Promotion to Division 2, claiming silverware at Croke Park, and now in an All-Ireland quarter-final. It hasn't been a bad year at all for the Clare footballers.  

On Sunday next, they are sure to be well supported when they travel to GAA Headquarters to take on Kerry in the last eight. It's a repeat of the Munster semi-final which the Kingdom won quite comfortably by 12 points

Since then, the Banner have had victories over Laois, Sligo and Roscommon and will now feel that the wind is behind them as they strive to make amends for that defeat in Killarney on 12 June.

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Speaking on The Sunday Game, Dermot Earley said he believes Colm Collins' side should not be inhibited about facing Éamonn Fitzmaurice's side again.

"Clare have the momentum at this stage and it's their first time to reach a quarter-final," he said.

"This is a game where they can say, 'we're on the cusp of history' - it's a chance to go even further.  

"This is the opportunity for them to go to Croke Park and have a go."  

And what of Kerry?

After seeing off Clare, they then brushed aside Tipperary in the Munster decider.

According to Pat Spillane on The Sunday Game, there is very little to report about Éamonn Fitzmaurice's side at this stage.

"Kerry come into next Sunday's game with a month of a break - a period in which they've been wrapped in cotton wool in training," he revealed.  

"You don't know what's happening within, what the team is like and how they are going.

"You'd have a better chance of learning the Third Secret of Fatima than knowing what's happening inside in Kerry training."

Kerry's journey to this stage of the championship has provoked much debate. If they get over Clare this weekend, they will have played three games to get to the semi-final.  

"It is an unfair system, playing three matches against opposition who have been operating in Division 3," said Spillane.

Early added that there must be a collective will at Congress for those who want to see a new championship structure.

"There is a cry out for change and you saw it at Congress this year when there were 18 motions brought forward from various county boards for championship restructure," he outlined.

"Only three of them (motions) went to the floor at Congress and one was withdrawn.

"Carlow's proposal for a new championship structure got 40 percent of the vote which is massive.

"People are open to change. What needs to be done is to take those 18 motions and pick the best. Then we need to consult the players, managers and officials, and promote it."