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Avenue United claim youths cup title

Avenue United 5 St. Pats 2 Avenue United were crowned Clare youths cup soccer champions at Frank Healy park this Friday evening when they recorded a 5-2 victory over St. Pats The win completed a particularly successful week for Gavin Cooney who scored two goals for the winners on his way to picking up the man of the match award just forty eight hours after helping the Clare minor footballers qualify for the Provincial semi-final when he was their top scorer with a haul of 0-5 in their win over Tipperary. Cooney’s involvement in this evenings cup final surprised St.Pats followers as they lined out without four members of the Clare minor football squad who are part of their panel. The minor footballers trained on Friday evening. The game was forty minutes old before the opening goal was registered and it was St. Pats who took the lead when Danny Clancy drilled the ball low to the corner of the …

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Gavin Cooney (left) scored five points for Clare.

Clare minor footballers into Munster semi-final

Clare 0-10 Tipperary 0-5 Clare may have progressed to the semi-final of the Munster Minor Football Championship at Cusack Park on Wednesday evening but anyone from Limerick watching the game would not have been too frightened by what they saw. Clare will meet the Shannonsiders in the semi-final on Wednesday, May 10 at the Gaelic Grounds at 7pm. Cork will play Kerry in the other semi-final at Pairc Uí Rinn on the same evening. That Clare deserved their victory over Tipperary is not in question but it was a poor contest, riddled with 46 frees, while the Banner men did not get a score from play until the 40th minute. Clare dominated the exchanges but they struggled to turn this into scores. Full-forward Gavin Cooney was the game’s top scorer with 0-5, three from play in the second half. Indeed, the Éire Óg clubman was the county’s only scorer from play. Clare hit the front in the opening minute when …

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Junior hurling and football draws

The draws for the junior B and C hurling championships and the junior B football championship were made at a meeting of Clare GAA in Clareabbey this Tuesday evening. Fifteen teams will compete for the B hurling title and they have been divided into four groups, three of four and one of three, from which the top two in each will go on to contest the quarter finals. Eight teams will compete for the junior B football title and they are divided into two groups of four. The junior C hurling championship is a knock out competition in which there will be nine teams. The details are Junior B football; Group 1;–Shannon Gaels, Coolmeen, Clarecastle, Kilmihil Group 2; Doonbeg, St. Breckans, Clonbony, Banner Junior B hurling Group 1; Tulla, Eire Og, St. Josephs, Whitegate; Group 2; Feakle, Smith O’Briens, Tubber, Sixmilebridge; Group 3; Inagh-Kilnamona, Parteen, Newmarket, Scariff; Group 4; Kilmaley, Wolfe Tones, Clarecastle Junior C hurling Preliminary round; A-St. Josephs …

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O’Callaghans Mills end a 23 year wait

O’Callaghans Mills 2-16 Clarecastle 1-9 O’Callaghans Mills bridged a twenty three year gap to their last title win in the under 21 B hurling championship when they scored a comprehensive win over hot favourites Clarecastle at Dr. Daly Park in Tulla this Sunday evening. In a game in which they were never behind, the Mills led by double scores, 0-8 to 0-4, at the interval. The sides traded points four times before the end of the third quarter before the winners got as massive boost when Gary Cooney struck for the game’s first goal, a score that put eight points between the sides, 1-13 to 0-8. Three minutes later, with just ten minutes to play, Clarecastle’s hopes of rallying were dealt a further blow when they were reduced to fourteen men as Owen O’Hara was shown a straight red card. The magpies battled to the end but the Mills had added a further 1-3 to their tally before Clarecastle goaled …

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Clare’s wait for All-Ireland honours goes on

Galway 4-14 Clare 0-6 Clare’s wait for an All-Ireland minor camogie title goes on. Their latest final defeat, their fourth in ten years, came at the hands of Galway at McDonagh park in Nenagh on this Saturday afternoon and while the final scoreline is somewhat harsh on Clare, there is no denying the merit of Galway’s win. In capturing the title, Galway repeated their success of 2010 when they also proved too strong for Clare, in a replay on that occasion. From an early stage in today’s final, Galway looked the stronger side but there was nothing to suggest throughout the opening half that the final scoreline would be as one sided. There was only one team in this tie in the second half when Galway dictated matters throughout and, indeed, were it not for goalkeeper Ciara McCarthy who made a number of impressive saves, Clare’s defeat would surely have been much heavier. Galway attacked from the throw in and …

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Hillclimb in Ballyvaughan

The Galway Motor Club will host its annual hillclimb in Ballyvaughan this Saturday and Sunday. The event will form the opening two rounds of the Naylor Engineering National Hillclimb and Sprint Championship 2017. This year’s championship takes place over seven weekends, 14 rounds taking in some of the most scenic parts of Clare, Carlow, Wexford, Limerick, Waterford and Donegal. The organisers welcome back M Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd as title sponsors of this year’s event, which will have its headquarters at Monks Pub, Ballyvaughan. Competitors will start arrive on Friday afternoon for an optional scrutiny, which will take place in Mooney’s Emo service station between 6pm and 8pm, where everybody is invited to view the cars and speak with the drivers. On Saturday morning, the drivers will head to the world-famous Corkscrew Hill. The 1.5km ribbon of tarmac winds its way up the famous hairpin section before opening out to a fast sweeping road. This provides a huge challenge for all the competitors! Sunday heads out the coast …

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A big day for Banner camogie

THE fact that Clare beat Galway in the opening round of the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship back in February will “count for nothing” when they face each other in Saturday’s All-Ireland final, according to manager Dervilla Moloney. Speaking to The Clare Champion, after watching her charges complete a training session, she stressed “that win means nothing now”. “Both sides are going into the final with a clean sheet and what happens on Saturday is what it is all about.” She confirmed there is a clear bill of health and “all are raring to go and ready for action”. “It’s a big day for Clare camogie and we are hoping that there will be a big crowd to support the team. The girls deserve it. They are a group with great skill and great movement on the field. They are fine hurlers. This is the one that will count, the one that has led to all the hard work since …

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Captain Shane McGrath lifts the cup.

Feakle-Killanena and Corofin celebrate historic firsts

History was made at Cusack Park this Good Friday evening as Feakle-Killanena won the county under 21 A championship title for the first time in the club’s history while Corofin captured their first ever title at this level when they were victorious in the C final. In both cases the defending champions were defeated, Inagh-Kilnamona in the A and Scariff in the C in a double bill that attracted an attendance of 1, 526. Feakle-Killanena 0-16 Inagh-Kilnamona 1-13 Feakle-Killanena showed the greater hunger for success over the sixty minutes in an A final that never really reached the heights expected. Overall, the East Clare combination were better and deserved their narrow win on an evening when they managed to limit the contribution of Inagh-Kilnamona’s key players. Things didn’t look good for the new champions at the half way point when they trailed by a point having played against the wind. A goal from David Mescall in the twenty first minute …

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125 years teeing off at Lahinch

A very special year for Lahinch Golf Club gets underway this Friday (Good Friday), with the launch of the club’s 125-year anniversary celebrations. The club was founded on Good Friday, April 15, 1892. To mark this milestone, a bronze plaque will be unveiled at the post office on Main Street, the original site of Sharry’s Hotel, where the club was founded. The normal running order at the club over the Easter weekend has been changed this year to mark this very significant anniversary. The annual general meeting of the ladies’ club will take place in the main clubhouse at 1.30pm this Friday, with the men’s club AGM taking place at the same time in the Castle Course clubhouse. The club AGM (joint) will take place in the main clubhouse at 3pm. Following this, at approximately 4.50pm, the newly-elected officers will depart the clubhouse and travel to the post office on the Main Street, where they will unveil a new bronze …

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Superb team performance sees Clare into All-Ireland final

Clare 3-12 Dublin 0-9 Clare have moved to within one win of a first ever All-Ireland minor A camogie championship title after this merited semi-final victory over Dublin at sun splashed St. Brendan’s Park in Birr this Saturday afternoon. An all round better balanced and more skillful Clare side led from the outset and went to the break with an eight point advantage, 2-5 to 0-3. There was some concern at this stage as the would have to face what was a strong breeze in the second half but a blistering start to the new half which saw them extend their advantage by four points sent them on their way to the final where they will play either Cork or Galway who play their semi-final tomorrow, Sunday. Clare had a dream start with a goal in the first minute, Olivia Phelan turning a delivery from Evelyn Duggan to the net. Aoife Power an daine O’Loughlin had added points before Dublin …

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