Clare’s Shane O’Donnell: “We’re very close. We’ve always been very close.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

If the disciplinary row, loss of dual players, and eventual league relegation has somehow upset Clare’s hurling championship preparations then Shane (...)

Michael “Brick” Walsh, seen here during the league match against Galway, is one of Waterford’s more mature players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

On the day before St Patrick’s Day 2014, Derek McGrath’s Waterford side arrived in Ennis with their step light and their smile easy. With three games (...)

Clare Manager Colm Collins with his team -  they have welcomed Davy O’Halloran into their panel. Photo:  James Crombie

Davy O’Halloran, who left the Clare hurling panel last month after refusing to accept what he considered to be a ‘humiliating’ punishment by the manag(...)

The Nire’s Conor Gleeson fields the ball with John Galvin of Cratloe attempting tyo block. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Munster Club Senior Football Championship The Nire 1-13 Cratloe 2-8 After extra-time Cratloe’s hopes of a Munster senior club championship double we(...)

Cratloe’s Pádraic Collins scores his side’s goal despite the efforts of Pádraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields during the  AIB Munster Club Senior Hurling Club semi-final at Cusack Park in  Ennis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cratloe 1-18 Thurles Sarsfields 0-14Cratloe’s winter of wonder continues, their 1-18 to 0-14 win over Thurles Sarsfields here propelling them into the(...)

Ballygunner’s Brian O’Sullivan is fouled by David Ryan of Cratloe  during their Munster club hurling championship match at Walsh Park. Photograph: Inpho

Cratloe 3-7 Ballygunner 1-10 Clare champions Cratloe left wind-swept Walsh Park with a precious three-point victory in the opening round of the Munst(...)

 Cathal McInerney is one of Cratloe’s established county players as they prepare to face Waterford champions Ballygunner. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht Club SFC q-f Tubbercurry (Sligo) v Aughawillan (Leitrim) Markievicz Park, 2.00 Fresh ground for both these sides, neither of whom (...)

Cratloe and Clare star Podge Collins at Croke Park for the launch of the AIB Club Championships. “No, it wasn’t an easy decision at all” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If someone put a gun to his head and gave him five seconds to decide between hurling and football, then Podge Collins would probably take the bullet. (...)

Clare All Star  Conor McGrath and Sean Collins celebrate after last week’s hurling final victory  over Crusheen. Both players will be in action in the football final against Éire Óg as Cratloe aim to complet the double. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

The village doesn’t feature all that highly on county Clare’s famous archive of ballads and traditional tunes and for many decades its GAA teams were (...)

Conor Ryan of Cratloe   battles with  Crusheen’s Alan Tuohy during the Clare Senior Hurling Club Final at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cratloe 0-14 Crusheen 0-6Cratloe triumphed for only the second time in the Clare Senior hurling championship at Cusack Park Ennis, when they defeated (...)