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O’Brien Takes Over As Miltown Manager

The defending Clare Senior Football champions have appointed a new manager.  Former Clare selector David O’Brien takes over his native club from Michael Neylon.  It’s his second stint in charge of the west Clare club, having guided them to the 2013 intermediate title before reaching the SFC Quarter Finals 12 months later.  Kerry’s David Geaney will continue as coach with the rest of the backroom team to be finalized in the next week.  Club chairman Frank Minogue has welcomed the news, saying he was their number one candidate for the role and they’re delighted to have him on board. 

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Hurling Awake In The West

There is a revolution underway in Kilkee under the watchful eye of Jim Fitzpatrick’s mural of the most famous revolutionary of all. Anyone who was out for a Sunday morning stroll last weekend along the strand under the watchful eye of Che Guevara would have been met with the sight of men and women, young and old, parading with hurleys and helmets as Kilkee/Bealaha Hurling and Camogie club were in full flight. The move to develop adult hurling is still in its infancy, but it is fair to say that those who are overseeing it have long since moved beyond that stage. There have been many instances of hurling on the strand in Kilkee down through the years, and stalwarts like Michael O’Neill and Paddy McDonnell can recall many of them. Paddy has been in love with hurling for as long as he can remember, and early on Sunday morning he made the short walk from his house on the …

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Fitzgerald Set For Cusack Park Return As Wexford Visit Ennis For NHL Tie

Clare take on Wexford this Sunday in Cusack Park in round four of the National Hurling League, with the Leinster side to be led into Ennis by former Clare All-Ireland winning player and manager Davy Fitzgerald. The home side come into the game off the back of a disappointing loss to Cork last weekend while Wexford battled past Tipperary to pick up their second win of the campaign. Sunday’s game will mark the first time Davy Fitzgerald has returned to Cusack Park as the opposition since taking up the role in the south-east, but facing Clare is not something new to the Sixmilebridge man, with the Banner ending Wexford’s championship season at the quarter-final stage last year. The Slaneysiders have made a strong start to this season’s campaign, as they recovered from an opening round loss to Limerick before wins over Cork and Tipperary. Fitzgerald says last weekend’s win over the Premier was hard-earned. “We scraped over the line by …

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This Sporting Life

Social media lit up this past week as David Brady decided it was appropriate to impart his opinion as to why Gaoth Dobhair lost out to Corofin in the All-Ireland club football semi-final. The former Mayo midfielder tweeted:  “They will when the dust settles & time passes in a quiet moment ask did they pass up the opportunity of a lifetime. Was there anything they could have done extra. Posting multiple piss ups won’t win you All Ireland’s & that’s not what winning is about. ” He was of course referencing the celebrations that small club in Donegal had enjoyed when winning the Ulster title for the first time in the club’s history with a one point win after extra time against Scotstown. Their celebrations went viral as videos emerged on social media for days afterwards, as they rightly revelled in their success. That victory came on Sunday December 2, with their clash against the defending All-Ireland champions Corofin coming …

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No Rest For The Wicked As Williams Eyes Further Show Jumping Glory

For a regular 14-year-old Junior Cert student, having a week off for mid-term after completing mock exams would mean a chance to have a lie-in for a few days. Rhys Williams does not fall into that category though. Instead of taking it easy this week, he is up at 7am each day to muck out for the horses in Parc Stables. He does not mind though, mainly because he does not know any other routine. 2018 was a year to remember for the youngster as he won the individual gold medal at the FEI European Championships in Fontainebleau in France, while also picking up silver in the team event. He also had the distinction of being the only rider to jump a clear round to register a score of zero. That performance led to him being honoured with a civic reception from Clare County Council, while the accolades continued to pour in when he picked up the Junior Show Jumper …

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Boxing clever in juvenile championships

THE Clare County Juvenile Championships were held in Lisdoonvarna last weekend, in conjunction with the Doolin Boxing Club tournament, before a capacity crowd in the Pavilion Theatre. Fynn Randall took the 48kg title in style, beating Ennis Boxing Club favourite Joseph O’Brien, while Sadhbh Blood took the 63kg title to advance to the Munster Girls Championships in April. Kilfenora’s Stephen Murphy upset the odds with a pristine performance against Doolin’s Eoin Kelly in the final of the 35kg boys class. There were outstanding displays from James Manning and Colin Fitzpatrick from the Ennis Club, against Kilfenora’s Dean Downes and Josh Moloney. Heavyweights Woytech Koper and Bernie McDonagh from St Anne’s in Westport brought the crowd to their feet in the final contest of the night, as they battled each other to a standstill, before the Westport protégé took a split decision in an absorbing fight. Ennis boxer Jamie Connors confirmed the pre-fight favourites tag in the 60kg final, with a …

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McIlroy to skip Irish Open

RORY McIlroy has said he will not play at the Irish Open in Lahinch this summer. He has said he will not be playing there, because he will be focusing on the British Open in Portrush. Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland he said, “If there is ever a year when I feel I can miss this Irish Open, it’s this year. If I was to play the Irish Open, The Open Championship would be my third event in a row. For me, that’s not the best way to prepare for what could be the biggest event of my life.”

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Horse Takes Back The Reins With Kilmurry Ibrickane For 2019 Season

Aidan ‘Horse’ Moloney has been appointed as manager of Kilmurry Ibrickane for the 2019 season. The 1992 Munster championship winner is back with his native club just 12 months after stepping down from the role. He previously led the Bricks to the championship in 2016 and 2017, before making the switch to Cooraclare for a second stint there last year. He also has the distinction of captaining the west Clare outfit to victory on two occasions in 1993 and 2002, while he won four titles with the club along with a Munster club title before hanging up his boots in 2005. His backroom is yet to be finalised, as thoughts turn towards Kilmurry’s bid to win a ninth straight Cusack Cup title when the new season gets underway next month.

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