Clare captain Tony Kelly lifts the trophy after last night’s win over Wexford. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All week Clare had battled the dangers of overwhelming favouritism. Dublin’s fate in the football semi-final against Donegal was circulated as a vacci(...)

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 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(...)

Shane O’Donnell (right) celebrates with team-mate Aaron Cunningham after scoring a goal during the second half of extra-time against Tipperary in the Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-final  at Cusack Park. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Clare can still leave an indelible mark on hurling in 2014. Four days after the senior champions lost to Wexford the under-21s were forced into extra(...)

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 (...)

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern collides with the knee of Clare’s Jack Browne during the All-Ireland SHC Qualifier  Round 1 Replay at Wexford Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22 (AET)Wexford deposed All-Ireland champions Clare amidst extraordinary scenes of jubilation in Wexford Park this evening before(...)

 Brendan Bugler wins a high ball while under pressure from Garrett Sinnott and PJ Nolan of Wexford at Cusack Park last week. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

However this ends, Wexford can’t go back now. For so long, the distance between where they are and where they want to be seemed so thoroughly unbridge(...)

Clare’s Seádna Morey scores a goal for during the final moments of regulation time in the All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier against Wexford at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clare 2-25 Wexford 2-25 (after extra time)Unfancied Wexford put it up to Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday and almost pulled off the first sensa(...)

 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(...)