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Clare’s Jack Browne and Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick in action in their Munster Senior Hurling League Round 3 game at  Sixmilebridge, Co Clare on January 5th. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

One of the big consequences of this championship’s unique timing and scheduling is going to be already on view this weekend. The drastically reduced t(...)

Limerick manager John Kiely addresses his squad at Croke Park. They face a league final and Munster championship opener against Clare at Semple Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In one way, nowhere was an enforced rupture to the intercounty season less welcome than in Limerick. By the end of the league, they were like a race (...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch of Limerick will go head-to-head in Sunday’s Munster SHC quarter-final which doubles as the league final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a Munster hurling quarter-final, doubling as the league final, with a second chance for whoever loses, and Tony Kelly and Cian Lynch agree on one(...)

 Greg Murphy, formerly of Cork and now with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna and a sub on the 2018 All-Stars, is tackled by Cork’s Patrick Horgan  at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

2018 All Stars 9-16 2019 All Stars 8-9 Showcasing what we must assume as axiomatically greater hunger, the 2018 PwC All Stars beat their 2019 counter(...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell collides with with Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash and Damien Cahalane during the Munster SHC round-robin match at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Clare 2-23 Cork 2-18 Clare came out on top over Cork by five points at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday but it still wasn’t enough to stay in this year’s(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher and John O’Dwyer celebrate the comprehensive victory over Clare at Cusack Park  which seemed to derail the Banner’s campaign. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

SUNDAY Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, 2.0 A year must seem like a long time for Clare. In last year’s championship they had two provincial scraps with (...)

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates scoring a goal against Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick 1-28 Clare 0-13 “Inconceivable.” John Kiely doesn’t choose the word lightly, the Limerick manager pausing for deeper thought when asked abo(...)

Waterford’s Peter Hogan is challenged by Cathal Malone and Colm Galvin of Clare during the Munster SHC round-robin game at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I was sitting in the RTÉ studio in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday stuffing my face with Jelly Tots and watching Clare play Waterford on the screen in fron(...)

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(...)

Shane O’Donnell: back in the Clare fold  in advance of the championship which starts next month with a visit to Waterford.   Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Given his speed and diminutive proportions, Anthony Daly’s description of Shane O’Donnell’s hurling style as like a greyhound chasing a hare is fittin(...)

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