Gerry O’Connor: “We are effectively playing two National Leagues this year, except the ground conditions are going to be a lot harder the second time.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

“An Irish solution to an Irish problem,” laughs Gerry O’Connor, Clare co-manager, when the subject of tomorrow’s Munster Hurling League final comes u(...)

Clare’s Aron Shanagher. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Clare hurler Aron Shanagher has been ruled out for next year with a cruciate injury. The 20-year-old, who made his championship debut under Davy Fitz(...)

Davy Fitzgerald is one of the few managers happy to acknowledge  the emotional pull of being involved with a team. Photographs: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sooner or later in Thurles tomorrow, the hurling will become so absorbing the audience in the stadium and watching across the country – the world – wi(...)

 Tony Kelly at Croke Park flanked by ‘Irish Volunteers’ William Nortley and Adam Cahill as the GAA announced plans for the 1916 Rising event at Croke Park. Photo:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Clare’s 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly is to ease his way back from injury and is targeting the county’s Munster championship match against Water(...)

Limerick manager TJ Ryan celebrates his side’s goal in the victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The usual 100mph opening thrust from the beautiful game ended with the narrowest of Munster Championship wins for Limerick and confirmation that Clare(...)

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley scores the winning point despite the efforts of Clare’s Cian Dillon during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off at Nowlan Park Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17The sense of unreality that surrounded the two most recent All-Ireland champions contesting yesterday’s relegation play-off in(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Clare’s Brendan Bugler and Jack Browne and  Niall O’Meara of Tipperary battle for possession during the Allianz Hurling League Division One semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-24 Clare 2-17 After the searing flames of 2013, a Tipper(...)

Tipperary’s Conor O’Mahony outjumps Peter Duggan of Clare at Semple Stadium. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho Tipperary’s Conor O’Mahony outjumps Peter Duggan of Clare at Semple Stadium. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 4-15Tipperary 0-20 For all of Davy Fitzgerald’s st(...)

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