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O'Dwyer - Clare

LAST season was Clare's best since their Munster winning success of 1992. They went to a provincial final. Mick O'Dwyer, the great man, has energised the county's minute football population. Will need to develop some qualifier nous, though, with Cork likely first up.

LAST YEAR: Munster final Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13; Qualifiers 4th rd Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6

LEAGUE: 4th Div 4 (8pts)

FIRST GAME: June 16 v Cork/ Limerick, Ennis

TALISMAN: David Tubridy

ODDS: 100/1 Munster, 1000/1 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 28

STRINGING a fourth successive League was always going to be tough for the Rebels with so much of their attacking power sidelined. Colm O'Neill's absence again this summer could be terminal but at least Donncha O'Connor, Daniel Goulding and Paddy Kelly are back. Another side whose season will be determined from August on.

LAST YEAR: Munster champions Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13; All-Ireland s-final Donegal 0-16 Cork 1-11

LEAGUE: 5th Div 1 (6pts)

FIRST GAME: May 25 v Limerick, Gaelic Grounds

TALISMAN: Michael Shields

ODDS: 5/4 Munster, 6/1 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 4

IN 2006 when Kerry won an All-Ireland under Jack O'Connor, it was said that they had the best forwards in the country and seven years on, they're the same men on whom Eamon Fitzmaurice's fortunes rest.

The League proved that the next generation aren't up to that level yet, so better utilisation of the players who have failed to win an All-Ireland since 2009 is the conundrum now.

LAST YEAR: Munster s-final Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12; All-Ireland q-final Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

LEAGUE: 6th Div 1 (6pts)

FIRST GAME: May 26 v Tipperary, Killarney

TALISMAN: Colm Cooper

ODDS: 4/6f Munster, 7/2 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 3

JUST as John Galvin was making a return in Croke Park as Maurice Horan's team claimed Division 4 silverware, Ian Ryan was limping out with ankle ligament damage. Unlucky not to oust Kildare last year, another backdoor spin awaits, with Cork first up at the Gaelic Grounds.

LAST YEAR: Munster s-final Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15; Qualifiers 3rd rd Kildare 0-19 Limerick 0-12

LEAGUE: 1st Div 4 (12pts), beat Offaly in final, promoted

FIRST GAME: May 25 v Cork, Gaelic Grounds

TALISMAN: Johnny McCarthy

ODDS: 40/1 Munster, 250/1 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 20

WON four and lost three of their League matches, despite being heavily tipped for promotion beforehand. Peter Creedon is in his first full season in charge and is deemed the best man to bring through the recent spate of underage talent. A Munster opener in Killarney doesn't bode well though.

LAST YEAR: Munster q-final Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10; Qualifiers 4th rd Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

LEAGUE: 3rd Div 4 (8pts)

FIRST GAME: May 26 v Kerry, Killarney

TALISMAN: Barry Grogan

ODDS: 66/1 Munster, 250/1 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 25

UGLY though it looked, their defeat in London had mitigating circumstances: both Tomás and Maurice O'Gorman were left behind owing to injury and as it turned out, the Deise put together a comparatively decent spring. Niall Carew has adopted the ultra-defensive style now customarily applied by all first year managers.

LAST YEAR: Munster q-final Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7; Qualifiers 1st rd Wicklow 1-17 Waterford 0-15

LEAGUE: 6th Div 4 (6 pts)

FIRST GAME: June 1 v Kerry or Tipperary, Kerry/Tipperary venue TBC

TALISMAN: Gary Hurney

ODDS: 100/1 Munster, 2000/1 All-Ireland

HERALD RATING: 30


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