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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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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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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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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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Step in the right direction

Allianz HL Division 1B
Wexford v Waterford
Tomorrow: Wexford Park, 2pm
TV: TG4 Deferred

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Knock-out stage was always our target, says Shane O’Neill

Cork v Tipperary
Tomorrow: Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm

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Fitzgerald's panel have stood behind their manager after two players left the squad.

Clare need to get back on track

Cork and Tipperary recover nicely from wretched starts, the All-Ireland champions in widely foreseen relegation trouble and Clare making the news for the wrong reasons. 

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Cork opt to rotate against Tipperary

Cork have made four changes to their side for Sunday’s final Allianz HL Division 1A game against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Kilkenny hurlers on the worst losing run since 1987

Not since well BC (Before Cody) had Kilkenny lost three regular league matches in a row in a single season.

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Odhran Kidney-Power hero for Cobh

Coláiste Mhuire, Cobh 3-13 De La Salle, Macroom 1-11:

Coláiste Mhuire, Cobh won their first Cork Post Primary Schools U16 ‘C’ hurling championship title at Ballincollig yesterday with hat-trick hero Odhran Kidney-Power helping them to victory over De La Salle College, Macroom.

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Thurles CBC in control despite lively opening by St Peter’s

Thurles CBS 0-18 St Peter’s College 1-12:

A poor start wasn’t much of an impediment to Thurles CBS’s progress to the Croke Cup (All-Ireland PPS SAHC) final as they powered past St Peter’s at the WIT complex in Carriganore yesterday.

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Noel Lane wants positional clarity from Anthony Cunningham

Former Galway manager Noel Lane has called on current incumbent and former team-mate Anthony Cunningham to settle on positions for his players.

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David Griffin’s late point earns Rochestown a replay

A point in the final minute by centre-back David Griffin salvaged a draw for St Francis College in the Simcox Cup (Cork Schools SFC final) under lights in Carrigaline last night.

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What Henry Shefflin did next

John Fogarty considers the tangible reasons both for and against Shefflin remaining on for a 17th season with the Cats.

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Clare camp presents united front in player discipline row

An indignant Clare hurling camp last night insisted the issue concerning the disciplinary breach that prompted the departures of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell from the panel was dealt with fairly.

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Determined Thurles CBS won’t let up, insists Niall Cahill

Unfamiliar terrain, yes. But talk of bonus territory has long since been banned in the Thurles CBS camp.

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Andy Moloney: Matching 80s team provided extra motivation

As far as motivations go, few are stronger than emulating those who have come before you in your club.

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Kilmallock couldn’t cope with the heat

So much for pre-match expectations. Kilmallock had shown great resolve and commitment to win Munster.

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