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Mother and son on sailing podium

A MEMBER of Cullaun Sailing Club in Kilkishen Margaret Hynes is riding the crest of a wave after she teamed up with her son, Sean to take a podium place at the Wayfarer World Championships in the Netherlands. The Ennis woman, who now lives in County Limerick and has decades of experience on the water, celebrated a third-place finish (Silver Fleet) with 17-year-old son as crew at the championships in Holland. A Wayfarer is a sailing dinghy approximately 16ft in length and known for its durability and versatility. In June of this year, Margaret was helm and Kilkishen’s Mike Hayes the crew as their vessel, Seadhna, won the National Wayfarer Championships in Cavan, thus securing their participation at the world event on the Heegermeer in Frisesland, a prime Dutch sailing destination. “Sean, who attends Ard Soil Rís, was one of the youngest crews there and I suppose another unusual thing was that I was one of only four women helms out …

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RTE Radio follows Davy’s year

IS the public perception of Davy Fitzgerald very different to who he really is? RTÉ Radio ONE’s Documentary on One had unique access to follow Clare’s 2016 hurling year and experience it through Davy’s eyes. So much has been said and written about Davy Fitzgerald. All Ireland winning manager, player, All Star awards, he’s done it all. As a manager, he brought Waterford to an All Ireland final in 2008, their first appearance in the final since 1963. After leaving Waterford he took on the Clare management job in 2011. Within two years, he brought the Liam MacCarthy cup back to the Banner for the fourth time, this time as a manager. The previous two times the trophy made its way to Clare were in the 1990s when, as the goalkeeper, he captured the imagination of the country. The documentary is a project that began as the summer of 2015 drew to a close. Clare were knocked out of the championship …

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Division 2 league honours for Broadford

  Broadford collected their second adult hurling league title of the season when they were crowned division 2 champions at Gurteen this Thursday evening. At the end of a well contested tie they had six points to spare over Ruan, winning on a final scoreline of 1-20 to 0-17. A few weeks earlier they won the division 4 title when they had a one goal win over Ballyea in the final A dominant spell in the opening quarter when they scored 1-6 without reply, steered the East Clare men to this latest success. Ruan had scored the opening two points of the game through Caimin Howard and Michael Vaughan but then Broadford took a grip on proceedings and responded with points from Craig Chaplin, Stiofan McMahon and Caolan Cox before Cox took a pass from McMahon and fired home the game’s only goal. Further points from Donie Whelan, McMahon and Diarmuid Moloney left the East Clare side 1-6 to 0-2 …

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Interesting pairings in round 3

The draw for round 3 of the senior hurling championship has thrown up some very interesting pairings as has the senior relegation play off draw. Title holders Sixmilebridge will take on Wolfe Tones who made Crusheen battle all the way at the weekend in round two. There will be an East Clare battle as O’Callaghans Mills face neighbours Tulla while Clarecastle will need to step up on their form last week if they are to overcome a fancied Cratloe side. In the remaining third round tie Clooney-Quin will face Ballyea and this should prove an interesting fixture for Clarecastle man Fergie O’Loughlin. He is currently coaching Clooney-Quin having been in charge of Ballyea in the past. The four winners will go through to the quarter finals to join Clonlara, Crusheen, Feakle and Eire Og who have already secured their last eight places The clash of neighbours Kilmaley and Inagh-Kilnamona in the relegation play off could well be the game of …

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Clonlara seal quarter final spot

There were no major shocks as round 2 of the Clare senior hurling championship was completed this Sunday afternoon. Weather conditions were anything but pleasant as the remaining three games in the round were played at Sixmilebridge, Broadford and Tulla. Clonlara secured their passage to the quarter finals with a hard earned 2-13 to 1-11 win over Clooney-Quin at O’Garney Park. They got off to a superb start with a goal from Darach Honan in the second minute and the inter county man quickly followed with a point. By the end of the first quarter Clooney-Quin were in front helped by a Mike Daffy goal. A superb goal from Nicky O’Connell put the winners back in front and when the half time whistle sounded they were 2-2 to 1-4 ahead. While never managing to pull away, the South East Clare side always held the lead in the second half and deservingly booked their passage to the last eight. Crusheen had …

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Kilmaley, Newmarket and Inagh-Kilnamona bow out

When the draw for this year’s Clare senior hurling chamionship was made six months ago not many would have predicted that as early as round two, Kilmaley, Newmarket and Inagh-Kilnamona would be facing into the relegation play offs. After two rounds, thats exactly the position with all three out of the championship race having suffered their second defeats of the campaign this Saturday afternoon. Kilmaley, beaten semi-finalists after a replay with Clonlara last year, went under to Sixmilebridge at Shannon where the final score was 3-11 to 1-12. The Bridge led 1-7 to 0-6 at half time. Kilmaley made the better start to the second half with three unanswered points and at the three quarter stage the margin was down to two.. Kilmaley missed two scoreable frees and failed to capitalise on a goal scoring chance. Sixmilebridge then went on the attack and substitute Danny Morey found the net to put them five points clear. Kilmaley were back in contention …

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Camogie championships begin

EIGHT teams set out this week in search of the Clare Senior Camogie Championship title and between now and the final, on the weekend of October 15/16, some lively contests are expected. Newmarket are the defending champions and they start the campaign as the favourites but Inagh-Kilnamona, Clooney-Quin and Kilmaley are all expected to challenge strongly for the title. The competition is divided into two groups of four and at the end of the group stage, the top two teams in each will qualify for the semi-finals, with the remaining two in each group going on to play for the shield. The intermediate championship title race also gets underway this weekend, with seven teams taking part. They are divided into two groups, one of four and one of three. As with the senior, the top two in each group will contest the semi-finals with the remaining teams competing for the shield. There will be four teams in the Junior A …

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Football championship third round draw

Draws for round 3 of the county senior football championship have been made and the games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday week. the pairings for the relegation play off have also been decided and these games will also go ahead on the weekend of August 27 and 28 In round three of the championship, the winners of which will advance to the quarter finals, last year’s beaten finalists Cooraclare will take on Wolfe Tones. Clondegad will face St. Senans, Kilkee while O’Currys will face Lissycasey and this is a repeat of a third round game from last year when the men from the penninsula scored a one point win. The remaining third round tie will be an all North Clare affair with Ennistymon taking on St. Breckans who are managed by Ennistymon’s Brian Conway. In the relegation play off Eire Og and St. Josephs Doora-Barefield will face each other while the other tie will see Kilrush take on Corofin.

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Plans facilitate Cusack Park move

Clare Marts had requested the council to delete any references to the relocation of Cusack Park to the subject site from the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023. However, councillors took a different view and decided to include a resolution into the draft plan to facilitate the move, if this is sanctioned by Clare GAA in the future. The council stated, “This opportunity site on the edge of the town has been zoned for mixed-used development and, given its location, it is particularly suited to facilitate the relocation of Cusack Park, should the need for a new stadium arise during the lifetime of this plan. “Adequate lands have been zoned to also accommodate the necessary car, coach and bicycle parking on the site, the development of which will require the use of permeable surface, given its location within an area of flood risk,” the resolution stated. Councillors also decided at a recent meeting to include additional land to the west …

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Kilkenny’s first half goals too much for Clare

Kilkenny 5-16 Clare 1-16 Kilkenny’s dominance of the inter county hurling season looks set to continue after their convincing win over Clare in the All-Ireland intermediate final at Semple stadium this evening. Before an attendance of 1,401, their ability to get through for goals proved too much for Clare and the noresiders deservingly took the honours Five points up after ten minutes when they had 1-2 on the scoreboard despite having lost centre back Shane Taylor to injury in the very first minute, things looked good for Clare. Then, in the space of six minutes they conceded three goals after some poor defensive play and when the half time whistle sounded they found themselves seven points in arrears with the score at 4-5 to 1-7. Throughout the pitch Clare struggled to cope with Kilkenny’s physicality and this was particularly true of the Clare full back line. Being forced into an early change didn’t help Clare who lost centre back Shane …

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