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Things were never so good for Clara, but it was refined celebrations in Castlecomer because the big fish they want to land is still in open water.

Things were never so good for Clara, but it was refined celebrations in Castlecomer because the big fish they want to land is still in open water.

The unbroken run of silverware pocketed by All-Ireland club intermediate champions, Clara, within the last 12 months includes the Kilkenny league and championship titles; the Leinster and All-Ireland crowns and now the senior hurling league.

Throw in wins over championship kings, Ballyhale Shamrocks and now another one of the big hitters, James Stephens in the league final and you could say there was plenty to get excited about. Yes, and no!

“It was nice to win, but there are more important days ahead,” was the no frills comment from Clara