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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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The Quest For Liam McCarthy – The Story So Far

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aJust a few days until the All-Ireland quarter-finals and as six teams becomes four we take a look at the championship so far and the winners and losers.


The real winners thus far in the championship has been the supporters who have been treated to possibly the best championship for entertainment and quality for many years. The qualifiers have provided games never seen in this format before and in both provincial championships we have seen the odds upset. Continue reading

Springsteen Keeps The Wrecking Ball Rolling In Cork


So, how do you top playing one of your biggest albums live start to finish two days before yet another landmark gig in your forty year career? Well if you’re Bruce Springsteen, you only play three tracks from said album yet still churn out one of the finest live shows of 2013.
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Limerick Crowned Munster Champions As Kilkenny And Clare Progress

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Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15

Limerick claimed their first Senior Munster title since 1996 amongst joyous scenes at the Gaelic Grounds.

On a baking hot day the John Allen led Limerick finished the game very strongly to run out deserved victors. In the last ten minutes of the game they outscored Cork seven points to no score after Cork had got to within two points. Continue reading

Hurling Round Up – Cats Topple Tipp As Dublin End 53 Year Wait


Leinster Senior Hurling Final

Dublin 2-25 Galway 2-13

Dublin bridged a 53 year gap on Sunday when they overcame Galway in Croke Park. From start to finish Dublin were the better team displaying levels of hunger and aggression that Galway couldn’t get near. Dublin led by eight points at half time after dominating the first half with Keaney, O’Callaghan and Ryan lethal up front. The second half was similar with any attack that Galway would conjure; Dublin always seemed to have a response and in truth could have won by more at the final whistle. Quite the transformation for Anthony Daly’s team since Wexford let them off the hook earlier in the championship. Since then they have found belief and with it hunger and will be considered now as serious Liam McCarthy contenders. They are solid in defence playing educating ball out and in attack hold some potent sharpshooters none other than Paul Ryan who scored 2-06 and scooped man-of-the-match. Galway will be disappointed with again an over reliance on Joe Canning and lack of a plan B. They fall back into the quarter finals now and will need to re-group quickly and use this loss as a wake up call. They still look a few players short of title winners. As for the Dubs massive credit most go to the neglected brother of the footballers. They have finally stood up and shown their worth and much credit must go to Daly and co. They will fear nobody now in the All-Ireland semi and upset all the odds and go all the way. For now they will enjoy this victory and end to the barren spell. Another boost for hurling in general this summer. Continue reading

SHC: Dublin cause upset as Waterford and Wexford advance


SHC: Leinster semi-final

Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16

For the first time since 1946 the Dubs defeated Kilkenny in the Leinster senior hurling championship. Anthony Daly’s side made no mistake this week after being pegged back in the dying seconds last Sunday to force this replay. The only surprise on this day was the margin of victory, as Dublin’s scoreline would have been greater had it not been for some poor free-taking and the concession of several soft frees. Dublin, however, will not give a jot as they advance now to play Galway in the Leinster final next Sunday.

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Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

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In windy conditions on Sunday afternoon Cork outmuscled and outfought Clare to advance to the Munster Final where they will pit their wits with Limerick. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half Cork worked tirelessly to close down Clare and ensure they kept in touch going in at half time. Clare suffered an early setback with injury to star attacker John Conlon but that doesn’t excuse the fact that their forwards didn’t fire on the day. In the first half they had four goal chances and took none of them each time giving the Cork team added fuel to their tank. Credit to Cork they never let Clare settle and unsettled them with constant pressure. Cork went in at half time three points behind but knowing they had the breeze in the second and vitally came out and from the thrown-in they brought the intensity. Cork scored a few early accurate points to increase their confidence and put the wind behind their sails. Clare were now chasing the game and needed somebody or a few leaders to step forward. Alas nobody did with wasteful passing and inaccurate shooting now common in their game as Cork grew in stature. All of Cork’s forwards scored from play as did subs Coughlan and Cronin and together they worked well as a unit with debutant Seamus Harnedy very impressive at centre-forward. Continue reading

All-Ireland SHC: Dublin Advance As Galway Overcome Stubborn Laois

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aLeinster Senior Hurling Quarter Final Replay – Dublin prevail at second time of asking against 14-man Wexford

Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 

Dublin comfortably advanced to the Leinster semi-final at the expense of Wexford on Saturday evening at Parnell Park. Dublin dominated most of the game with man-of-the-match Paul Ryan helping himself to 1-09. Wexford’s case wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre back Andrew Shore as early as the 7th minute and from this moment struggled to contain Dublin who were more efficient and productive than the week previous in Wexford Park. The Dublin forwards had a better understanding and balance this week and now advance to a semi-final with kingpins Kilkenny. Although showing improvement in this game Anthony Daly will need his troops to up their game considerably again to worry the cats. For Wexford its back to the drawing board and re-group ahead of their qualifier clash with Antrim. Manager Liam Dunne will be disappointed that his side couldn’t back up last weeks impressive showing in Wexford but will start favourites to get past Antrim and hope to get their challenge back on track. Continue reading

Wexford Steal Late Draw Against The Dubs

duDublin rolled into Wexford Park last night looking for a morale-boosting win against Wexford. The Dubs have suffered a tough twelve-month spell, and really needed a win and a good performance against the Yellow Bellies, who have turned into a second-tier team in recent years. In the end, they got neither, as Wexford deservedly came out of the game with a hard-fought draw. Continue reading

Cup Finals Top Hurling Agenda

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Offaly v Kilkenny

Offaly will compete well in this game and will test the All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny. It is hard to see Kilkenny losing this encounter at this stage of the championship and they should be too strong for Offaly.

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