It’s magical when young players play with freedom of expression

It’s magical when young players play with freedom of expression

Before this game last night, the Tipperary seniors did their last hard training session for the Wexford match before arriving into Semple Stadium in their training ...

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Too many from Cork didn’t want to know when the old beast roared

Too many from Cork didn’t want to know when the old beast roared

Just before half-time, I glanced down from the RTÉ box and observed Brian Cody spitting into his hands and rubbing them together.

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If Cork let it become a battle, Cats will come daubed in war paint

If Cork let it become a battle, Cats will come daubed in war paint

Dónal Óg Cusack had already begun changing the game with short puckouts in 2003 and 2004 but Damien Fitzhenry’s puckout masterclass against Kilkenny ...

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The Joe McDonagh Cup will never get the respect these guys deserve

The Joe McDonagh Cup will never get the respect these guys deserve

In early June, I hopped into my car in Tullycrine in west Clare, made the short journey south west to Killimer before boarding the 1pm Shannon Ferry to Tarbert. ...

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Wexford’s bravery rewarded but Cats’ panic was so unlike Brian Cody

Wexford’s bravery rewarded but Cats’ panic was so unlike Brian Cody

About half an hour after the final whistle in Croke Park yesterday, as the Wexford players were still celebrating on the pitch, I ran into a bunch of Wexford supporters ...

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The win wasn’t a must for Limerick last time out. Now it is.

The win wasn’t a must for Limerick last time out. Now it is.

It’s 21 years ago now, but Clare’s league semi-final performance against Cork in 1998 has long been cast into hurling folklore, as much for what we didn’t ...

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Pizzas, high jinks, head to heads and destinies decided elsewhere in great weekend of hurling

Pizzas, high jinks, head to heads and destinies decided elsewhere in great weekend of hurling

When I arrived in Pearse Stadium for work with RTÉ yesterday, I’d only had a cup of coffee in my system. I had to be on-site by 10.30am but I was hungry ...

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I’d ask each Clare player: Will you let a Cork man outwork you?

I’d ask each Clare player: Will you let a Cork man outwork you?

There’s so much to be taken from those famous lyrics to the adopted Munster anthem ‘Stand Up and Fight’.

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As low as a snake’s belly after massacre right out of the dog days

As low as a snake’s belly after massacre right out of the dog days

After the Clare-Limerick game yesterday evening, I turned the car for Cork so I could stay the night and be fully refreshed for this morning’s

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Treaty will be hyped but Clare will be psyched up to their eyeballs

Treaty will be hyped but Clare will be psyched up to their eyeballs

There was a famous photograph taken in 2000 at a Leinster U21 final, shortly after Offaly had dethroned Cork to reach the All-Ireland senior final, where they were ...

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Tipp didn’t just sack the fortress, they blew it to smithereens

Tipp didn’t just sack the fortress, they blew it to smithereens

I’ve had better weekends. Spurs and Clare. Big dreams. Big plans. All ending in dust.

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We’ll know more about Tipp if they can survive the Ennis inferno

We’ll know more about Tipp if they can survive the Ennis inferno

The first time a drop of alcohol passed my lips was on June 22, 1986.

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Wexford answer critics but Galway have lost that cruise control

Wexford answer critics but Galway have lost that cruise control

When five minutes went up on the board yesterday, I said to Brendan Cummins that a draw would be the fairest result.

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If Galway don’t win on Sunday, they won’t be winning an All-Ireland

If Galway don’t win on Sunday, they won’t be winning an All-Ireland

Anthony Daly I was below in Cork the day that Galway played Carlow two weeks ago. It never even entered my head to check the result because I thought it was a foregone ...

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Cork atone and shut up the doubters (me among them)

Cork atone and shut up the doubters (me among them)

I’m sure there are some people out there giving me a share of the credit for Cork’s win yesterday. I’ve no doubt that my comments in my column ...

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Are these Cork players really playing for the management?

Are these Cork players really playing for the management?

My first championship match as Clare manager in 2004 was my ultimate nightmare. We went into the match as hot favourites but Waterford annihilated us.

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Sheedy didn't go back to Tipp without good reason

Sheedy didn't go back to Tipp without good reason

With The Sunday Game 40 years old this year, I was asked to pick my highlight for a short clip which was aired during yesterday’s live show from Cork.

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Savour every second of the summer wine

Savour every second of the summer wine

At last, the long wait is over. As soon as last year’s championship ended, the pining for the electricity and excitement which super-charged all hurling people, ...

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The balance every manager and player should be looking to strike

The balance every manager and player should be looking to strike

On my first year starting on the Clare team in 1990, our manager Tony Kelly dispatched Cyril Lyons, Alan Neville and myself to the Clare Inn to do a TV interview ...

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Limerick swarm like killer bees. And Waterford got badly stung

Limerick swarm like killer bees. And Waterford got badly stung

I was on the road to Dublin yesterday morning at 6.15am. It wasn’t easy to roll out of the cot at that ungodly hour but I arranged Kilmacud Crokes training ...

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Do hurlers not deserve to stand and sing our national anthem?This story is enriched with multi-media content

Do hurlers not deserve to stand and sing our national anthem?

After St Patrick’s Day had segued into the Bank Holiday Monday, I sat down to watch Michael Conlan’s fight against Ruben Garcia Hernandez.

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This is not year one for Waterford. It’s year now

This is not year one for Waterford. It’s year now

After Dublin lost to Clare in the 2012 qualifiers in Ennis, Jamesie O’Connor wrote in his newspaper column the following day that Dublin had played “caveman ...

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The buzz is back for hurling’s boys in blue

The buzz is back for hurling’s boys in blue

I was walking into Croke Park last Sunday when I heard some fella calling me.

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Time to fix crazy situation with Galway clubs

Time to fix crazy situation with Galway clubs

I met Nickey Brennan in the lift on the way out of Croke Park yesterday. “If ever a system needed to be redressed,” I said to him, “the set-up ...

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An afternoon of championship dry-runs and deliberations

An afternoon of championship dry-runs and deliberations

My last game as an inter-county manager with Dublin was our 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Tipperary. I drove from Clare, picked up Tommy Dunne in Nenagh ...

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As Carlow keep rising, Offaly keep falling

As Carlow keep rising, Offaly keep falling

I don’t know whether it was shock or despair or whether he was hoping something light would lighten the shock and despair, but Damian Martin was somehow trying ...

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Limerick will be locked and loaded to detonate Laois

Limerick will be locked and loaded to detonate Laois

After the Clare-Limerick match last Sunday, I slipped back across the border for a Cheltenham Preview night at the Na Piarsaigh clubhouse in Caherdavin.

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All the spiky elements of an edgy local rivalry

All the spiky elements of an edgy local rivalry

I got a text from a good buddy before yesterday’s game in Ennis which neatly set the scene for what followed.

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It’s not Celtic-Rangers but there’s a serrated edge to Clare-Limerick

It’s not Celtic-Rangers but there’s a serrated edge to Clare-Limerick

As I was making my way under the Kinnane Stand before the Clare-Galway All-Ireland semi-final replay last August, I met a plethora of Limerick guys on stewarding ...

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Kiely won’t be sorry to see hype downplayed

Kiely won’t be sorry to see hype downplayed

The Kilmacud Crokes-Craobh Chiaráin Dublin league game threw in yesterday morning at 10.30am.

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What more can John Kiely do to stop the hype?

What more can John Kiely do to stop the hype?

It’s gas how the All-Ireland champions, especially when it’s not Kilkenny, invariably drive and dominate the narrative early the following season.

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The Limerick machine just cranked into top gear

The Limerick machine just cranked into top gear

When I took my seat in the stand in Nowlan Park yesterday, near the 45-metre line, I found myself beside a nice man from Clara. He was a quiet fella, who said very ...

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After heat of Fitzgibbon battle, it’s back to the phoney war

After heat of Fitzgibbon battle, it’s back to the phoney war

You can’t bate modern technology. On Tuesday evening, I sat down in my living room in west Clare, curled my toes up in front of the fire, and switched on my ...

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‘That pitch might do for Rod Stewart but it ain't much good for hurling.’

‘That pitch might do for Rod Stewart but it ain't much good for hurling.’

By the time the first rounds of the Derby and the Oaks began in Clonmel yesterday at the National Coursing meeting, which pares the numbers down from 64 to 32 for ...

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Limerick’s champs will be eager to give home support a treat

Limerick’s champs will be eager to give home support a treat

During my time with the Limerick underage academy between 2015-2018, one of my main briefs was to coach the minor team in each of those seasons.

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John Meyler will be frustrated. He’ll want to see what stuff is in certain fellas

John Meyler will be frustrated. He’ll want to see what stuff is in certain fellas

Any time I’m on the road on a Saturday evening, I always tune into Céilí House, one of RTÉ Radio’s most popular programmes of traditional ...

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Trials, targets, and transitions

Trials, targets, and transitions

At the end of June 2017, I found myself in familiar territory, back in Cusack Park for a knockout championship match, positioned on the other side of the trenches, ...

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Laboratory conditions right for Clare to win league

Laboratory conditions right for Clare to win league

When we won the All-Ireland with Clare in 1995, the following year’s league kicked off that October. The celebrations obviously took their toll early in the ...

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‘I’ve no doubt Limerick will win more All-Irelands but it’s doubtful it’ll be in 2019’

‘I’ve no doubt Limerick will win more All-Irelands but it’s doubtful it’ll be in 2019’

Every county will be out to knock Limerick off their perch, writes Anthony Daly

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Ballyhale’s powers of regeneration are incredible

Ballyhale’s powers of regeneration are incredible

Ballyhale are an incredible club, a rural parish with a big ability to regenerate quickly, says Anthony Daly.

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Sometimes, it really does boil down to savage hunger

Sometimes, it really does boil down to savage hunger

When I was driving back from Thurles yesterday, I was listening to the widespread coverage on RTÉ Radio 1 of Ireland’s memorable win against the All-Blacks ...

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Na Piarsaigh have been road-tested in Limerick

Na Piarsaigh have been road-tested in Limerick

It’s 21 years ago now since Clarecastle travelled down to Walsh Park to play Ballygunner in a Munster semi-final. We were in the Roanmore clubhouse having ...

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