Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin of Clare celebrate victory at the end of the All-Ireland Hurling Under-21 Championship Final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Every so often a special group of players comes along and lights up the sporting world with their achievements. What special ability, expertise, capac(...)

Clare’s Aaron Cunningham celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Bord Gáis Energy  All-Ireland under-21 hurling final against Wexford at   Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clare 2-20 Wexford 3-11Clare showed that the county’s hurlers haven’t gone away at the end of a summer during which they may have lost their senior Al(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly: he may well hit form for the climax of the championship today. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

On top of the riches enjoyed by Clare hurling at under-age and their apparently inexorable march towards a third successive All-Ireland at the grade(...)

 Antrim’s Darragh McGuinness breaks the hurl of Clare’s Gearoid O’Connell at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Antrim 1-10 Clare 4-28 Clare demolished Antrim by 27 points in Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final but joint-manager(...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores his side’s first goal despite the challenge from Cork’s Stephen Murphy at Cusack Park, Ennis, last night. Photograph: Sportsfile

Clare 1-28 Cork 1-13 Clare made it three Munster titles in a row when they comprehensively defeated Cork in front of 12, 995 spectators at Cusack Par(...)

Tipperary’s Dan McCormack and Clare’s David Reidy during their Munster hurling under-21 semi-final at Cusack Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Inpho

Clare 5-19Tipperary 1-25After-extra-time Four days on from the shock championship exit by their seniors, the Clare under-21 hurlers came out the right(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly celebrates a score agains Wexford last Saturday. The reigning Hurler of the Year is included  in a strong home U-21  team  against Tipperary in Ennis. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It may or may not be ideal timing but Clare get the chance to move on from the surrendering of their All-Ireland senior title this evening when their (...)

 Clare’s Colm Galvin battles with Cork’s  Daniel Kearney during the Munster semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Guiney spoke this week about Wexford’s sheer delight at drawing Clare for this one, even if that also meant having to travel to Ennis. If there i(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly and Shane Dowling of Limerick during their Munster Under-21 hurling quarter-final at Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

CLARE 2-20 LIMERICK 1-14 All-Ireland champions Clare had sufficient craft and character to advance to the Munster semi-final following a convi(...)

Crossmaglen’s Aaron Cunningham in action during the controversial clash against Down champions Kilcoo last year. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Pressey/Inpho

The father of the Crossmaglen Rangers player who was racially abused during last December’s Ulster club final against Kilcoo has said he won’t be atte(...)