thing, Brendan Bugler maintains. After the two previous seasons when Clare failed to make the last six, reaching an All-Ireland quarter-final this time around is an achievement in itself.

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Dan Shanahan: ‘We want to get back on track after the Munster final’

You could find the date and root out the result, laughs Dan Shanahan. The occasion was a national hurling league game between Waterford and Wexford years ago, when Shanahan spent a tricky afternoon in Liam Dunne’s company. The lessons stayed with him longer than the scoreline.

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Derek McGrath reveals Eamonn Fitzmaurice support

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has revealed that a phone call from Kerry football boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice lifted his spirits following the crushing Munster final defeat to Tipperary a fortnight ago.

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Tom Dempsey: ‘You don’t know how close you are to success before you give up’

Twenty years ago, Wexford lit up the hurling summer and Tom Dempsey remembers every step of a magical journey, writes Enda McEvoy

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Rebels ponderred James Loughrey card appeal

The Cork football management have still not made a decision on whether to appeal James Loughrey’s sending off during last Saturday’s win over Longford.

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Munster GAA coaching efforts yielding rewards

Munster GAA are now gaining over 15 times what they invest in coaching, an independent survey has revealed.

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Wexford manager Liam Dunne not enjoying playing catch-up

Enjoyment? “This isn’t enjoyment,” says Liam Dunne. Making the last six for the second time in three years may sound like something to derive pleasure from, but managing Wexford feels to him like more of a duty.

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Ger Loughnane jibe a sore point for Galway

All Star Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan has questioned how an apparently gutless team could reach two of the last four All-Ireland hurling finals.

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Mattie Murphy: Ger Loughnane didn’t do much with Galway gig

Former Galway manager Mattie Murphy has taken Ger Loughnane to task for calling the county’s hurlers “gutless” after the Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny.

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Davy Fitzgerald aims to return on Sunday after minor heart surgery

Davy Fitzgerald is aiming to be on the sideline for Clare’s All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday having had minor heart surgery yesterday.

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Seán Power on Waterford and Wexford's rivalry

Seán Power emulated his more famous brother Seamus when he won an All-Ireland hurling medal in 1960. Though Seán’s came with Wexford rather than his native Waterford. The switch of loyalties gave him a unique perspective on one of hurling’s rivalries...

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Matthew O’Hanlon: Strong bonds have helped Wexford through tough times

Matthew O’Hanlon has hailed the bond in the Wexford panel that has seen through some rough sailing these past couple of seasons.

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Ger Loughnane’s remarks ‘far too personal’, says Noel Lane

Former Galway hurler and manager Noel Lane says Ger Loughnane’s recent criticism of the county’s senior hurlers, and manager Micheál Donoghue, was far too personal.

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Micheál Donoghue: Galway keeping focus firmly on Thurles task

Galway boss Micheál Donoghue is hopeful of picking from a full squad when he sits down on Friday to select the side to face Clare in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final.

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Wexford's James Breen played through meningitis

It has emerged that Wexford’s James Breen played in the All-Ireland hurling qualifier win over Cork while suffering from viral meningitis.

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Galway ace David Burke seeks redemption against Clare

You don’t sleep much after a big defeat in the Championship and, alone with his thoughts, Galway captain David Burke has dissected the Leinster SHC final in all its minutiae.

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Tipperary SHC: McGraths on goal trail as Loughmore advance

Drom-Inch and Loughmore-Castleiney progressed to the Mid Tipp SHC final with comfortable wins over Holycross-Ballycahill and Moycarkey-Borris at Boherlahan.

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Sarah O’Donovan: Routinely tackling the impossible

Mark Pollock, Jamie Wall and Louise O’Hara are just some of the role models that have inspired Sarah O’Donovan as the 31-year-old pursues a return to the top tier of camogie with a different county and a team made up largely of players 10 years her junior.

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Six men who will shape the final two months of the hurling championship

Six teams left in the hurling championship and five games to go, barring replays. It may be shaping up as another Kilkenny/ Tipperary shootout in September – but then that’s what we assumed this time last year. Here Enda McEvoy takes a look at six men who’ll help shape the contours of the next two months.

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