Monday 21 August 2017

Clare hurlers break curse with two All-Ireland titles

Clare 1995
Clare 1995

Sport has a funny way at times of assessing achievement. And so instead of marvelling at the heavy hand of history which Ger Loughnane and his band of warriors cast aside to win two All-Ireland titles in 1995 and 97 - and ending a famine stretching back to 1914 during which Clare hurling had been the butt end of too many jokes - the statement is often made, they should have won at least one more.

How cruel. Look at the barriers that had to be overcome to make that historic breakthrough 20 years ago, at the way in which Ger Loughnane set about moulding a team to do what it did, and at the way most of the country cheered with them, and for them.

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