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Driven Kissane settles into Clare role

PAUDIE Kissane will spend much of this weekend behind his steering wheel. The 33 year old Clare coach, who retired from inter-county football in 2013, will be in Miltown Malbay on Friday for Clare training, while they are due to play Castlebar Mitchels in a challenge on Saturday. The following day Kissane’s club, Clyda Rovers from Cork, play Mayo and Connacht champions, Kiltane in the All-Ireland intermediate club semi-final in Ballinasloe. All going well, next week Kissane will be preparing for an All-Ireland club final and Clare’s opening league game away to Waterford on Sunday week. In recent weeks the 2010 All-Ireland winning wing back has had to prioritise his county coaching role above his club commitments. “If I’m going to do the Clare job right, I have to be fully committed to it. If there has been any clashes, over the last few weeks, Clare had to come first. The club have been very good trying to arrange a …

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Online registration for sports grants

FIANNA Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, is encouraging groups across the country to prepare their applications for grants under the new Sports Capital Programme.  “The €40 million announced for the 2014 sports capital programme will be of huge benefit to communities across the country and I know there are many group and clubs in Clare that are in need of funding for upgrade works under the scheme this year.  Whether it’s the installation of floodlights, new pitches, improved drainage, building sports halls or dressing rooms, the investment in local sports clubs is of huge benefit to communities and encourages more young people to be active.  Applications for the Sports Capital Programme will only be accepted online. You can register at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.   Applications will close on Friday, February 7.

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Looking for a big slice of sports tourism

CLARE sports tourism interests can learn how they can get a slice of the €450bn global  sport tourism industry in a major think-tank with international experts set for Limerick next May. The inaugural European Sport Tourism Summit, which will take place at Thomond Park Stadium on Thursday May 15, will also deliver recommendations that will be presented to Government regarding how Ireland can increase its share of the fastest growing sector in the global travel industry. Organised by W2 Consulting, the Shannon Airport sponsored event, will be attended by over 400 delegates drawn from local authorities, sports bodies, federations, clubs, charity organisations and communities here and abroad. Tourism facts: 35% of domestic tourism in Ireland is attributable to sport Over 30 different sports are participated in Ireland each year The Emerald Isle Classic American Football match at the Aviva Stadium in 2012 was worth an estimated €100m alone to the economy In the UK, the average football fan visiting for …

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Bobby Duggan makes impressive debut

By Seamus Hayes Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11 MEMBERS of Clare’s All-Ireland winning senior hurling team from last September were given a stern warning at Sixmilebridge on Sunday that they face stiff competition for their places in the squad in 2014. For their first competitive game since the All-Ireland win, Davy Fitzgerald and his management team selected a team that included just one of the All-Ireland winning line up, Patrick O’Connor for this Waterford Crystal cup quarter final Making his senior inter county competitive debut, 18 year old Bobby Duggan put down a strong claim for a place in the squad with a powerful display which yielded 0-12, three of which came from play. Cathal O’Connell, a member of last year’s squad and Seadna Morey, also a member of last year’s team, laid solid claims for inclusion in the first fifteen in 2014 while Cillian Duggan, playing at full back, also staked a strong claim for a place in the 2014 …

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New look Clare to face Limerick

By Seamus Hayes Just two of the team which started in last September’s All-Ireland senior hurling final replay have been named in the Clare team to face Limerick in the opening round of the Waterford Crystal senior hurling tournament at O’Garney park in Sixmilebridge this Sunday. The left flank of the defence, made up of Cian Dillon (Crusheen) and Pat O’Connor (Tubber) remains in place for the meeting of the Shannonside rivals as Clare set out in defence of this title. Alan O’Neill and Cathal O’Connell from the All-Ireland winning under 21 team are named. O’Connell will lead the attack while O’Neill, centre back in the under 21 team, is named at wing forward. After an impressive year at full forward with his club O’Callaghans Mills, Conor Cooney will wear the number 14 jersey. The captains of the last two Clare minor A winning championship teams, Conor Cleary who led Kilmaley to the title in 2013 and Clarecastle skipper in …

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Clare players inspire Ard Scoil Rís

  By Seamus Hayes   Ard Scoil Ris 2-19 Our Ladys Templemore 1-8   Backboned by six Clare players, Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick justified favouritism when beating Our Lady’s Templemore in the quarter final of the Dr. Harty cup, Munster colleges senior hurling championship at McDonagh park in Nenagh this Friday. The winners laid the foundations for this win in the opening half at the end of which they were 2-11 to 1-4 in front after playing with the aid of a slight wind. They led by the odd point in seven when Colin Crehan (O’Callaghans Mills) struck for their first goal. Four minutes later Micheál O’Loughlin (Clonlara) had their second goal. Templemore fought back in the second half and cut the deficit to seven points (2-12 to 1-8) but the Limerick city side finished strongly and pulled away to seal their place in the semi-final where they will take on either Hamilton High school from Cork or Dungarvan who …

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‘Sparrow’ heads to Kilmallock

HAVING spent the past year coaching Cork side Newtownshandrum, Ger ‘Sparrow’ 0’Loughlin is on the move once more, this time to take charge of the Kilmallock senior hurlers. The former Clare manager replaces another former Banner boss, Tony Considine at the helm in Kilmallock. During his tenure with The Balbec, Considine guided them to two senior county titles. Considine vacated the Kilmallock hot seat this year after four years in charge and his services were quickly snapped up. For 2014 he will manage Galway club side Turloughmore. Clarecastle clubman O’Loughlin is no stranger to the club scene in Limerick, having worked with Adare previously. He won a hat-trick of titles from 2007 to 2009 with Adare and also brought them to the 2012 county decider, a final they lost to Kilmallock.

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Delooze aims to have Clare fit and ready for 2014

GROWING up in Sydney, Chris Delooze could not have envisaged that come 2014, he would be responsible for the physical conditioning of the Clare senior footballers. Gaelic football didn’t register on his radar in those years. Ironically, even rugby was only an after-thought at that stage, as Delooze concentrated on swimming, winning two national medals in open water events. One would almost need to sit down on hearing details of his training schedule as a young man. “At that stage of my life, I was training 16 times a week. I was swimming every morning and had three track sessions in the middle of the day. Then I had training most afternoons and on a Saturday and race sometimes on a Sunday. That was through the summer. Rugby was a hobby during the winter just to keep fit,” Delooze told The Clare Champion this week. A change of school edged him towards rugby, which ended up having a profound affect …

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