Brian Lohan

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Cork’s Shane Barrett celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork and Clare was always impossible to call: proven battlers against potential and it stayed that way up until the 74th minute. Kieran Kingston must (...)

Cork’s Shane Kingston scores a goal during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier against Clare at the LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork 3-19 Clare 1-23 In Clare, they lay all their songs at Tony Kelly’s feet. Rightly so. The Ballyea man gave another revelatory performance as Clar(...)

Clare’s Cathal Malone celebrates scoring a goal against Wexford last week. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are different dynamics going into these qualifier rounds: teams that have lost their last match and teams with decent wins under their belt – tw(...)

For Davy Fitzgerald and Brian Lohan, this is year-defining and it may even define their times with their respective groups. It is that big. File photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It’s late June in 2013 and it’s almost 9pm. My head is in my hands and I’m looking at the floor of the dressing room in O’Moore Park. Beads of sweat f(...)

Lee Chin gets above Wexford team-mate  Ciarán Kenny  and Clare’s  Peter Duggan to claim possession during the  All-Ireland qualifier replay at Wexford Park in July 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It may well have been Davy Fitzgerald’s first time in a Wexford dressingroom and it wasn’t especially pleasant for him. As Clare manager, he had gone (...)

Referee James Owens prepares to show Clare’s Aidan McCarthy a yellow card during the Munster semi-final in  Limerick. Owens will tell the meeting of his colleagues what he saw at the time and what guided his action. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Why don’t they leave hurling alone? It was grand the way it was. These sentiments are in essence the response of many hurling followers to the sort of(...)

Darragh Ó Sé receives a yellow card from referee Joe McQuillan during the drawn All-Ireland SFC semi-final game against Cork at Croke Park in August 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

I watched Brian Lohan talking after the Clare game on Sunday and although he kept it together fairly well – much better than I would have – you could (...)

Barry Kelly says that James Owens and other referees haven’t had anything like the usual number of matches to acclimatise to the new hurling rules for championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former referee Barry Kelly has said that he remains in favour of measures to combat cynical play even though the current sanction, which proved contro(...)

Clare’s David Reidy and Aron Shanagher vie  with Barry Heffernan of Tipperary for the sliotar. Photograph: Inpho

This was impressive by Tipperary. I thought they looked in good shape and more dangerous than they have in a while. If you use Bubbles O’Dwyer as baro(...)

Tipperary progress to the Munster final after beating Clare at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tipperary 3-23 Clare 2-22 A memorable weekend’s hurling concluded in controversy at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday when an impressive looking Clare(...)

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