Clare U21s win their third consecutive All-Ireland hurling title

Winning Clare captain Tony Kelly lifts the trophy at Semple Stadium. Photo: RTEWinning Clare captain Tony Kelly lifts the trophy at Semple Stadium. Photo: RTE

Clare U21 2-20 Wexford U21 3-11

 

Clare's U21 hurlers won their third consecutive All Ireland U21 title with a thrilling victory over Wexford  at Semple Stadium in September 2014.

 

2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly scored seven points for the Clare side, who despite conceding three second-half goals went on to win their fourth title in six seasons. 

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The Clare All Ireland Senior hurling team at a reception in Aras an Uachtarain hosted by President Michael D Higgins. PIC: Julien Behal/MAXWELLS NO FEEThe Clare All Ireland Senior hurling team at a reception in Aras an Uachtarain hosted by President Michael D Higgins. PIC: Julien Behal/MAXWELLS NO FEE

Remarks by President Michael D. Higgins at a Reception for the 2013 Clare Senior Hurling team at Áras an Uachtaráin Sunday, 23rd February 2014

Mar thús ba mhaith liom fíorchaoin fáilte a chur romhaibh chuig Áras an Uachtaráin inniu.

I am delighted to welcome you all to this reception in Áras an Uachtaráin today to honour the Clare Senior Hurling team on their fantastic achievement of winning the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2013.

 

Your victory over Cork will surely be remembered as a modern classic in All-Ireland Final history. The fact that it required a replay to decide the winners of this contest is a testament to your opponents’ skill. I feel it only right and proper at this point to disclose that I was not an impartial spectator at last year’s All Ireland Hurling finals: having spent many childhood years in Newmarket-on-Fergus, my allegiance lay firmly with the Banner County.

 

Along with millions of Irish people at home and abroad I had the privilege of witnessing this team delight and enthral lovers of our national sport in an amazing spectacle of sheer brilliance and nerve wracking excitement. What we the spectators do not see however are the early mornings and evenings over months spent in arduous training whatever the weather or the pressures of balancing work, family and sport. What drives you is love of hurling, pride in club and county and an ambition to give your best so that your team may achieve greatness.

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