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Captain O’Connor cherishes first round championship win

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*Patrick O’Connor holds off Tom Devine in the 2018 Munster championship. PHOTO: Martin Connolly In anticipation for Clare’s Munster SHC opener with Waterford, little adaptations were made to their training routine such as the layout of Cusack Park to properly prepare for the environment that would exist at Walsh Park.

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Tuohy treating every match ‘like a Munster Final’

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*Donal Tuohy. Photograph: Martin Connolly In the ten years that he has been on the Clare senior hurling panel, Donal Tuohy has noted a change in his contribution to the squad and how the importance of puckouts has escalated, this Sunday he is hoping glory away days in Waterford will be repeated as the Munster…

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One Clare change as Deasy replaces Conlon

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*Niall Deasy & Michael Breen. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare have made one change from the side which survived a Wexford comeback last weekend for Sunday’s final round of the Allianz NHL against Limerick. Ballyea’s Niall Deasy comes into the side in place of John Conlon. Despite management expressing confidence in the aftermath of Sunday’s three…

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Moloney still unhappy with Clare’s concession of frees

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*Gerry O’Connor, Gavin Keary & Donal Moloney. Photograph: Martin Connolly After the fourth round of games in the 2019 National Hurling League, Clare sit second from bottom in Division 1A, their concession of frees has been a problem throughout and Joint Manager Donal Moloney remains unhappy with it. Of the 5-80 conceded by the Banner…

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O’Connor thought Clare had secured the win

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There were ups and downs a plenty in Clare and Galway’s drawn All-Ireland SHC semi-final, the Tribesmen started the better but it looked like the Banner were rising at the right time and their captain Patrick O’Connor thought they had the game. Tubber’s O’Connor felt Aron Shanagher’s goal was going to be the turning point…

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O’Connor & Clare craving return to Croke Park

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A return to Croke Park is one Patrick O’Connor and his Clare teammates have been “craving”. “We’ve been craving getting back to Croke Park and we’ve come up short on a number of occasions and we’re back there now. Wexford were always going to get their purple patch on it, how we reacted would tell…

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Clare unchanged for Wexford quarter-final

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Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have opted against change, naming the same side from the defeated Munster Final for Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final.  However there is one noticeable change to the panel with former captain, Cian Dillon included in the matchday twenty six. There have been calls for the Crusheen to be reinstated to the…

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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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Clare qualify for Munster Final for second year in a row

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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…

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Tipp win showed Clare’s character

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Sunday’s two point win over Tipperary is going to “make a huge psychological difference to these players” according to Clare joint manager Gerry O’Connor. A native of Killanena, Gerry revealed that he and Donal Moloney felt that it could have been the end of the line for their tenure had Tipperary finished their Munster championship…

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