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Finn & Limerick prevail in latest chapter of ‘huge rivalry’ with Clare

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*Sean Finn competes with Aron Shanagher. Photograph: Martin Connolly 2018 was an unforgettable year for Limerick as they became All-Ireland senior hurling champions for the first time since 1973, one glitch remained in a dream campaign, that being their eleven point June defeat to Clare.

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‘Difficult week & a difficult day’ – Donal Moloney

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*Clare Joint Manager, Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly Back to back defeats and not just that but successive drubbings for the Clare senior hurlers as it all comes down to next weekend and needing a win over Cork plus Limerick to draw with or beat Tipperary, for joint manager Donal Moloney lifting the spirits of…

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Cleary returns to Clare team as Kiely drops Morrissey

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*Conor Cleary attempts to block Cian Lynch. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare have made just one change to their starting team from that which suffered a thirteen point defeat to Tipperary on Sunday, Limerick have also made one alteration to their lineup.

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Darach Honan: Clare gave up after Callanan’s goal

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*Seamus Callanan reacts quickest and buries the ball in the Clare goal despite Patrick O’Connor’s attempts. Photograph: Martin Connolly The Clare Echo’s Darach Honan reflects on Clare’s thirteen point defeat to Tipperary and looks at possible changes for Sunday’s must-win tie against Limerick.

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Darach Honan: Improvement essential from Clare backs to contain Tipp attack

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*Clare’s defence deal with a Tipperary attack in the 2018 Munster SHC. Photograph: Gary Collins Both Clare and Tipperary are unbeaten so far in this year’s Munster SHC, for one that will change on Sunday according to The Clare Echo columnist Darach Honan.

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Galvin back in training as Clare get ready for visit of Tipperary

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*Ian Galvin. Photograph: Martin Connolly Ian Galvin has returned to contact training giving joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor an extra option in attack for Sunday’s Munster senior hurling championship tie with Tipperary in Cusack Park.

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‘There are no more excuses’ for Clare players and management

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*Tony Kelly’s shot is blocked by Kieran Bennett during their Munster League meeting in January. Photograph: Martin Connolly Their League quarter-final defeat to Waterford in Walsh Park was the warm-up and Sunday is the real deal as Clare aim to get their Munster senior hurling championship campaign off to a winning start.

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‘If you had children you would want them to be like those lads’

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On Sunday, Patrick O’Connor will aim to become the first Clareman since Anthony Daly to lead his county to a Munster senior hurling championship, the prestige of being captain is not lost on the corner back. In June, the Banner side that won back to back League titles in 1977 and 1978 were honoured with…

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Criticism of ‘soft’ 2013 All-Ireland didn’t annoy Podge

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In 2013 when Clare stormed to only their fourth All-Ireland senior hurling title, the electricity generated by corner forward Podge Collins was one of the many ways in which they lit up the hurling world. This year has been a challenging one for the Cratloe attacker, he’s had to adjust to making his impact from…

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Conlon & Clare pride themselves on workrate

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John Conlon has been Clare’s star man as they secured their passage to a second Munster final in as many years and the leading light is loving his hurling. “It’s been a fantastic Munster championship, it’s been really enjoyable to play, I think everyone has loved it. It’s enjoyable, it’s been fun, it’s been a…

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