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(...)

Limerick’s Mike Casey keeps a close eye on Galway’s Jonathan Glynn during the key match-up in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s nothing like the day after an All-Ireland win. The slagging, the sense that nothing is a hassle, the satisfaction that runs through every conv(...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn prepares to score a goal against Clare. Curtailing his huge threat from cleanly-won aerial ball will be a huge priority for Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Everything feels like it has happened quicker this year. More games in a shorter space of time. The likes of Tipperary and Waterford gone by the middl(...)

Tempers flare between Clare’s Jack Browne and Joe Canning of Galway. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Galway 1-17; Clare 2-13 It mightn’t have ascended the giddy heights of the drawn encounter in Croke Park a week previously but Sunday’s All(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Clare’s Jason McCarthy scores the equalising point against Galway at Croke park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway 1-30 Clare 1-30 Hurling’s facility for improbable decadence is safe and well. Clare and Galway strapped each other to the rocket here and shot(...)

Wexford’s Aidan Nolan tackles Clare’s Tony Kelly during the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaomih. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Clare 0-27 Wexford 1-17 The general trend of their respective seasons was maintained by Clare and Wexford in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday. The first (...)

Clare’s John Conlon and  Shane O’Donnell in action against Richie English of Limerick during the Munster championship clash at Cusack Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Home advantage has proved a significant and consistent factor in the new championship format. Clare were the only team in Munster to win away – (...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch in action against Waterford in the Munster Hurling Championship at  Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Back in 2013, Tony Kelly had the hurling world at his feet. Hurler of the Year, Young Hurler of the Year, All-Ireland winner, the lot. Greatness was b(...)

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