Podge Collins

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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(...)

I Brian Lohan: he is Clare’s  new hurling manager for a two-year term, with the option of a third. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The Clare hurling saga finally concluded on Thursday evening with the ratification of Brian Lohan as the county’s new hurling manager for a two-year t(...)

 Sixmilebridge  celebrate claiming a 14th Clare SHC title after their victory over Cratloe at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sixmilebridge 0-21 Cratloe 0-15 Sixmilebridge were crowned Clare senior hurling champions for the 14th time at Cusack Park on Sunday following a six-(...)

Jake Dillon: Waterford sharpshooter will be in action for De La Salle in the county final.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

County football finals SATURDAY Antrim SFC final replay - Cargin v Lámh Dhearg, Corrigan Park, 4.0 – This year’s championship sounds like a ma(...)

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(...)

Tipperary’s Brendan Maher and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer celebrate after the convincing victory over Clare at Cusack Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s probably worth making the point that so far the round-robin championship has failed to live up to 2018 levels. Too many teams look like they have(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher scores his side’s third goal despite the efforts of Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As he shuffled on and off the pitch in Ennis, the words of the world’s most over-qualified water-boy rang out. “You should be careful about making (...)

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 (...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan and Sean O’Donoghue with Limerick’s Aaron Gillane  during the recent Munster championship clash when Cork  tuned the tables on their All-Ireland semi-final conquerors in emphatic fashion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It hasn’t been a great start for Waterford. For whatever reason, they didn’t spark until too late against Clare and couldn’t catch up. Then they sho(...)

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