Colin Ryan of Clare: “All you want to do is win. . . I’m sure the Waterford fans would love it if they won an All-Ireland no matter what way they are playing.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It was so furious and crowded around the middle sector at Semple Stadium on Sunday that there wasn’t much time to think, let alone find time to dwell (...)

Maurice Shanahan scores the equalising point with the last puck of the game. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

For a league final this was a strange game of hurling, and for a while it felt like neither team knew how to win. Waterford were the marginally better(...)

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates scoring the equalising point with the last puck of the game. Photo: Donall Farme/Inpho

Seventy minutes gone on May Day and everyone in the old place is riveted to their seats. Davy Fitzgerald stands alone on the sideline, arms folded. D(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: “That is what hurling is all about. You want a man’s game; you want it toe to toe.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald nodded when told that Derek McGrath had said that Clare-Waterford had just become a trilogy. Before this match, the benefits of mee(...)

Tony Kelly: “The biggest thing was that we weren’t doing ourselves justice on the field as a group.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tony Kelly was sent into the league semi-final against Kilkenny after 52 minutes. He might have anticipated entering the match just when it was beginn(...)

Clare and Waterford take to the field again in the Allianz Hurling League Division One final at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Tactics – defined in the dictionary as “an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end – is the subject of my maiden Irish Times jo(...)

Davy Fitzgerald: “It will be hard enough to get scores because of the way they are in that middle third. It will be tough.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“I don’t think you can force them to play another way. I don’t think you can.” Davy Fitzgerald sits back and a small smile creeps across his face as(...)

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(...)

David McInerney of Clare is set to miss Sunday’s Allianz League final against Waterford with a back injury. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has revealed that one of his top stars will be left “devastated” when he is omitted from the starting line-up for Sunday(...)

Clare’s Seán and Podge Collins celebrate winning Allianz Football League Division Three Final on Saturday. Podge will be targeting a Division One Hurling title with Clare next Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

About five minutes from the end of last Sunday’s league semi-final win over Kilkenny, Podge Collins chased down an overhit pass to dispossess Lester R(...)