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Cian O’Callaghan says Mattie Kenny not divulging any Galway secrets

Mattie Kenny may have missed out on the Galway job at the end of last year but the Cuala manager hasn’t been passing on any secrets to Cian O’Callaghan or any of the club’s other Dublin players.

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Kelly set to miss Kerry duty as club comes first

Kerry must do without Clare native Patrick Kelly for Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup semi-final as the game clashes with his club Clarecastle’s championship game against Clonlara.

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Galway’s biggest troubles are all in the mind, reckons veteran skipper David Collins

Galway captain David Collins isn’t afraid to say it — his team have suffered a collective mental hang-up in recent years.

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Waterford star Pauric Mahony facing tough road back, says brother Philip

Philip Mahony admits his brother Pauric faces a more arduous road to recovery than he did last year when he suffered a double leg fracture and a broken ankle.

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Dublin don’t have any hidden gems, says Liam Rushe

Liam Rushe has revealed he took Dónal Óg Cusack to task about his claim last year that Dublin have failed to find new players.

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Clare must address key areas as qualifiers loom

When Davy Fitzgerald and his backroom team sit down this week to analyse where things went wrong for Clare on Sunday in Thurles, they should identify three key areas which need major improvement: Use of possession, discipline, and the need to be more competitive in the vital midfield battleground.

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Davy Fitzgerald: ‘Do you think we’re a dirty team?

Davy Fitzgerald was oh so careful with his words.

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Limerick prove spring form counts for little in May

The criticism in the wake of Limerick’s most disappointing league campaign wasn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Nerveless Cian Lynch Limerick’s X Factor

When the guns fell silent yesterday in Thurles, TJ Ryan hit the fourth estate with the perfect exit line: “I’d say ye’ll be writing deep into the night, lads.”

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Red card decisions by Colm Lyons were correct

The two live TV games yesterday were boosted by impressive performances by both referees who applied the rules consistently.

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Kildare reel in Meath to set up clash with Kerry

Kildare found themselves away from home and eight points down for the second Saturday in a row at Trim two days ago, but yet again the Christy Ring Cup champions dug themselves out of a hole to record a 3-23 to 2-18 win over Meath and set up a semi-final meeting with Kerry at Newbridge on Saturday.

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13-man Carlow retain Liam MacCarthy status

Carlow 2-18 Antrim 1-11: Carlow’s 10-point victory over visitors Antrim at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday in this final round robin Leinster SHC tie saw the Barrowsiders retain their Liam MacCarthy Cup status while condemning the Saffrons to the Christy Ring Cup for 2016.

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Cheddar Plunkett joy as Cha Dwyer goal turns tide for Laois

Laois 1-20 Westmeath 1-17: A second half goal from Cha Dwyer sparked a stirring Laois comeback as they ran out three-point winners over Westmeath in O’Moore Park.

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Willie Griffin plays captain’s part as Limerick march on

Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15: Willie Griffin played a captain’s part in Thurles as Limerick’s intermediate hurlers got a memorable day off to a winning start.

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Gavin O’Mahony: Seanie Tobin sending off very harsh

Limerick centre-back Gavin O’Mahony blasted the sending off of team-mate Seanie Tobin, claiming that players expect contact when a substitute is introduced.

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Drab Limerick and Clare encounter finally bursts into life

Clare 2-15 Limerick 1-19: The margins were fine in Thurles even if the hurling wasn’t.

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Clare management confront Munster Council officials over injury-time mix-up

There was a stormy confrontation outside the referees’ room in Semple Stadium yesterday with Clare management confronting Munster Council officials seeking an explanation for the amount of injury time played at the end of yesterday’s Clare-Limerick Munster Championship game.

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Charleville get into gear in second-half

Charleville 3-14 Argideen Rangers 2-10: After a relatively poor first half performance, hot favourites Charleville finally pulled away to secure a comfortable Cork IHC victory over gutsy Argideen Rangers at Coachford last night.

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Watergrasshill climb back to shock Cloyne

Watergrasshill 1-16 Cloyne 2-11: “We won with pure heart and determination,” was the verdict of Watergrasshill manager John O’Regan after his side battled back from eight points down to snatch victory at the death over a fancied Cloyne in the Cork Premier IHC on Saturday.

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Darren McCarthy inspires Ballymartle to victory over Glen Rovers

Ballymartle 2-19 Glen Rovers 0-23: Ballymartle’s Darren McCarthy sent a “pick me” message to Cork senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy on Saturday night as he inspired the Riverstick club during a stunning second-half revival against the famed Glen Rovers in round one of the Cork SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Ballina stay in contention with Kilruane MacDonaghs scalp

Ballina produced the shock of a busy weekend of Tipp hurling action with a 2-17 to 2-14 win over a very fancied Kilruane MacDonaghs in the North senior hurling championship at Puckane.

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Douglas get there with late rush

Douglas 1-14 St Finbarr’s 0-9: The meeting of these city rivals at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday failed to live up to its pre-match billing as a tantalising first round Cork SHC derby. A contest that lacked any real intensity saw Douglas up the ante in the final quarter with a rush of scores to run out deserving winners.

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Erin’s Own never look back after early goals

Erin’s Own 2-22 Carrigtwohill 0-16: Erin’s Own looked comfortable winners throughout this Cork SHC first-round tie in Lisgoold on Saturday night.

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Blarney’s goals too much for Kilworth

Blarney 2-13 Kilworth 0-15: Two heavyweights every year in the Cork Premier IHC went head to head in the second of the double headers in the Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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Liam Coleman stars as Fermoy stroll to victory

Fermoy 2-15 Valley Rovers 1-9: Fermoy began life in the higher grade with a fully merited nine point win over Valley Rovers in the Cork Premier IHC at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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Paudie O’Brien says Davy Fitzgerald raised bar for all at Limerick IT

Anthony Daly wrote in these pages yesterday about how the emblems on their chests can be all that separates Clare and Limerick, but there are an increasing number of occasions when even their jerseys are spun from the same wool.

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VIDEO: Championship Preview: A look forward to this year’s Hurling Championship

LET’S START WITH DEREK McGRATH’S WATERFORD....

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9 things that make the Munster hurling championship the greatest

TOM SEMPLE’S FIELD

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Louis Mulqueen: ‘This is hell for leather, blood and guts, full-blooded Munster championship’

Tomorrow, Clare and Limerick cross swords, a term used advisedly. Louis Mulqueen will be in the Banner management team, and he’s also realistic about what to expect so early in the summer.

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Shannonside rivals must embrace the fear

Clare/Limerick manager Davy Fitzgerald/ TJ Ryan was under increasing pressure last night in the wake of last Sunday’s Munster championship exit. 

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Treaty boss Ryan names three newcomers for clash with Clare

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has given three debuts for Sunday’s Munster SHC quarter-final clash with Clare in Semple Stadium (throw-in 4pm).

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Limerick boss still has sleepless nights before major games

Limerick’s TJ Ryan believes he is now better prepared for the rigours of managing his native county through an All-Ireland championship campaign than was the case a year ago.

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Waterford's Ned Power makes a spectacular leap to grab the sliotar from the clutches of Cork maestro Christy Ring during the 1962 Munster SHC semi-final in Thurles.

Championship Preview: Go on someone. Make our day

Twenty years ago, Loughnane’s Clare emerged from nowhere to set the summer alight. Are we there again, waiting for a bolter to win the All Ireland, a team to come from the clouds and cut a swathe through a mediocre field?

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Clare taking on Dublin earlier this year

Seoirse Bulfin says Clare don’t dwell on negatives

Seoirse Bulfin spent a dozen years on the sideline with Davy Fitzgerald in Limerick Institute of Technology, so when Fitzgerald took Waterford over, he brought Bulfin along. Now Bulfin coaches Clare, another Fitzgerald-managed side.

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Limerick set for seasonal adjustment

Try this one on for size: Limerick — hurling’s best championship team? Bear with us. Name a team, any other team, who has undermined their league form come business time as much as the county this decade.

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Silence is golden: Dubs captain appreciates Ger Cunningham’s player-driven approach

Joint captain Peter Kelly has admitted the silence in Dublin’s dressing-room after Anthony Daly left has taken a long time to get used to.

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Nickie Quaid: Limerick have ‘moved on’ from Clare loss

Limerick’s hurlers will not be seeking to atone for their flat performance and accompanying defeat to Clare in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final when they face the Banner again in a Munster opener on Sunday.

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Clare ready to put on a performance, predicts Colin Ryan

If he’s sick of hearing about 2014, he hides it well. Colin Ryan collected an All-Ireland senior hurling medal with Clare in 2013 but last season the Banner couldn’t raise a gallop. 

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Sledging not a problem in hurling, say stars

The practice of sledging is all but non-existent in top level hurling, according to Henry Shefflin and Pat Horgan.

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Patrick Horgan confident Cork ready to bounce back from League final loss

It won’t be until early next week that the Cork hurlers meet as a full unit for the first time since their seven-point Division 1 final defeat to Waterford.

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Angry Wexford boss Liam Dunne bites back at Michael Duignan and Ger Loughnane

Wexford boss Liam Dunne has taken aim at pundits Michael Duignan and Ger Loughnane for remarks they made about his team two years ago.

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Henry Shefflin: Advantage rule will prove worthwhile

As Henry Shefflin prepares for his The Sunday Game Live debut in Thurles this Sunday, he admits hurling’s new advantage rule has been “a little confusing” but is supportive of it.

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Shane O’Donnell happy with space to roam against Limerick

Alone, Shane O’Donnell may well stand as Clare’s sole full-forward line representative in Thurles on Sunday but as he showed in the relegation play-off in Kilkenny last month when he gave no less a defender than Paul Murphy a long afternoon it suits him to a tee.

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Limerick’s Cian Lynch upholding proud family tradition

With not a scintilla of embarrassment or prompting, Cian Lynch regales you with the story of what happened to him the time his uncle Ciaran Carey fired over one of hurling’s most iconic scores. 

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Lorcan McLoughlin set for Cork return in late summer

Lorcán McLoughlin’s collarbone injury is not expected to rule him out for the rest of the year as had been feared.

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Cork IT to host Fitzgibbon Cup

UUJ and Cork IT will host the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup respectively in 2016.

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Ger Cunningham urges Niall McMorrow to focus after injury

Short-term pain, long-term gain is Ger Cunningham’s attitude to Niall McMorrow’s thumb injury after it was confirmed the 25-year-old will miss Sunday week’s Leinster semi-final against Galway.

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Paul Curran joins Tipperary backroom team for championship campaign

Recently-retired Tipperary defender Paul Curran has accepted a position on manager Eamon O’Shea’s backroom team for the championship summer.

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Shoulder injury in club game may rule Lorcan McLoughlin out for rest of season

Cork half-back Lorcán McLoughlin may miss the rest of the season following an injury sustained in a club game on Sunday night.

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Ger Cunningham hails Darragh O’Connell impact

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham has confirmed that former Kerry star Darragh O’Connell is in contention for a Leinster SHC debut against Galway on Sunday week, May 31.

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Pa O’Callaghan Ballyhea’s talisman

Ballyhea 1-19 Blackrock 0-11: A great day for Ballyhea yesterday in Fermoy, as the men in black and white enjoyed a comprehensive win over Blackrock in this first round Cork county senior hurling championship game.

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Conor Lehane again the key as Midleton motor on

Midleton 0-20 Killeagh 2-8: The outcome was the one most predicted, but not with the ease expected from Midleton in this Cork senior hurling championship first-round game in Castlemartyr yesterday.

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Ian McDonnell leads Na Piarsaigh blitz with goal hat-trick

Na Piarsaigh 5-13 Youghal 0-12: Ian McDonnell scored a hat-trick of goals as Na Piarsaigh ensured that their passage to round four of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship was relatively straightforward at Cloyne on Saturday evening.

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Seamus Callanan’s late free salvages draw for Drom Inch

Match of the day in a busy weekend of divisional senior hurling championship games was the Mid Tipp clash of county champions, Thurles Sarsfields and divisional title-holders, Drom-Inch at Holycross yesterday.

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Paul Murray strikes winner as Cappoquin pip Lismore

A last-gasp Paul Murray point pinched victory for Cappoquin over local rivals Lismore at Ballyduff last night (2-16 to 2-15). It represented an amazing turnaround for Ger Manley’s men after their 23-point defeat to Mount Sion last weekend.

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Newtownshandrum down Sarsfields, roll back years in 56-point epic

Newtownshandrum 0-29 Sarsfields 0-27 (AET): Newtownshandrum rolled back the years in Fitzgerald Park, Fermoy yesterday, sending favourites and current champions Sarsfields down the route of the losers’ rounds of the Cork SHC after this epic extra-time first round victory.

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Pride of the Bride prevails over Bishopstown

Bride Rovers 3-18 Bishopstown 0-25 (after extra- time)
Supporters streaming onto the field, management personnel embracing; easily told how much this first round win meant to the hurling folk of Rathcormac and Bartlemy.

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