Clare’s Colm Galvin breaks his hurley while tussling with Lester Ryan of Kilkenny during the Allianz Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Exactly a year ago to the day Colm Galvin called manager Davy Fitzgerald aside before Clare training and pushed the nuclear button. Wanderlust had go(...)

Clare’s David Reidy tackled by Seamus Callanan of Tipperary during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare 2-13 Tipperary 0-18 The ground doesn’t really shake at AHL quarter-finals but Sunday afternoon in Cusack Park, Ennis came close, as the home si(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “This is still a very competitive division, trust me. We have to go down to Laois and to Limerick still . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even with all his ducks lined up in near perfect order, Davy Fitzgerald still sees some misalignment with the Allianz Hurling League. The format, say(...)

Clare’s Conor McGrath and Damien Cahalane of Cork clash during their qualifier round two meeting in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 The last time Cork and Clare played on into the evening was the fabled All-Ireland final replay of two years ago. On Saturday nig(...)

Cork’s Mark Ellis in action against Waterford’s Jamie Barron in the Munster hurling semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been a long two years for both of these counties since they contested the memorable All-Ireland final and replay of 2013. Cork flared last sum(...)

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(...)