*Shane Lowry. Photograph: Getty Images Minus Rory McIlroy’s presence, Shane Lowry appears to be the fan favourite for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he’s grateful to have such support.
*Niall Horan. Photograph: Getty Images Irish pop giant, Niall Horan has been confirmed to lead the stellar line-up for next week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am.
*Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly It’s been a difficult and unusual period for Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, recent heavy defeats to Tipperary and Limerick brought with it widespread criticism of them and their panel of players which management addressed in the moments following their victory over Cork.
*David Fitzgerald. Photograph: Martin Connolly Before a ball was pucked or a flake of snow fell in Cusack Park yesterday, the Clare panel expected a low scoring contest.
For the first time since 1999, Clare’s senior hurlers have qualified for back to back Munster Finals. Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15 Venue: Cusack Park Limerick suffered their most comprehensive defeat of the year at the hands of a Clare side clearly lifted from their dramatic two point win over Tipperary seven days previous. At half…