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Looking back on great times for Killanena GAA

IT was a night of remembering times past at Cannys Bar on Saturday, when Killanena GAA Club honoured the members of the junior championship-winning team from 1977. All members of the squad, with the exception of Chicago-based Michael Leonard and the late Denis Sammon and Joe Horan, were in attendance. It was a particularly memorable year for the club, as they won the junior A championship, beating Corofin in a replay in the final, while they also won the 1976 league title, in a final played in 1977. Special guest was former Clare selector and manager, Tony Considine, who recalled that campaign in detail and many of the games between his native Cratloe and Killanena in the 1970s. Brian Borus was a very successful amalgamation in the ’70s with Bodyke, Tulla and Killanena coming together to form a senior team, which won the county senior championship title in 1975. Killanena provided a number of members to the team including Paddy …

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Recalling a golden era for Newmarket GAA

Newmarket’s dominance of Clare hurling in the late 1960s was recalled this week, when the members of the club’s three in-a-row championship-winning teams of 1967, 1968 and 1969 were feted at a function at The Inn in Dromoland. It was a particularly successful period for the club as, in addition to the three championship titles, they won four Clare Champion Cups from 1966 to 1969, while they became the first in Clare to win the Munster club title, when they defeated Carrick Davins from Tipperary on October 6, 1968 on a scoreline of 3-9 to 2-7. Many of the players in those teams were household names, including Jim Cullinan, Michael Considine, Gus Lohan, Liam Danagher, Paddy McNamara, Pat Cronin, Hubbie McCabe, two time All-Star Johnnie McMahon and Wexford man, Liam Griffin, who managed his native county to the All-Ireland title in 1996. In those three finals, Newmarket defeated neighbours and arch rivals Clarecastle. The 1967 final was played on November …

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14 man Clare suffer a 14 point defeat

Limerick 3-18 Clare 0-13 The worst fears of Clare hurling fans were realised at Cusack Park this evening when the county’s under 21 hurlers suffered a fourteen point defeat from defending Munster and All-Ireland champions Limerick. Twelve months ago at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick, the Shannonsiders emerged with a thirteen point victory and Clare had hoped to close the gap considerably this time around. They looked to be in a good position at half time when just two points separated the teams, Limerick leading on a score of 0-10 to 0-8. Just over a minute into the second half Conor O’Halloran saw red and his sending off was a major blow to Clare. With fourteen men they battled bravely in the third quarter but Limerick pulled away in the final quarter and they scored 2-4 without reply in the last twelve minutes as they sealed their place in the semi-final against Tipperary in Thurles next month. Both managers, Pat …

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Collins wants to double league games

CLARE football manager, Colm Collins, has said he cannot understand why clubs took the decision not to play club football or hurling championship games in April, which was designated as a club month by the GAA. Clare was the only Munster county not to play championship in either code, instead opting to play five rounds of league games in football and three in hurling. Speaking at Monday’s Munster championship launch in Bunratty, Collins said he could not comprehend why six of the seven rounds in the Clare football leagues are already played. “Our football leagues are almost over and it’s not May 1 yet. I fail to see where the merit is in that,” he stated. “We have one game of seven in the league left, which is ridiculous. Playing no championship in April was a decision of the clubs. I felt they should have played a round of football and hurling championship in Clare. Clubs decided that. I just …

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Cork’s experience too much for Clare

Cork 1-21 Clare 1-8 Greater experience allied to the loss of key Clare forward Niamh O’Dea with a shoulder injury were key factors as Cork scored a comfortable win over Clare in the Munster senior camogie championship semi-final at sun splashed Cusack Park this Saturday evening. From the outset the visitor’s experience was evident but Clare took the game to the favourites in the early stages and trailed by just a point after ten minutes when the score was 0-4 to 0-3. The winners had added 1-1 by the end of the first quarter and this was still the position five minutes later when Niamh O’Dea suffered a shoulder injury which ended her involvement in the game. The loss of the dual star was a massive blow to Clare but they were still in a good position at half time when they trailed by four points,1-4 to1-8, the home side’s goal having come from Doireann Murphy after she had taken …

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Gary Cooney of Clare in action against Conor Flahive of Limerick during their Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final at Cusack Park. Photograph by John Kelly.

Under 21 hurling team named

The Clare team which will line out against Limerick in the quarter final of the Munster under 21 hurling championship at Cusack Park on Monday evening includes players from ten clubs. Kilmaley provide three players while O’Callaghans Mills, Inagh-Kilnamona and Cratloe each provide two members with the remaining six coming from Eire Og, Crusheen, Clooney-Quin, Clonlara, Feakle and Newmarket. The team is Killian Nugent (O’Callaghans Mills); Conor O’Halloran (Eire Og), Ross Hayes (Crusheen), Bradley Higgins |(Kilmaley); Diarmuid Ryan (Cratloe), JasonMcCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) Captain, Pauric McNamara (Kilmaley); Michael Corry (Clooney-Quin,Kieran Galvin (Clonlara); Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Gary Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills), Steven Conway (Feakle); Joe Carmody (Kilmaley), Colin Guilfoyle (Newmarket), Billy Connors (Cratloe). Subs; Eamonn Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona), Liam O’Connor (Newmarket), Carthal Lynch (Sixmilebridge), Cathal Darcy (Kilmaley), Sean O’Loughlin (Kilmaley), Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Michael O’Shea (Smith O’Briens), Darren Cullinan (Inagh-Kilnamona), Ian Murray (Bodyke) The backroom team comprises John Carmody (Kilmaley0 who is the manager, Donal Madden (Clonlara) who is the team coach, Tomas Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona), …

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Clare U-21 hurlers face All-Ireland champions

Since the U-21 Hurling Championship was introduced back in 1964, there has been some great times for Clare teams but with plenty of heartache as well. In the 54 championships played, Clare have played in 19 finals, including one replay. Thirteen may be regarded as unlucky for some but for the Banner the opposite was the case when the county finally got over the line on the 13th time of asking, claiming the title in Dungarvan in 2009. They went on to contest four finals in succession, winning provincial and All-Ireland titles in 2012, ’13 and ’14 before losing to Limerick in 2015. Many of the players on those teams helped the county to the All-Ireland senior title in 2013. Facing into the 2018 campaign in what remains the only inter-county championship in which participants do not get a second chance, Clare could hardly have asked for a more difficult task. Next Monday’s first round game pits the Banner against …

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Cusack Park hosts Clare camogie championship game

CONTROVERSY flared last February when a request from the National Camogie Association that Clare’s league match against Meath be played as part of a double header in Cusack Park, was turned down. Instead, Clare played Meath in Ogonnelloe at the same time as the hurlers played Cork in Cusack Park. The expectation had been that Clare GAA would facilitate the double header as counties like Galway, Kilkenny and Dublin had done. However, the wheel has turned and Saturday’s Clare v Cork Munster semi-final tie has been confirmed for the county grounds. Currently teaching geography and history at St Caimin’s in Shannon, Chloe Morey is delighted that Clare GAA has granted the camogie team access to Cusack Park. She feels it’s the only place to play championship for the county. “We looked for it about five weeks ago and, to be honest, we were saying to ourselves that we weren’t going to get it. I’m the first to give out and …

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