The galway races may be your destination for next week but Thurles is the place to be this weekend. In a double header showdown in Thurles this weekend, Cork square up to Clare with Wexford and Waterford also doing battle in the quarter finals of the All-Ireland hurling championship.
The winners of the Cork v Clare encounter will play Kilkenny in the semi-final while the winners of the other game will play Tipperary.
According to the Kilkenny people, the Cats don’t care who they meet in the next round but there is no doubt that the clash of the year would be between Cork and Kilkenny. With Kilkenny striving for a three-in-a-row and their 31st All-Ireland title, Cork are the team most likely to stop them. The task is of more urgency for Cork as they are also in line to win their 31st All-Ireland this year. Were Kilkenny to be victorious it would be the first time that they will lead Hurling’s role of honour, an achievement that every blue-blooded Cork man would fight to the death to prevent!!!
Cork successfully stopped Kilkenny from doing just that in 2004 and went on to win again in 2005, but with Kilkenny being victorious in both 2006 and 2007 the scene is set again for a showdown of epic proportions. Just Clare stand in the way of the dream semifinal.
myguideIreland will see the rivalry first hand. While being based in Cork, our webmaster Robert is a Kilkenny native. The stakes are high in Skibbereen!!!!!