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Podge Collins: featured prominently during the summer as Clare enjoyed their best season since 2013.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurling goes global over the next couple of weeks with Galway and Kilkenny meeting for the Wild Geese trophy in Sydney this weekend. The other four o(...)

Daniel Kearney at Dublin Airport helping to launch the Aer Lingus-sponsored Fenway Hurling Classic. “The ultimate goal is the All-Ireland every year but it’s important for the All-Ireland not to be the only metric of success.”  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It was another ultimately disappointing summer for the Cork hurlers. For the third time in five years, they won the Munster title and lost the subs(...)

Podge Collins: “He’ll [Kelly] need watching on Sunday but, if you go through their team, nearly all of them have played inter-county in either hurling or football.”  Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Podge Collins’s busy dual life has simplified this weekend. Cratloe footballers lost the recent semi-final to Milltown-Malbay but the club’s hurlers (...)

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(...)

Limerick’s Tom Morrissey and Kilkenny’s Martin Keoghan battle for possession during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick’s victory over Kilkenny completely eclipsed the other All Ireland quarter-final between Clare and Wexford as a game of hurling. There was no (...)

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 Shane O’Donnell: for a player who is so brilliant at securing possession, he is so frustrating in his reluctance to shoot. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

After the headlong gallop through the first part of the hurling championship, there’s a small bit of a break now for everyone left standing to take st(...)

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(...)

Clare’s  Patrick O’Connor  and Tipp’s Séamus Callanan  after the final whistle.  Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

The cull has begun in earnest. A hurling summer that has pulsed with possibilities for such a wide and varied field of contenders is starting to find (...)

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