Border crossing: the Kilkenny man who played in goals for Wexford

David ‘Stoney’ Burke turns, attention broken. He has a big hurling occasion to mind from between the posts. But the voice is familiar, all too familiar. He scans the bank of wheelchairs at the back of Croke Park’s Hill 16 goal.

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How come the west is asleep in Tipp hurling?

September 1, 1997. The day John Kiely began teaching in The Abbey was Conor O’Brien’s first as a student in the Tipperary town secondary school. Just as there was heartache for a young O’Brien in seeing Tipperary go down to Clare later that month, there had been for Kiely as a member of Tom Ryan’s Limerick panel against Wexford 12 months previous.

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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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Coady: Carlow not looking for more, just the same

Carlow hurler Paul Coady says his team have not been treated as equals in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, and a Championship restructure should keep them in the competition.

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Cork would benefit from missing hype around Munster final, says McLoughlin

Former Cork hurler Lorcán McLoughlin believes the county would be better served by finishing third in the province, rather than progressing to yet another Munster final.

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Davy ready to bring the noise against Kilkenny

It’s March 10 last, a wind- assisted Wexford have outscored his team by 12 points in the second half to make the league knockout stages, and to make matters worse, Conor Delaney has been red carded in the closing stages.

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Waterford won’t find vision for future in populist barstool jibes

There is literal and metaphorical blindness in King Lear. Sight and vision are linked to good judgment and when Lear disowns Cordelia his loyal aide Kent urges him to

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Hurling Hands - Johnny Callinan: ‘Sean Stack broke my finger but I’m certain he didn’t mean it’

Clare hero Johnny Callinan wonders what has happened to all the broken fingers.

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Féile round-up: Titles going to Offaly, Kilkenny and Cork after action-packed weekend

In the John West Féile Hurling Division 2 final, Kilcormac/Killoughey (Offaly) had a three-point win over Cork's Valley Rovers, thanks to a goal from Arran Danzell, with Brecon Kavanagh lifting the cup for them.

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Erin’s Own take Féile Shield after extra-time win

This was a gripping affair between the Cork side and Naas right throughout with very little between the teams.

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Meath and Down set up Christy Ring decider

Christy Ring Cup favourites Meath had to overcome a stiff challenge from Derry before securing their place in the competition final on Saturday week, where they’ll face a Down side that had nine points to spare against Roscommon in the other semi-final.

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Limerick need to hit Walsh Park like Rockers, and leave like Mods, resplendent with renewed confidence

Jackie Tyrrell might have hesitated about placing the county in Ireland’s top three teams. Yet a later column implied cancellation of the caveat. Tyrrell deemed Limerick’s core emphasis ― “flood the middle third” ― an approach hard to counter.

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Hurling hands: Lar Corbett - ‘I’d nearly crash the car, as I was paying so much attention to the new hurleys’

A natural left-hander, Tipperary’s Lar Corbett was one of the most feared forwards in the modern game

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Hurling's top influencers as top counties bid for glory in final Championship of decade

After the same county lifted the MacCarthy Cup on seven occasions in the noughties, the decade that followed was always going to be more democratic.

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Late free earns Cork minors a draw against Limerick

A late Darragh Flynn free earned Cork a 0-19 to 1-16 draw with Limerick at the end of a highly entertaining Munster MHC tie at LIT Gaelic Grounds.

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Cork leagues wrap

Sarsfields moved to within two points of RedFM HL Division 1 leaders Bride Rovers – with two games in hand – after a comprehensive victory at home to Douglas on Saturday night.

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Here's five thing the Cork hurlers have to do to get summer back on track

Eighteen years have elapsed since a 15-man Cork last lost a Championship game to Limerick over 70 minutes. But defeat on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds puts John Meyler's squad behind the eight-ball. Here are five key changes Cork must get right to be back in business.

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Dublin could be surprise of the summer, says former Kilkenny star Morrissey

Given health, a regular span of life, hurlers spend a long time not being a hurler.

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Noel McGrath and Tipp not looking back in anger

For any premier level county, let alone the Premier county, 11 months seems an inordinate length of time to go between Championship games.

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1998: When Waterford and Clare went to war without bullets

Who dares to speak of ’98? Tony Browne, actually, but 21 years after his infamous scrape with Colin Lynch, the Waterford legend’s regard for his opposing number on the Clare side is immense.

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Decoding the DNA of a 21st-century hurler

Readers of a certain age will remember Tony Doran.

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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 with Michael Lyster.

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Walsh strikes late winner as Sars edge Mayfield

Dylan Walsh struck a dramatic winner from a free out near the sideline three minutes into stoppage time to secure a one-point victory for Sarsfields in the first round of the Cork IHC at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

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Doctor urges change in way we treat sport concussions

When it comes to concussion in sport, players lie because they do not want to come off, and team managers lie because they don’t want to take the player off — but the overriding message is “when in doubt, take them out”, an expert in sports medicine has warned.

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Website glitch sees fans overcharged

A glitch on the tickets.ie website saw Cork, Tipperary, and Waterford supporters overcharged when purchasing Munster SHC tickets yesterday morning.

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No mercy shown by dominant Rockies

It became all too easy for Blackrock with a runaway victory over Ballyhea in the second game of the Cork SHC double-header at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday

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Shanahan out of Clare’s Munster bid

Clare’s Jamie Shanahan has been ruled out of the Munster senior hurling championship after undergoing surgery to alleviate a long-standing back issue.

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Tributes as Limerick super-fan John Hunt dies aged 98

Hunt saw Limerick win their last two All-Ireland titles, the later ending an 82-year drought.

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Limerick stroll past Laois in hurling league quarter-final

Limerick posted a predictably straightforward victory in this Allianz Hurling League Division One quarter-final on Saturday evening.

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Midleton set sights on further success

The hurlers of Midleton CBS bid to continue an excellent few weeks for the East Cork school when they take on Coláiste Eoin Stillorgan in today’s All-Ireland post-primary SHC quarter-final (Nowlan Park, 2pm).

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Hurling League games refixed after weather forced postponements

The three Allianz Hurling League games which were forced to postpone due to yesterday's weather have been rescheduled.

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Possession isn’t nine-tenths of hurling’s law anymore. It’s ten tenths now

In what ways has hurling changed since the death of Christy Ring 40 years this weekend? We take a look at some of the main developments...

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TG4 confirm weekend GAA schedule

There are two football and one hurling match being shown on Sunday.

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Hurling round-up: Roscommon, Sligo and Longford into hurling finals

Westmeath and Derry top Division 2A and 2B respectively, while Roscommon (3A), Sligo and Longford (3B) are through to finals in the Allianz Hurling League.

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Wins for Derry and Kerry as hurling leagues begin to take shape

Derry made it four wins in a row while Kerry hammered London

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Hayes determined to maintain winning habit

Before last Sunday, no Limerick team had beaten Kilkenny in the Allianz League at Nowlan Park during Kyle Hayes’ lifetime.

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Liam Sheedy unhappy with calls by ref Colm Lyons

Liam Sheedy didn’t require much coaxing to part company with his views on referee Colm Lyons’ performance.

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No safety net on view in Wexford

Scoreboard To the chorus of voices who argue that counties have adopted a blasé approach to this league, given the threat of relegation is off the table, yesterday’s second half from Wexford Park should be made compulsory viewing.

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Patrick Horgan punishes Clare’s indiscipline

For those spilling out of Páirc Uí Rinn as the rain closed in on Saturday evening, one question dominated conversations.

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Routine victory for Galway as Dubs fold under pressure

This was a convincing and routine win for Galway as they easily bettered Dublin to claim both the league points on offer at Pearse Stadium.

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‘Changes will come but they will be subtle’

Three wins from three means Limerick have room to manoeuvre and to tweak their team but John Kiely seemed almost aghast at the invitation to ease off.

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Waterford waltzing through lower ranks

So far, so good for Paraic Fanning in Division 1B of the Allianz League.

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Boyle points Kerry to facile win over Mayo

Kerry had far too much firepower for a disappointing Mayo side in this one-sided Allianz Hurling League Division 2A tie at Austin Stack Park yesterday.

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Brennan’s Laois heap more misery on Offaly

A first-half blitz from Laois saw them claim a crucial Allianz Hurling League Division 1B win over Offaly on Saturday night.

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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 little, until he felt like making a point or asking a question. When Limerick made their final substitution in the 69th minute, the gentleman asked me who was the Limerick player being introduced. ‘Gearoid Hegarty,’ I said. ‘Jeez,’ he replied with an audible groan.

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Hurling League round-up: Westmeath, Derry and Roscommon sitting pretty

The only away win of the afternoon earned Westmeath top spot in Division 2A, thanks to a 1-17 to 1-15 victory over Antrim at Corrigan Park, Belfast.

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Is John Kiely becoming the new Brian Cody?

There was once a teacher who became an inter-county manager. Being a teacher he was a practical sort. His coaches would do the coaching. He would organise, facilitate, motivate and be the boss.

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NUIG through to Fitzgibbon Cup semi finals as LIT rue missed chances

NUIG are into the Fitzgibbon Cup semi finals after a dramatic 1-15 to 2-10 victory over LIT in Moylish.

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Hurling league round-up: Westmeath the early pace-setters as Mayo and Meath share the spoils

Goals were key for Westmeath in their 2-17 to 0-15 win over London at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.

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National Hurling League Division 1 previews: Fortress Nowlan should withstand Rebel challenge

The National Hurling League gets underway this evening as an in-form Clare side take on Liam Sheedy's Tipperary in Division 1A while Dublin kick off their promotion bid as they host Carlow.

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Proceed with caution: Why hurling must not be allowed to rest on its laurels

At first glance, hurling has never seemed stronger. The game is faster than ever before at the top level, where the competition has rarely been more finely balanced. Galway and Limerick won the last two All-Ireland finals but it would take a brave man to identify this season’s All-Ireland semi-finalists. Why is Michael Moynihan sounding a note of warning, then?

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Planning for a hurling league like no other

Enda McEvoy on the issues and individuals to look out for over the coming weeks

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DCU make hard work of WIT test

Last years’ beaten Fitzgibbon Cup finalists DCU Dóchas Éireann had to grind out a two-point victory over a battling home side at Carriganore, Waterford.

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Munster Championship too good for its own good

Happy New Year to one and all and we bring you some good cheer with the news that Davy Fitzgerald and John Mullane recently made their peace.

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UNESCO recognises hurling and camogie as 'intrinsic parts of Irish culture'

Hurling and camogie have been recognised by UNESCO as protected cultural activities.

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The big interview with Paul Rouse: Why is the greatest game played by so few?

Paul Rouse is an accidental academic, but a fascination with history deepened into a passion when it merged with his love of sport. His new book, ‘The Hurlers’, charts the birth of the modern game in that first All-Ireland final 131 years ago. He marvels at what a few visionary hurling men gave the country, but can’t help think that hurling has since failed at least half that country

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GAA chiefs looking to scrap hurling league quarter-finals

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) will meet on Thursday to make their recommendations for the 2019 season with an August 18 date for the All-Ireland senior hurling final looking likely.

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Five Galway hurlers on minor team of year

All-Ireland champions Galway have five players on the Electric Ireland minor hurling team of the year.

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Club player workload almost at county levels, claims Michael Fennelly

Former Kilkenny midfielder Michael Fennelly believes the demands of club hurling are beginning to match that of the inter-county game.

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