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So near yet so far: Jack O’Connor scores a goal for Cork in extra-time during last year’s victory over Kilkenny.

So near yet so far: Jack O’Connor scores a goal for Cork in extra-time during last year’s victory over Kilkenny.

Mikey Butler has been the standout performer for Kilkenny this season. Photo: Sportsfile

Mikey Butler has been the standout performer for Kilkenny this season. Photo: Sportsfile

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So near yet so far: Jack O’Connor scores a goal for Cork in extra-time during last year’s victory over Kilkenny.

Right now, as that forgettable Leinster hurling final recedes from view and their All-Ireland semi-final against Clare takes centre stage, everyone waits and wonders about Kilkenny’s place in the pecking order.

Genuine contenders or fickle pretenders? Brian Cody’s semi-final overlords of old or the vulnerable version that has lost two on the spin?


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