Clare’s Conor McGrath: a hip surgery success story. From surgery Christmas 2012 to the best goal of the All-Ireland final nine months later. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The first answer is that there is no answer. As is so often the case when we start casting around for a through line connecting a spate of injuries of(...)

Davy Fitzgerald at the Clare Hurling Press Night, Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis. James Crombie/Inpho

Clare manager David Fitzgerald has named an unchanged team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland hurling final replay against Cork at Croke Park. The team that (...)

Gavin O’Mahony tries to tackle Padraic Collins but  is upended by Colin Ryan of Clare

Clare 1-22Limerick 0-18When it’s not happening it’s not happening. Limerick, having breathed the oxygen-rich air of genuine All-Ireland ambition for t(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates his side’s  goal as Limerick manager John Allen looks on during the All-Ireland Senior  Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18: So Davy Fitzgerald continues to turn back the clock on Clare hurling, guiding them to the All-Ireland Final for the first ti(...)

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin recieves a second yellow card and then a red from referee Barry Kelly at Thurles

Kilkenny have raged against the dying of the light all season. Yesterday in Thurles it was finally extinguished.There’s a fine line between being batt(...)

Clare will benefit from the likes of Darach Honan getting some match practice against Waterford. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

If this were the other way around and Cork had beaten Clare three times already this year, there wouldn’t be much discussion about what was going to (...)

Clare manager David Fitzgerald. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tomorrow in Thurles the Munster hurling championship gets under way with a fixture that also marked the counties’ first league assignment this year ba(...)