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Fitting Finale To Great Championship As Clare Topple Cork In Thriller

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Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

The most exciting championship in living memory deserved a fitting final and by god did we get it. The drawn game three weeks had everything or so we taught. What was served up to us on Saturday evening was a credit to both Clare and Cork and surpassed the hopes of the neutral who had feared an also-ran replay. Those fears were quickly diminished as late replacement and soon-to-be poster boy of Clare, Shane O Donnell scored a hat trick of goals inside the first twenty minutes. Add to this a 20 metre free from Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash that he blasted past 12 Clare players on the line which was in itself box office viewing. Clare had stretched to an eight point lead with half time fast approaching but a determined Cork importantly managed to claw into that lead before the break leaving just three points in it at the interval.

The second half began as the first finished, fast, frantic and highly intense. Cork came back in the second half with a few hammer blows and drew it level, Clare at that stage responded like a team of 27- or 28-year-olds with four All-Ireland medals in their back pocket, who knew how not to panic and knew how to close the deal. Yet that came from a bunch of young and relatively inexperienced hurlers. Continue reading

New Irish Basketball Season Launched

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The 2013/2014 season was launched last week in the National Basketball Arena. The AerTV cameras were also present to capture the action as the National Cup draws also took place.

Templeogue are preparing to enter the top league of Irish basketball for the first time. U18 Irish international point guard Sean Flood was in the Arena and spoke to basketballireland.ie about how big of a step up the Premier Division is going to be for everyone in the club. Continue reading

SHC Final Replay – Liam McCarthy Awaits As Cork And Clare Battle Again

Cork v Clare  - Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final

The greatest hurling championship in living memory reaches its conclusion this Saturday at 5pm as Cork and Clare meet again for the honour of taking home Liam McCarthy. After 72 minutes and 30 seconds three weeks ago nothing could separate these sides after a pulsating tie. The Hurling community has the pleasure of another instalment of seventy plus minutes of high octane excitement filled Hurling. This is the second year in a row the final has gone to a replay after sixty odd years of none, the debates of should it have gone to extra-time and the timing of the replay rumble on but that is an entirely different argument best left for another day. For now we concentrate on tomorrow’s mouth-watering replay and where it will be won or lost. Continue reading

Munster Rivals Draw Swords In Battle For Hurling Success

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After a summer of drama, entertainment, controversy and joyous hurling we reach the pinnacle of the hurling calendar this weekend with tickets for Sunday’s battle as rare as hen’s teeth.

Few would have predicted it at the start of the year and those who did well there just liars or fortune tellers. Cork and Clare do battle this Sunday at half past three in Croke Park for the honour and privilege of being crowned All-Ireland champions and bringing home the Holy Grail that is the Liam McCarthy cup. Both teams have come this far via the back door / qualifier system but none to argue their worth of a place in Sunday’s showpiece after both teams displayed scintillating performances in their semi-final victories to advance. Continue reading

Hurling Preview – Clash of the Capitals Part 2

cdOn Sunday the first of the All Ireland Senior hurling Semi-finals takes place with Cork and Dublin locking horns for a place in the final.

Dublin enter the game as Leinster Champions and Cork have got here via the back door/quarter-final after losing to Limerick in the Munster final. Having lost to Limerick a lot of pundits wrote off the rebels to progress any further having drawn Kilkenny, but they showed massive maturity and composure to dispose of the All-Ireland champions. In truth the sending off of star forward Pat Horgan against Limerick had a big impact on the outcome and to Cork’s credit they stuck with extra man Limerick for the majority of the game. Cork have not been given the plaudits their performances deserve and will now have a belief in the squad that they can go all the way. Jimmy Barry Murphy has done wonders with this young bunch of players, not only installing a stellar belief and hunger but also transforming the way they play. The players have bought into every aspect of his ways and from Anthony Nash in goal through to Luke O’Farrell at corner forward , they possess tireless hurlers who want to work and hurl in the right manner. Continue reading

Hurling – Cork & Clare Progress As Cats Run Out Of Lives

Is It The End Of An Era?

Is It The End Of An Era?

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 

Cork ended Kilkenny’s reign as All-Ireland champions in Thurles on Sunday as the cats finally ran out of lives and for the first time in seventeen years failed to make the semi-final of the championship. Cork march on to play Dublin while Kilkenny now have plenty to ponder, as they will no doubt attempt to bounce back next year. The big moment of the game came shortly before half time when Kilkenny superstar and talisman Henry Shefflin was sent off for a second bookable offence. Both cautions were soft but unarguable under the rulebook. Continue reading

Wrecking Ball Weekender Brings Tour To A Close

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“And we’ll be back. And we’ll be back. And we’ll be back…” This was the promise made. All 63 years of him, Bruce Springsteen strolled across the stage in Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park last night as he bid a fond farewell to all the fans present, and those that have been with the band all the way through the last 18 months.

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