Podge Collins

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Dejected Galway players after their defeat to Kilkenny in the Leinster final at Croke Park on July 3rd. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

The Galway hurlers have come in for quite a bit of criticism again since the Leinster final. Much of the narrative about them over a long number of ye(...)

 Martin McMahon tackles Kyle Cawley during Clare’s qualifier win over Sligo. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Clare 2-17 Sligo 1-13 Clare footballers seem intent on giving their hurlers a run for their money as to who will stay in contention in the champion(...)

Podge Collins in action against Limerick during the All-Ireland hurling qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are seven games on in the All-Ireland senior football championship this weekend, and the opening game on Saturday features my man of the summer (...)

Clare’s Colm Galvin and David McInerney in action against  Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 Another dark chapter in Limerick’s painful hurling history. TJ Ryan’s time as manager ended with this defeat to Davy Fitzger(...)

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien celebrates after scoring an early goal in the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 Without much effort and certainly no fuss Kerry have booked their place in the Munster football final, the only surprise in Kil(...)

“I never believed in getting beaten and trying to keep the score down,” says Clare manager Colm Collins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Something resembling competitive football is expected up in Ballybofey on Sunday. Fermanagh, under their wily manager Pete McGrath, could conceivably (...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell tries to block down Waterford’s Austin Gleeson at Semple Stadium.  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

My impression over the course of the National League final and the replay that followed was that Waterford were the better team over the two matches e(...)

Waterford’s Patrick Curran fires past Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly to score the opening goal of the league final replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One largely unremarked aspect of Clare’s thrilling league final win over Waterford in Thurles is that 11 players became the first in the county’s hist(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson crashes into team-mate Michael Walsh after catching a high ball over Clare’s David Fitzgerald and Brendan Bugler. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The result and performance of both teams shows just how evenly matched they are. They could play a few times and get different results, although the(...)

Clare’s Shane Golden and Waterford’s Tom Devine challenge for the sliotar during the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19 Well now. Hurling still has a bit to recommend it, has it not? A belter of an Allianz League final replay ended with Clar(...)

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