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  • 13:53
    Your favourite GAA live-blogger (that’s me, Ciaran Daly in case you need some help there) is fresh out of an Olympic haze to bring you the best hurling action in the All-Ireland series today. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock then you’ll already know we have a double header at Semple Stadium in Thurles today.
    First up Cork play Waterford and this one should be tasty. Sean Óg O’hAilpin returns to the starting line-up for Cork and Daniel Kearney will line out at midfield for the Rebels. Games between the two sides over the last number of years have been tight and tense affairs and here’s hoping for more of the same today.
    After that Kilkenny will take on Limerick where those of a nervous disposition should perhaps watch through their fingers. After their Leinster final defeat the Cats are sure to be out to prove that they are still the best team in Ireland. Limerick have been improving all summer but surely this is beyond them.
    Whatever happens, ‘stick’ (get it – hurling pun totally intended) with me for this afternoon’s coverage. It promises to be a good one.


    Cork v Waterford 2pm – Semple Stadium, Thurles
    Kilkenny v Limerick 4pm – Semple Stadium, Thurles
  • 13:56
    You can follow the Olympics live blog here if that's your bag - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/olympics2012/liveblog/0f58ae50c2
  • 13:58
    In case you haven’t heard - the draw for All-Ireland football quarter-finals was made last night. Times and venues have yet to be announced.

    Kerry v Donegal
    Kildare v Cork
    Dublin v Laois
    Down v Mayo
  • 13:59
    Conor Lehane is ill and won’t line out for Cork today. Jamie Coughlan comes into the half-forward line in his place.
  • 13:59
    We’re off!
  • 14:01
    What a start! Cork nearly had the ball in the net. Luke O’Farrell hits the crossbar in the opening seconds.
  • 14:01
    Horgan gets the opening score of the game for Cork. Cork 0-1 Waterford 0-0
  • 14:02
    John Mullane levels for the Déise. 0-1 apiece. Three minutes played.
  • 14:04
    Yesterday’s results
    GAA All-Ireland senior football championship Qualifiers

    Meath 1-12 Laois 1-15
    Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11
    Sligo 0-4 Kildare 0-13
    Clare 1-6 Kerry 2-22
  • 14:06
    As you may be able to tell from television pictures it’s raining in Thurles.
  • 14:06
    Maurice Shanahan has edged Waterford in front. 0-2 to 0-1 they lead.
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    8 mins – Cork are level. Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-2
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    Conditions are definitely making it difficult for the players. Who’d have thought it – rain in Ireland in July? Never…
  • 14:09
    Cian McCarthy over from play. Cork lead again.
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  • 14:11
    Very slippy conditions out there. There’ll be a lot of shouts of ‘The ball’s the winner’ in Semple Stadium this afternoon.
  • 14:11
    Horgan blocked by Liam Lawlor. Liam laid down the law there.
  • 14:12
    O’Farrell to Pa Cronin. Cork stretch their lead to two points. 12 minutes played.
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    13 mins – Jamie Coughlan, Conor Lehane’s replacement scores. Cork 0-5 Waterford 0-2
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    Waterford’s first attempt on goal for a few minutes sails wide.
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    15 mins - GOAL! Jamie Coughlan finds the net for Cork.
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    Coughlan broke through the middle and Waterford didn’t pick him up. Initially he appeared to lose control of the ball before gathering himself and blasting past Stephen O’Keeffe.
  • 14:17
    Maurice Shanahan hasn’t had the most assured of starts for Waterford. He’s sent a few wide already.
  • 14:18
    Daniel Kearney has begun very brightly in midfield for Cork.
  • 14:20
    20 mins – Shanahan points for Waterford. It’s Cork 1-5 Waterford 0-3
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    22 mins - Tony Browne with a huge free. Waterford 0-4 Cork 1-5
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  • 14:23
    It hasn’t really sprung into life yet but there are signs that the game is beginning to warm up.
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    Big crowd in Semple Stadium – there’ll be no photographs of lots of empty seats unlike a certain sporting event going on across the water.
  • 14:26
    ‘You never know what John Mullane is thinking on the field of play’ said no one ever.
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    Mullane is playing too far out the field surely. We all know that he plays his best hurling closer to goal.
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    Waterford have fought their way back into the game. They now only trail by a goal thanks to a decent point from Seamus Prendergast.
  • 14:30
    Point of the game – Philip Mahony take a booow as one ex-Sky Sports commentator might say.
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    30 mins – Maurice Shanahan reduces the arrears to one point. Cork 1-7 Waterford 0-9
  • 14:31
    We’re level thanks to the fantastically named Stephen Molumphy
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  • 14:32
    Pauric Mahony got Waterford’s equalising point – not Philip. I won’t let you steal Pauric’s thunder again Philip.
  • 14:33
    Got to love RTE commentary. We know Stephen Molumphy was married recently and we know his bride is ‘lovely.’ Ireland is one big parish really.
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    This could be level at half-time. A tense and tight game was predicted and so far it’s materialising. It’s Cork 1-8 Waterford 0-11
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    36 mins – Cork lead. Horgan with a free conversion. Cork 1-9 Waterford 0-11
  • 14:36
    Half-time: Cork 1-9 Waterford 0-11
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  • 14:37
    That first half flew by. Cork opened so strongly but Waterford fought their way back into the game thanks to some of John Mullane's trademark passion. The second half should be interesting.
  • 14:41
    If you nickname your son Pa he’s definitely going be a hurler
  • 14:43
    To be fair to Mullane, he’s definitely more dangerous closer to goal but Daniel Kearney was dominating in midfield for Cork until Mullane moved out.
  • 14:44
    John Mullane - Do you reckon he's happy here?
    John Mullane - Do you reckon he's happy here?
  • 14:51
    Anyone care to proffer a prediction for the second half then? Both Cork and Waterford have only ever lost one quarter-final.
  • 14:52
    We’ve re-started.
  • 14:52
    Darren Sweetnam is on for Daniel Kearney who had been booked for Cork in the first half.
  • 14:54
    Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash is trying his luck from a free but it drops short.
  • 14:55
    Cian McCarthy puts his effort over…at least according to the umpires. It wasn’t a call I would have wanted to make.
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    Shane Walsh with a fine point. What is the protocol for the pronunciation of his surname? When does Walsh officially sound like Welsh? Cork 1-10 Waterford 0-12
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    Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh has the exact same surname as Shane Walsh - different pronunciation. Seriously, what’s the deal?
  • 14:59
    Waterford should tie things up here.
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    Eoin McGrath is on in place of Thomas Ryan for Waterford
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    43 mins – Shanahan makes no mistake with his free. We were level until Patrick Horgan edged Cork in front again. Cork 1-11 Waterford 0-13
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    Cork sub: Cathal Naughton on for Niall McCarthy
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    Maurice Shanahan scores his seventh point to tie things up. Cork 1-11 Waterford 0-14
  • 15:05
    It’s easier to score a 65 in hurling than it is a 45 in football. Fact?
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    Waterford now lead and you’d have to say they deserve to.
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    Michael Walsh? Michael Walsh??? Who is Michael Walsh? Oh, they must mean ‘Brick’ Walsh. Think it’s the first time he’s actually been referred to by his actual name.
  • 15:09
    Pauric Mahony picked up a loose ball and points. This is the vital stage of this game. Yes, I did just state the obvious there. Waterford 0-16 Cork 1-12
  • 15:12
    Waterford now lead by two. It’s Waterford 0-17 Cork 1-12
  • 15:12
    You wouldn’t want to be paying a licence fee this weekend if you’re not a sports fan, would you? As a sports fan though, I’m delirious and this is a great game.
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    John Mullane (who else) has put Waterford three points in front. 15 minutes to go.
  • 15:14
    Shane Casey has replaced the injured Shane Walsh.
  • 15:15
    Mullane pulls one wide. He’s rubbish isn’t he? He’ll never make it as a hurler that boy.
  • 15:17
    Lorcán McLaughlin is on in place of Cian McCarthy. That’s Cork’s fifth sub.
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    Stephen O’Keeffe with a superb catch under pressure. A man of a more nervous disposition might have spilled that. Not O’Keeffe.
  • 15:19
    The Waterford half-back line are dominating the Cork half-forward line. That’s probably why the half-forwards who began the game for Cork have all been subbed.
  • 15:21
    Free-in for Cork. They’ve been bettered for most of the second half and yet if they take this point there’ll only be one point between the sides. Ominous for Waterford.
  • 15:21
    Just six minutes plus injury time left.
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  • 15:22
    The force is strong with you Luke – Luke O’Farrell draws Cork level. It’s Cork 1-15 Waterford 0-18
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    From looking like a beaten side only five minutes ago Cork must be favourites to win now.
  • 15:23
    The Rebels are leading.
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    Cork are now two points in front. No way back for Waterford….or is there?
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    To be fair to Jimmy Barry-Murphy his substitutions have made all the difference.
  • 15:25
    Maurice Shanahan reduces it to the minimum. Two minutes left to go.
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    Sean Óg O’hAilpín scores a point for Cork. What a comeback for him! Cork 1-18 Waterford 0-19
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    Two minutes of added time to be played. Waterford, you have 120 seconds.
  • 15:28
    Lorcán McLaughlin wins a free for Cork which Horgan converts. Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
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    Waterford have a 65 but Mullane is not happy (ie raging) because he was pulled down off the ball.
  • 15:30
    Waterford hit the post but it’s cleared!
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    It’s over! What a finish. Cork win. Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
  • 15:30
    Munster hurling never fails to produce the goods does it?
  • 15:32
    Jimmy Barry-Murphy didn’t think Cork played particularly well. With 11 minutes to play Cork trailed by three. They turned a three point deficit into a three point victory.
  • 15:33
    Provided Kilkenny beat Limerick in the second half of this double header at Thurles then Cork will play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.
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    It was pedestrian to begin with but that was a pulsating finish to a fantastic game. Congratulations Cork. Commiserations Waterford.
  • 15:39
    Don’t go anywhere – we’ve still got Kilkenny and Limerick to come. Limerick impressed against Clare but Kilkenny have a point to prove. You’d have to worry for Limerick.
  • 15:40
    Anyone else think it’s strange that Limerick hadn’t even arrived at Semple Stadium an hour ago?
  • 15:46
    Galway’s Leinster final performance was outstanding. I imagine that Kilkenny will see it as a stand-alone blip. If anything it will only have made Kilkenny more determined to take the McCarthy Cup back home.
  • 15:52
    Jamie Coughlan's goal proved to be decisive
    Jamie Coughlan's goal proved to be decisive
  • 15:56
    Here’s how they’re lining out.
    LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P O’Brien; S Dowling, D Breen, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, N Morgan, S Tobin
    KILKENNY: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrell; T Walsh, K Joyce, R Doyle; M Fennelly, M Rice; E Larkin, R Power, H Shefflin; C Fennelly, R Hogan, A Fogarty
  • 15:59
    This rendition of the National Anthem was brought to you from the 1940s.
  • 16:00
    Kilkenny have never won the All-Ireland through the back door…..until this year that is, right?
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    Free in for Limerick. They’re going to win. Limerick lead 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0
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    Limerick’s retro style jersey is cool.
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    GAA live-blogger and a fashionista – what more could you ask for?
  • 16:03
    Henry Shefflin levels with a point from play.
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    4 mins – Rumours of Henry Shefflin’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Kilkenny 0-2 Limerick 0-1
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    7 mins - Niall Moran with a fantastic block. He then gathered and pointed. Limerick 0-2 Kilkenny 0-2
  • 16:08
    Kilkenny hit the crossbar.
  • 16:09
    A point that had initially been given by the umpires has been ruled out after the referee consulted his linesman.
  • 16:10
    In truth Richie Power shouldn’t have missed it. You’d have to think Henry Shefflin will now be on free-taking duties.
  • 16:11
    10 minutes gone and there hasn’t been a real flow to the game.
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    Kilkenny are making mistakes.
  • 16:12
    GOAL! David Breen scores a goal for Limerick. Limerick lead 1-2 Kilkenny 0-2
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    13 mins - Oh Limerick, you’ve made Kilkenny angry. You won’t like them when they’re angry. Limerick 1-2 Kilkenny 0-3
  • 16:15
    Brian Cody doesn’t look best pleased with this start. There are 20 minutes for Kilkenny to change the shape of this game before they have to face his wrath.
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    GOAL! Kilkenny. Shefflin finished after Quaid blocked Kilkenny’s first effort
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    There were actually rumours that Henry Shefflin wasn’t fully fit before the start of the game. He’s on fire  and we’re only 17 minutes in. Totally out of shape eh?
  • 16:19
    Limerick have rallied and deserve their lead. This cynic right here thought they might capitulate after conceding that goal.
  • 16:19
    19 mins – GOAL – Shefflin.
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    That came out of nowhere. Shefflin lobbed the ball into the net. It’s Kilkenny 2-3 Limerick 1-5
  • 16:21
    Fennelly did all of the running for Shefflin’s goal but his finish was sublime. Could have hammered it but had the confidence to float it over Quaid in the Limerick goal.
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    23 mins- Kilkenny 2-4 Limerick 1-5
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    The rhythm of the game is now being disrupted by fouls. What is this – Ulster football?
  • 16:24
    Limerick reduce the gap to one.
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    Richie Power stormed through the heart of the Limerick defence and only a last-ditch block prevented a third Kilkenny goal. There could be a glut of goals here this afternoon.
  • 16:27
    The match hasn’t yet found its rhythm. No real flow.
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    Graham Mulcahy point. We’re level.
  • 16:31
    Kilkenny are really struggling to put a performance together. Credit to Limerick.
  • 16:32
    Tommy Walsh missed a few minutes ago. He’s not so wasteful.
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    There are signs that Kilkenny are steadying the ship in the last two minutes or so but methinks they’ll still be getting an earful at half-time
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    Shane Dowling makes it Limerick 1-8 Kilkenny 2-6
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    The umpires aren’t going to be too popular with the Kilkenny players. First of all David Herity is penalised for stepping over the line with his puck out and then when it looked like he prevented a score from going over the umpire indicated that the ball had in fact crossed the bar. It’s Kilkenny 2-7 Limerick 1-9
  • 16:38
    Wayne McNamara floored Richie Power with what was a fair shoulder there. Go hard or go home eh?
  • 16:39
    Richie Power has to go off. He looks concussed. TJ Reid isn’t a bad sub to bring on.
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    Half-time: Kilkenny 2-7 Limerick 1-9
  • 16:41
    That was not what I expected from the first half. Limerick only trail by one point and you couldn’t have argued had they gone in level. Kilkenny are certainly under pressure and imagine they were without Henry Shefflin. Any Cats out there worried?
  • 16:45
    38,116 is the attendance at Semple Stadium today. Not many empty seats in Tipperary. Some IOC officials should take note.
  • 16:45
    It may not be the finest quality hurling but it’s certainly intriguing.
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  • 16:51
    Have Kilkenny really lost their air of invincibility after the Leinster final?
  • 16:55
    One thing’s for sure - no one is looking forward to the end of this match more than referee Michael Wadding. He looks seriously out of puff.
  • 16:55
    We’re back
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    Seamus Hickey comes on for the injured Tom Condon
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    38 mins - Eoin Larkin points for Kilkenny. Kilkenny 2-8 Limerick 1-9
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    Shefflin has been penalised twice in quick succession by the referee. Limerick celebrate the decisions like they are goals.
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    David ‘Super-human’ Breen is doing well for Limerick
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    Seanie Tobin draws Limerick level.
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    Fogarty points but Shefflin fouled in the build-up. Kilkenny lucky enough there. Wonder which one of their nine lives the Cats are on at this stage?
  • 17:04
    King Henry misses. Could the Cats be de-throned?
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    Shefflin had a chance for his hat-trick. Saved by Quaid and the danger is cleared. Limerick are still in touch even if Kilkenny appear to be cranking up through the gears. Clichés – you’ve got to love them.
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    It really was a fantastic save from Quaid.
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    49 mins – Kilkenny 2-11 Limerick 1-11
  • 17:10
    Donal O’Grady sees the game’s first yellow card. It was more for his remonstrations than for the foul.
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    Kilkenny’s defence is performing a lot better and now TJ Reid is beginning to find space. Fogarty finishes a decent move with a point.
  • 17:13
    GOAL! Fogarty with the finish.
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    Limerick were trying to be too clever with the puck-out. Kilkenny intercepted and Fogarty found himself in acres of space and he picked his spot with clinical precision.
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    GOAL! Colin Fennelly this time. Kilkenny 4-13 Limerick 1-11
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    Fennelly’s finish was emphatic. Kilkenny are finding space now where there was none in the first half. Every time they attack they look like they might score a goal.
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    Richie Hogan should walk. He clearly took a swipe at his opponent there.
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    And he deservedly gets his marching orders!
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    Silly stuff from Hogan.
  • 17:18
    Kilkenny are mopping up everything that comes near their full-back line.
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    58 mins – Kilkenny 4-13 Limerick 1-13
  • 17:19
    Limerick sub:  Paul Browne on for Shane Dowling
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    Limerick are eight points down but a man up with nine minutes to play.
  • 17:22
    Seanie Tobin hits a wide. Limerick can’t afford to do that.
  • 17:23
    Tommy Quaid is on for Seanie Tobin. Limerick are going to need goals at this stage.
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    Limerick trail by seven and there are only three minutes left.
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    Shefflin points again. Kilkenny are going through, albeit unimpressively.
  • 17:31
    Kilkenny have killed the game off to be fair to them. Limerick just ran out of steam and ideas.
  • 17:32
    Shefflin’s personal tally is 2-6 today
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  • 17:33
    Full-time: Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16
  • 17:35
    So that’s that then. The All-Ireland hurling semi-finals look like this

    Galway v Cork – August 12th
    Tipperary v Kilkenny – August 19th
  • 17:41
    So Kilkenny progress after a 12 minute purple patch in the second half killed off the limerick challenge. It was enough to see them prevail over a spirited Limerick side.
    Earlier Cork overcame Waterford in a thriller. Waterford held a three point lead with 11 minutes to play but Cork prevailed in the dying stages to win by a goal.
    All in all it means two evenly contested semi-finals with Cork taking on giant-killers Galway while Tipperary and Kilkenny will face off on August 19th.  There’ll be more GAA action next weekend. You know the drill by now. See you next week. 
    Results

    Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16
    Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
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