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Magnificent Clare trounce Kilkenny

Clare 2-19 Kilkenny 0-12 What a difference a week makes. Those of us, and there were quite a few, who feared the worst on Sunday after witnessing the disappointing seven point loss to Cork in the opening round a week earlier were treated to a thrilling performance which resulted in a thirteen point win over Kilkenny at Cusack park this afternoon. Its a result that few could have forseen but it was fully merited. Unlike the opening round eight days earlier, Clare’s hunger for victory was a key ingredient in this win. They dictated matters from the throw in and they had hit Kilkenny for 1-3 without reply after just four minutes. The gap was seven points inClare’s favour at the end of the first quarter and its fair to say that Kilkenny never looked like they might get back into contention. The half backs who had been in great difficulty against Cork, excelled this afternoon. Indeed, the entire defence …

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Hurling team shows three changes in personnell

The Clare team to play Kilkenny in round 2 of the Allianz hurling league on Sunday shows three changes in personnell and some positional switches from the side which lost to Cork in last week’s opening round. Ballyea du0 Tony Kelly and Jack Browne are now available due to their club’s preparations for the upcoming All-Ireland final while Shane Golden has been omitted. Into the starting line up come Oisin O’Brien at corner back, David Fitzgerald at midfield and Aaron Cunningham at wing forward. David Reidy switches to midfield while John Conlon moves to full forward. All-Ireland wining captain from 2013, Pat Donnellan, is named amongst the substitutes having missed all of last season due to a cruciate knee injury. Sunday’s game at Cusack Park will throw in at 2p.m The team, which will be captained by Cian Dillon from full back,  is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Cian Dillon (Crusheen),  Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown …

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O’Gorman cup gets underway

The tenth annual O’Gorman cup senior football tournament will get underway on Saturday next, February 25. Ten teams will take part and they are divided into two groups of five which means that all participants will have a minimum of four games. The competition will be played on a home and away basis with the final going ahead in Doonbeg as Doonbeg GAA host the tournament. In group 1 next week St. Josephs (Doora-Barefield) will entertain Cooraclare and Ennistymon will have home advantage against Miltown with O’Currys having a bye. In group 2.St. Breckans will play Kilrush and Kilmihil will entertain competition title holders Lissycasey while Doonbeg have a bye. Current members of the Clare senior football panel cannot play in this competition Round 2 is set for March 4.

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First half goals key to footballers defeat of Down

Clare 2-11 Down 0-11 THE key to Clare’s six point defeat of Down in Cusack Park on Sunday, was David Tubridy’s injury time goal just before half-time. The Doonbeg man put away Clare’s second goal, seconds after he had pointed a clear goal scoring chance. Keelan Sexton scored Clare’s first goal in the second minute after Tubridy had cut in along the end line, easing beyond Down defenders Gerard McGovern and Niall Donnelly. Come half time Clare led 2-7 to 0-3 and while that 10 point lead was emphatic, they could have led by much more. Clare kicked eight wides in the first half, along with missing at least two clear goal opportunities. The game was played in bitterly cold conditions in Ennis in front of an attendance of 1,749. Clare’s opening 20 minutes was their most impressive spell with their tackling and tracking exceptional, even if their shooting did not match that at times. They withdrew their captain Gary …

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Clare fail to match Cork’s sharpness

Cork 0-21 Clare 1-11 A sharper Cork proved too strong for Clare in the opening round of the National hurling league at Pairc Ui Rinn this evening The home side dominated in the key areas throughout and led by two at the break, 0-8 to 1-3, Clare’s goal coming just before the break, against the run of play, from Podge Collins.. They had an excellent chance to hit the front in the opening minute of the second half when a foul o nn Podge Collins resulted in a penalty. Tony Kelly’s effort was saved by Anthony Nash who saved the follow up effort from Aron Shanagher. Clare created a couple of goal chances in the second half but failed to capitalise on any of them Tony Kelly landed six second half points from play but Cork dominated the key positions in a tie which saw Clare without services of Colm Galvin who, it is understood, is omitted from the panel …

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125 years of golf at Lahinch

LAHINCH is celebrating 125 years of golf this year and the club council has approved an additional calendar of events to celebrate this special milestone. The 125th celebratory events will run in conjunction with the fixtures card. Lahinch Golf Club was founded on Good Friday, April 15, 1892 and to commence the celebrations, the normal timescale for events over the Easter weekend have been changed. The AGM for both the men’s and ladies’ clubs will take place at 1.30pm, followed by the club AGM at 3pm. These changes are to facilitate the unveiling of a bronze plaque at the Post Office, Main Street, Lahinch, the original site of Sharry’s Hotel where the club was founded, followed by the captains’ drive-in. On Easter Sunday, the 125 History Book will be launched in the clubhouse. During the year, the club will host a number of associations, including the Irish Golf Tour Operators in April and the Irish Golf Writers Association, who are …

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Clare interest in Fitzgibbon Cup

ALMOST 20 Clare hurlers will be involved in quarter-final action in the Fitzgibbon Cup next week, following results in Round 3 on Tuesday. Limerick’s three third-level institutions have all qualified for the knock-out stage of the competition. Title holders Mary Immaculate College drew with IT Carlow (0-18 each), with Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), Colm Galvin (Clonlara) and Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley) in their first 15. Hosts of this year’s finals weekend, NUI Galway also drew on Tuesday when they played Cork IT. The game ended at 0-19 each and Clare players in the Galway line-up were Conor Cleary (Miltown, St Joseph’s), who is the captain, and Oisín Donnellan (Feakle). Sixmilebridge’s Barry Fitzpatrick missed the game due to a hand injury. The Davy Fitzgerald-managed Limerick IT recorded another victory when they were 5-14 to 3-13 winners over Waterford IT. Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle), Cian Nolan (Smith O’Brien’s), Ciarán Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), David Reidy (Éire Óg), Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge) and Peter Duggan …

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Twenty eight teams chase U-21 hurling honours

Twenty eight teams will compete for the under 21  hurling titles (A, B and C) in 2017 and the draws which were made at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey this evening have thrown up some interesting pairings. Inagh-Kilnamona, defending champions in the A division will face Wolfe Tones in a quarter final tie. The full draw is; Under 21 A; 1-Feakle-Killanena v Kilmaley; 2 Clonlara v Eire Og; 3-Sixmilebridge v Newmarket; 4-Inagh-Kilnamona v Wolfe Tones; Semi-finals 4 v 3 and 2 v 1 Under 21 B; Preliminary rounds; A; Crusheen-Tubber v Cratloe; B-Clarecastle v Broadford; C; Scariff-Ogonnelloe v Smith O’Briens. Quarter finals; D; St.Josephs v C; E; Ballyea v O’C. Mills; F; Clooney-Quin v B; G; Tulla v A; Semi-finals; F v G and D v E; Under 21 C; Preliminaary round; A; Kilmaley v Whitegate; Quarter finals; B; Ennistymon v Scariff; C; Eire og v Corofin; D; Parteen-Meelick v Ruan; F; A v Bodyke Semi-finals ; E v C …

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Clare name new hurling captain

Tubber’s Pat O’Connor is the new Clare senior hurling captain but he won’t have an opportunity to lead the team into action until later in the season due to injury . The team vice captain is Tony Kelly who will lead the team against Cork Two members of the Ballyea team which has reached the All-Ireland final have been named in the Clare team which will begin the defence of the National league title at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening. Jack Browne is named at corner back with Tony Kelly at midfield in a side which includes debutant Cathal Malone at wing forward. The team named for duty is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley), Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge); Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge); Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Captain; John Conlon (Clonlara), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), David Reidy (Éire Óg) Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg) By …

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Wolfe Tones face the champions in hurling and football

Wolfe Tones will face the reigning champions in the first round of both the Clare senior hurling and football championships in 2017. The Shannon club’s name was last out of the drum in both draws which were made at the February meeting of Clare GAA tonight. The footballers will face Kilmurry-Ibrickane while the hurlers will take on All-Ireland finalists Ballyea. Delegates rejected the masters fixtures proposal to have the first round of the football championship on the first weekend in May opting instead for a June 10/11 or June 17/18 date. The first round of the hurling championship will go ahead on the weekend of May 13/14. The draw for the under 21 hurling championship will take place on this Thursday night at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey after a number of clubs asked to put their case to the CCC as to why they should be in a lower grade. The following draws were made Senior Hurling;  Miltown v …

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