Wednesday 21 March 2018

All-Ireland final diary

Patrick Cronin, Cork
Patrick Cronin, Cork
John Conlon, Clare
Colin Ryan, Clare
Seamus Harnedy, Cork
Jamie Coughlan, Cork
Tony Kelly, Clare

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.


John Spillane

(Cork singer/songwriter)

"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.

Verdict: Cork


"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



John Conlon

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.

Tony Kelly

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.

Conor Ryan

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.



Seamus Harnedy

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.

Jamie Coughlan

Age: 21 Club: Newtownshandrum

Height: 5'10" Weight: 11st 7lbs

Coughlan is skilful and highly versatile throughout the Cork attack.

Patrick Cronin

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

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