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Tipp kitman Hotpoint: ‘I wouldn’t go back now if they came on bended knee’

Tipperary hurling kitman John ‘Hotpoint’ Hayes admits he’ll find it difficult to watch the county’s hurlers again having been relieved of his duties after almost 30 years of service.

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Johnny Coen: Galway bonded on Super 11s trip

Galway’s hurlers will head to Boston next month in a much happier place than for their previous trip there. That Super 11s break came shortly after Anthony Cunningham had stepped down in the wake of a player revolt.

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‘East Cork best barony in country for hurling’

But for St Catherine’s bottom field, Ballynoe sits in darkness.

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Blackrock's young guns aim to take final step

At 23, Blackrock’s Stephen Murphy is young as captains go, but he can already call upon a wealth of winning experience in green and gold, a record he hopes to extend in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

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Michael Cahill would welcome Cathal Barrett as rival for Tipp place

The return of Cathal Barrett to the Tipperary set-up would mean more competition for Michael Cahill in the full-back line but the Thurles Sarsfields man is all for him coming back into the helm.

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Pat Gilroy: I won’t be talking to anyone behind Jim’s back

Realism as much as success is a calling card of Pat Gilroy’s. When Dublin’s Blue Wave strategic plan in 2012 announced the target of an All-Ireland senior football title every three years he claimed it was “not practical”. Five years on and Dublin have added four more crowns. He’ll happily wear that egg on his face.

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Brian Turnbull: ‘The knee was driven inwards, I heard the pop’

Cork’s rising star Brian Turnbull will undergo cruciate knee ligament surgery on October 31 – and the Douglas player admits that he’s “filled with uncertainty” as he faces a prolonged period on the sidelines.

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Kanturk proud to lead way for Duhallow hurling

In a division where football is the religion of choice, Kanturk’s victory in the Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling final last Saturday evening was a watershed result.

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Paudie O’Sullivan’s last-gasp strike rescues replay for Imokilly

Imokilly 1-24 Sarsfields 2-21 (Cork SHC semi-final): Given the way the game went as a whole, Imokilly might have been disappointed to only have garnered a draw at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday, but the East Cork divisional side were most glad of Paudie O’Sullivan’s equaliser in the 64th minute.

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Blackrock reveal cutting edge to bridge 14-year final gap

Blackrock 0-21 Na Piarsaigh 2-14: While the spotlight was focused elsewhere, Blackrock went about their business in a most diligent and thorough fashion. Having moved within an hour of the county final without too much fuss or attention, yesterday was the afternoon where they forced all-and-sundry to sit up and take notice.

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Duhallow dreamers break down one of Cork hurling’s last borders

Often, in the aftermath of seismic victories, players and managers can be accused of finding meaning in the realm of the cliché. They can sing the song of having been written off by everyone, play the tune of not being given a chance by anyone, or even ask Joe Brolly what he thinks about it all.

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Padraic Maher leads powerful Thurles Sarsfields to four in a row

Borris-Ileigh 0-11 Thurles Sarsfields 1-24: It’s no accident that Thurles Sarsfields collected a fourth Tipperary SHC title in a row yesterday in Semple Stadium.

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TJ Reid shines as Ballyhale Shamrocks shade tense clash with Clara

Kilkenny senior hurling champions O’Loughlin Gaels will face a tough test from city rivals Dicksboro as they bid to win back-to-back Walsh Cups for the first time in their history.

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Kanturk the kingpins after show of fitness and courage

Kanturk 0-17 Mallow 1-12: Pride of place will go to the Seamus Long Cup at the Kanturk club dinner this year. 

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Stevie Barry to the rescue as Lismore cling on in thriller

Lismore 3-17 Abbeyside 4-13 (Waterford SHC quarter-final): Stevie Barry delivered an injury-time winner as Lismore snatched victory over Abbeyside in a thrilling Saturday night shootout.

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Relentless Ballygunner tear Mount Sion apart

Ballygunner 0-29 Mount Sion 0-9 (Waterford SHC quarter-final): A 20-point blowout against the old enemy confirmed Ballygunner’s standing as the team to beat in this year’s Waterford senior hurling championship in Fraher Field on Saturday night.

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