It was no surprise that new Clare hurling boss, Brian Lohan, picked a player in his own likeness as captain for the year ahead. John Conlon may inhabit a different end of the field than the Banner legend did during his playing days, but the differences between the two end there.
Shane O’Donnell will be back in a Clare jersey far sooner than envisaged with confirmation that the 2013 All-Ireland final hero will be lining out for the Banner County in the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston on Sunday.
Tommy Walsh has likened the new championship format to Game of Thrones. Brendan Cummins described it “rats-in-a-barrel” stuff. One episode in and already the worst is being feared. Taking Walsh’s analogy, Tipperary and Clare are, spoiler alert, Ned Starks in the making.
From playing soccer with Def Leppard to rugby under Joe Schmidt, Ken Robinson enjoyed an eclectic sporting education. And now he is transferring his skills to developing a new generation of young Irish sporting talents in the capital.
With all the attention the various awards and big-name autobiographies command at this time of year, that little gem of a read for that special GAA person in your life can remain hidden, lost in the heap, writes
You’re called up by the Clare senior hurlers. You stroll into the dressing room your first night and you want to make friends. Shane O’Donnell, hat-trick hero of the 2013 All-Ireland final replay: you’ll chat to him, maybe about what he’s at in UCC.
In a way, it was a pity that referee Jerome Henry blew full-time just as Michael Farragher bore down on goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, as another point would have given Corofin the biggest winning margin ever in a Connacht final.
Kilkenny’s former All-Ireland winning captain Eddie O’Connor has openly questioned Tipperary’s “bottle” ahead of Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1A crunch between the counties at Nowlan Park.
Kerry hurling manager Ciaran Carey has branded as “silly” a motion to this year’s GAA’s Annual Congress aimed at deleting the rule which allows players from stronger counties represent those from further down the pecking order.