Number of the Day: 1932 - the last year Clare beat Cork in a senior hurling final. That came in the Munster decider – the Rebels have won four finals between the sides since then (all Munster) in 1972, '77, '78 and '99.
"I actually grew up across the road and three doors down from Jimmy Barry-Murphy in Wilton. He was five or six years older than me but we played soccer up in the field as kids.
"I was never brave enough to play hurling and I used to just stare at him in admiration. He was like a young Cuchulainn, a very charismatic man.
"It's so exciting to see two such vibrant, young teams in the final and I think Cork will win, but it'll be very tightly fought.
"I have no idea. I couldn't believe it. I didn't understand it then but maybe I am not able to understand it. As regards yellow cards, it has gone crazy, it has gone mad altogether. But if that is the way they want it, that is the way they like it."
– Kilkenny manager Brian Cody speaks on Henry Shefflin's red card in the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Cork in July.
Name the Cork players from this year's panel who have already won All-Ireland SH medals.
* See end of column for answers
Age: 24 Club: Clonlara
Height: 6'2" Weight: 14st 7lbs
Conlon will weigh in as officially the heaviest starter of the 30 on Sunday and he can use that bulk to telling effect in the middle third.
Age: 19 Club: Ballyea
Height: 6'0" Weight: 12st 4lbs
It's hard to believe that this dynamic presence and supreme talent is still a teenager. Cork will identify him as the main threat.
Age: 22 Club: Cratloe
Height: 6'2" Weight: 14st
Nominally a midfielder, Ryan has spent the last three games as Clare's centre-back. One of three Cratloe players on the team.
Age: 23 Club: St Ita's
Height: 6'1" Weight: 13st 9lbs
The find of the season for Cork, he provides an extra physical edge.
Age: 21 Club: Newtownshandrum
Height: 5'10" Weight: 11st 7lbs
Coughlan is skilful and highly versatile throughout the Cork attack.
Age: 26 Club: Bishopstown
Height: 6'3" Weight: 14st
Suffered pneumonia at the start of the campaign but has returned and is the chief target for Anthony Nash's puck-outs.
Tom Kenny, Brian Murphy