All the best pictures from an action-packed day in Thurles 8 years ago

All the best pictures from an action-packed day in Thurles

It was another great day in this year’s hurling championship with the All-Ireland champions dethroned and Clare reach a coveted semi-final.

Cork upset their highly fancied opponents in what many observers have claimed is the end of an era in the Kilkenny camp. Whether that happens only time will tell, but we have to take our hats off to one of the greatest sides we have ever seen.

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Today was one step too far and it was a particularly bad day for Henry Shefflin as he was sent off in the first-half for two bookable offences and Cork will now face the Dubs in two weeks for the right to play in the final.

The other semi-final will see Munster rivals Limerick take on Clare after the Banner men got the better of neighbours Galway in the second game at Semple Stadium today on a scoreline of 1-22 to 2-14.

Davy Fitzgerald’s men always seemed to have the better of last year’s All-Ireland finalists who struggled for long periods, though two second-half goals revived their challenge, though they could not close the gap by the end.

Here are some of the best pictures from the action in Thurles today.

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Luke O'Farrell with Tommy Walsh 28/7/2013

Tommy Walsh and Luke O'Farrell battle for the ball

Henry Shefflin recieves a second yellow card and then a red from referee Barry Kelly and is sent off 28/7/2013

Henry Shefflin receives his second yellow card

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Lorcan McLoughlin and Michael Fennelly get involved off the ball 28/7/2013

Lorcan McLoughlin and Michael Fennelly getting to know each other

Riche Power leaves the field on a stretcher 28/7/2013

A groggy Richie Power carried from the field of play

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Brian Cody congratulates Jimmy Barry Murphy after the game 28/7/2013

Two giants of the game show mutual respect

Eoin Larkin dejected at the end of the game 28/7/2013

A dejected Eoin Larkin after the final whistle

Stephen White and Conor Lehane celebrate the final whistle 28/7/2013

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Stephen White and Conor Lehane celebrate a famous victory

ara O'Briain looks on 28/7/2013

Dara O'Briain an interested spectator in Thurles

Conor Ryan with Andrew Smith 28/7/2013

Conor Ryan and Andy Smyth battle for possession

Conor McGrath celebrates scoring a goal 28/7/2013

Conor McGrath celebrates his first-half goal

Davy Fitzgerald celebrates his side's goal 28/7/2013

Davy Fitzgerald enjoys Conor McGrath's goal for the Banner

David Collins, Shane Kavanagh and Jason Grealish with John Conlon 28/7/2013

David Collins, Shane Kavanagh, Jason Grealish and John Conlon in an aerial tussle

Brian Gavin spaeks to Davy Fitzgerald 28/7/2013

Referee Brian Gavin has words with Davy Fitzgerald on the sideline

Anthony Cunningham dejected 28/7/2013

A deflated Anthony Cunnigham

Damien Hayes gives Padraic Collins a hug during the middle of the game 28/7/2013

Damien Hayes congratulates Padraic Collins after the final whistle