Aron Shanagher

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Clare’s Podge Collins  at Centra’s launch of the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championship. “I basically am playing as a fan now. That’s the best way to enjoy it.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Podge Collins bounces into the lobby of the Croke Park Hotel, swapping his hurley to his left hand so he can shake yours with his right. We said we’d (...)

Waterford’s Shane Fives and Shane O’Donnell of Clare. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 1-20 Waterford 0-22 For ages, this game loped along in perfect indolence, like it was any other hurling match in any other competition. John Co(...)

Podge Collins: featured prominently during the summer as Clare enjoyed their best season since 2013.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling goes global over the next couple of weeks with Galway and Kilkenny meeting for the Wild Geese trophy in Sydney this weekend. The other four o(...)

David Burke: Galway’s captain will be aiming to bring all his considerable experience to bear against Limerick at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You don’t have to force the history out of this. For a start no other All-Ireland has featured two teams from outside the top division of the national(...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn scores a  goal against Clare during the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For once an endless summer found an afternoon didn’t extend beyond its remit. One last hopeful long ball from Tony Kelly dribbled out over the Galway (...)

Galway’s Daithi Burke celebrates after the defeat of Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Overall, in the context of the brilliant hurling semi-finals last weekend, the standard in Thurles dropped off a bit. It was close and exciting in the(...)

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue: “But I think our boys worked hard, identified the threat, worked in numbers.” Photograph: Getty Images

The game comes down to moments and some moments are more equal than others. Aron Shanagher was only on the pitch a matter of minutes and already he ha(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning scores a late sideline cut in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-17 Clare 2-13 By the hair on their chinny-chin-chin – and no more – Galway have made the All-Ireland final. They led from pillar to post her(...)

Clare’s Peter Duggan is tackled by Galway’s Paul Kileen during the drawn semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Nobody’s complaining that this championship has found an extra date in the hurling diary. We can debate whether there shouldn’t have been extra-time (...)

Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the final equalising point in an incident-packed semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Galway 1-30 Clare 1-30 [After extra time] Clare had lamented for the past five years their inability get back to Croke Park and Saturday’s extra(...)

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