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19 signs that you're a Clare hurling fan

Hon the Banner!

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Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

FOR THE WEEKEND that’s in it, we salute the fans of the Clare hurlers.

Here’s 19 signs to recognise the Banner faithful…

19. You’ve heard tales from men who fear to speak of the Munster finals of ’77 and ’78

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18. You’d rather not talk about 1993, Tipperary, Nicky English and THAT point

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17. After that Limerick defeat in 1994, you began to suspect that Biddy Early curse did indeed exist

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16. But  you remember the glory 12 months later, when the curse was finally lifted

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Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan

15. You know Eamonn Taaffe is entitled to a pint in every parish in the county after that goal in 1995

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14. You still get emotional listening to Dalo’s speech about ‘whipping boys’ in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 1997

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13. This picture from 1998 will always make you wonder what might have been

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12. And of course you know everyone was against Clare that year

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11. You regard these lads as the ‘three wise men’

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Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan

10. You’d rather not talk about that Munster U21 final against Tipperary in Ennis in 2008

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Pic: INPHO/John Kelly

9. You know there are youngsters in Clare who will never fear Kilkenny after recent All-Ireland U21 finals

2009

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Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

2012

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

8. There have been tough senior days to endure since 1997

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Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

7. But 2013 has helped restore your faith

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Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

6. You have enjoyed the banter with Limerick lads you know since that game on August 12th

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5. You reckon Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney are surely the greatest U21 hurling managers of all time by now

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4. Before this summer you regarded Jamesie’s strike as the greatest point scored in Croke Park

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3. But you’re not so sure now after Podge Collins did this a few weeks ago

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2. You always knew Domhnall O’Donovan would get on the scoresheet some day

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Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

1. And you can’t wait to see this man’s celebration if ye win on Saturday

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Clare fans, have we missed any? Let us know in the comments section below.

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