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Brendan on target for Austria

KILRUSH youngster Brendan Casey had a rather exciting trip to keep his mind off the pressure of sitting the Junior Cert at Kilrush Community School. The 14-year-old’s dart playing exploits have earned him a place on the Irish team selected to compete at an international tournament in Austria on July 16. Ironically, that’s the day before his 16th birthday. Although particularly serious about his darts since he was 11, Brendan has been throwing darts since he was a child. “I got my first set of darts when I was about four. I got them for Christmas,” he explained, adding that he practices for about two hours each evening. “Two hours a day is enough. It’s very hard to do three hours,” he said, noting that concentration and practice are the key components. There are other quality dart playing youngsters in Kilrush, including Eric Copley. While looking forward to the trip to Austria and to Hull in October, Brendan has been …

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Nash earns Scariff a share of the spoils

By Seamus Hayes Scariff 2-13 Broadford 2-13 A point by Diarmuid Nash, his ninth of the evening, earned Scariff a share of the spoils with their neighbours Broadford in this round 2 senior hurling championship tie played at Cusack Park on Friday evening. At the end of a poor first half played in front of a small attendance, Scariff held a four point advantage, 0-8 to 0-4. They increased the lead to five at the start of the second half but then, in the space of four minutes Broadford hit 1-3 without reply to take the lead. In the space of a minute at the mid point of the half, Scariff had goals from John Scanlan and Cian Foley to open a five point lead and they looked to be on the way to victory at this stage of the game. Now it was Broadford’s turn to rally and they hit back strongly with 1-3 without reply in six minutes …

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Snail putts Tump links planning on holed

Plans  for coastal protection works at the Donald Trump-owned Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg have been put on hold after Clare County Council requested further information. The request seeks information on the potential impact of the proposed works on the habitat of the Vertigo Angustior snail. The development being sought by TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd relates to coastal erosion management works at Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg. It consists of the re-profiling of sand dune slopes and ancillary marram planting, sand trap fencing and golf course repairs at three locations within the Carrowmore Sand Dune System; temporary construction compound within the hotel complex and access to the beach during construction via the public access track off Mountrivers Road. The applicant states that a Natura Impact Statement would be submitted to Clare County Council with the planning application. In its request for further information, Clare County Council said, “Having regard to the …

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Clare clubs appeal hurling championship postponements

Two senior hurling clubs, Ballyea and Cratloe, have lodged appeals with the Munster Council against a decision, confirmed on Tuesday evening, to cancel four second round games in the Clare Senior Hurling Championship this weekend. Representatives of the eight clubs – Sixmilebridge, Cratloe, Ballyea, Clooney-Quin, O’Callaghan’s Mills, St Joseph’s, Wolfe Tones and Éire Óg – were told on Tuesday evening at a meeting in Clareabbey that their scheduled round two games for this weekend were cancelled. A number of the clubs have criticised of the way the issue has been handled by Clare GAA. According to Clare GAA chairman, Michael McDonagh, “A decision was made by the CCC (Competitions Control Committee) to put back four games to either August 3 or 15. We understand the plight the clubs are in and we have to try and help both the clubs and the county team. We felt that by giving a definite date for the re-fixtures, we are doing that. “There …

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Clare hurlers’ courageous fight-back just fails

Waterford 2-13 Clare 2-12 CLARE’S Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling dream for 2014 ended in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Wednesday but not before they put in a truly courageous performance after a disastrous start. Nine points down after eight minutes, they looked to be on the road to a hiding. Reduced to 14 men five minutes into the second half, a heavy defeat looked the likely outcome but from here on, Clare dominated and were two points in front by the three-quarter stage. Clare almost snatched a sensational win in injury time but the winners’ goalie, Billy Nolan, produced a magnificent save, at the expense of a 65’, from David Fitzgerald, one of Clare’s better players on the evening. Clare continued to pile on the pressure but time was not on their side. In the end, Waterford had a bit too much experience and strength and emerged with a point to spare, to seal a place in the Munster final. …

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Hurling fixtures postponed

By Seamus Hayes It’s official. The worst kept secret in  Clare GAA is out. Four senior hurling championship games scheduled for this coming weekend have been called off against the wishes of some of the clubs involved. Representatives of the eight clubs–Ballyea, Clooney-Quin, O’Callaghans Mills, St. Josephs, Wolfe Tones, Éire Óg, Sixmilebridge and Cratloe–were told this evening that the Clare senior hurling management team had “invoked the 13 day rule” which says that players “shall be free from club fixtures for 13 days prior to inter county championship action”. With three of the games scheduled for Friday evening and one for Sunday, there were only eight days, and in the case of Sixmilebridge v Cratloe, six days until Clare play Wexford in the hurling Qualifier first round. The earliest that these games will take place is August and if Clare progress in the championship, it may be later than this. The senior championship game between Scariff and Broadford goes ahead as …

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One change for minor hurlers

By Seamus Hayes There is one change in personnell on the Clare minor hurling team named to play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on this Wednesday at Fraher field in Dungarvan (7.30p.m.) from that which beat Tipperary last time out. Bern O’Gorman from Wolfe Tones is fit again following an appendix operation and he is named at wing back, the position he was named in for round 1 before being forced to withdraw. In the resultant reshuffle, Liam O’Donovan from Ruan drops to the substitutes bench. The team is Jason Loughnane, (Sixmilebridge); Ciaran Cooney (OC. Mills), Seamus Downey (Clonlara), Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones); Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Dara Walsh (Eire Og), Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones); David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley); Ian Galvin (Clonlara), Mikey O’Shea (Smith O’Briens), Colin Corbett (Tulla); Padraic McNamara (Kilmaley), Aaron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Brian Guilfoyle (St.Josephs, Doora-Barefield);  

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Home tie for Clare hurlers

  Clare will have home advantage for their first round hurling qualifier tie after been  drawn against Wexford. A meeting of the competitions control committee at Croke Park this Monday afternoon will when this game will take place. Two of the four games are due to be played this coming weekend with the remaining two a week later. Already scheduled for the second weekend is the meeting of Tipperary and the losers of the Galvay v Kilkenny replay, a fixture which is sure to attract huge attention regardless of who will provide the opposition for Tipperary. The other two fixtures will see Antrim play Offaly and Waterford take on Laois.  A draw between the four winners wil determine the two fixtures to take place on July 12 with the winners of those games going on to play in the quarter finals against the beaten Leinster and Munster finalists on the weekend of July26/27 Last year, Clare were fortunate to overcome …

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