Tony Kelly

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Clare captain Paul Flanagan after his side won the Munster final against Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Whatever slight glimmer of hope or remote outside chance Antrim might somehow take out Clare in this under-21 showdown probably ended in Croke Park ar(...)

Cork’s Patrick Cronin is challenged by   Brendan Bulger of Clare. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

An incredible second-half and an unbelievable finish summed up just how wonderfully unpredictable this 2013 championship has been. You couldn’t have s(...)

Clare’s manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates after his side win a line ball in yesterday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL:CORK 3-16 CLARE 0-25If there had been any doubt about the ability of the All-Ireland hurling final to deliver an appropriate cli(...)

Clare’s Darach Honan holds off Stephen McDonnell of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final, a game where the Clare forward threatened to rule the roost. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The same old clichés keep recurring: hurling-wise, it’s been a fantastic championship, reminiscent of 1995, and weather-wise it hasn’t been too bad ei(...)

Clare’s Patrick Donnellan will a vital part of their team plan on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They call him Paddy down home. When he walked into the lobby of the Clare press night a couple of weeks back, Patrick Donnellan was in full Patrick mo(...)

Colin Ryan’s free-taking technique is all about eliminating distractions and following the same routine. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The last thing any Clare free-taker needs going into an All-Ireland hurling final is any comparison with Jamesie O’Connor, although with Colin Ryan, i(...)

Clare selector Mike Deegan lets midfielder  Nicky O’Connell know exactly what he and the mangement  want from him tactically. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In a week when every conceivable tactical thread will be fed through the loom at one point or another, it’s well worth sitting one of the weavers down(...)

Tony Kelly: Clare’s senior star, fresh from his herocis at Croke Park against Limerick, will be looking to help the Banner  book their place in another All-Ireland final, this time at U-21 level. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

With four certain starters in the All-Ireland senior final against Cork, and being defending champions, Clare should in theory feature in two nationa(...)

Limerick’s Stephen Walsh feels the heat from Clare’s Conor McGrath.  Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Stitch one, purl one, save one, win one. Win it all? Can’t rule it out. Not now. Not after Davy Fitzgerald’s defiant and doggedly structured Clare tea(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates his side’s  goal as Limerick manager John Allen looks on during the All-Ireland Senior  Hurling Championship semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18: So Davy Fitzgerald continues to turn back the clock on Clare hurling, guiding them to the All-Ireland Final for the first ti(...)

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