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Lahinch honours the late Dr Hillery

THE late Dr Patrick Hillery’s association with Lahinch Golf Club was recalled at the famed links course on Tuesday evening when a seat dedicated to his memory was unveiled.The decision to honour Dr Hillery was made by the club’s council last year under the captaincy of Austin Slattery. A household name in Clare, the Spanish Point-born doctor was a TD, government minister and Ireland’s first European Commissioner before serving two terms as president of Ireland up to 1990.At this week’s ceremony, Mr Slattery recalled Dr Hillery’s association with the Lahinch club from when he became a member on June 24, 1950. He spoke about the cups Dr Hillery won as a member of the club, the Resident’s Cup in 1952 and the Bogberry Cup, an open matchplay competition, in 1953. In 1980, when he was president of Ireland, he won the Golf Links Cup on the August Bank Holiday Monday, a major stroke play event which attracted a huge entry.In …

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Tulla showjumper part of European silver medal-winning Irish team

TOM Foley from Dangan in Tulla was part of the Irish South Showjumping team at the European finals last weekend. The team won silver medals and Tom finished sixth overall. Ireland had to jump off with Belgium for the medal last week when Germany won the gold. It was the Tulla teenager’s first time competing in the European championships and he is eligible for this event for another two years.A third year pupil at St Joseph’s in Tulla where he will be sitting for his Junior Certificate exam in the coming year, 14-year-old Tom has been competing since he was five-years-old.“He was on the winning team in Holland two weeks ago and on the Irish team, which also did well in France in April where Tom won the grand prix event,” his mother Carmel explained from the RDS in Dublin this week, where Tom will compete today, Thursday and Friday on his pony Dididoe, which came from the Netherlands.“There was …

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Kildysart angler second at world championship

KILDYSART angler Patrick Garry finished second at the World Cup Trout Fly Angling Championship, which was held in Lough Mask, Ballinrobe in Mayo last weekend.  Now into its 53rd year, the championship is one of the biggest tournaments in Europe. Six hundred and eighty participants took part, while approximately 120 qualified for last Monday’s final. Mr Garry qualified for the final on the Friday, which was one of the four days, from Thursday to Sunday, in which those who took part could try to make the final. “It fished poorly on the Thursday this year. It was flat calm that day and there was only 10 fish caught by nine people. On the Friday I caught two fish there and there was 60 fish caught overall that day, which was a good day’s fishing,” the Kildysart man, who regularly fishes Gortlass Lake, explained. Last Monday, the winning fish weighed in at six pounds and eight ounces, while Patrick’s trout weighed …

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Clare club players the freshest in Ireland

A FULL eight weeks after senior club footballers in Clare last got a chance to play championship football, they will go back at it on Saturday and Sunday. Teams who were beaten in their opening group matches and who go the same way this weekend, will have plenty of time to reflect on how their season imploded. Eight weeks after their first championship game of 2010, they will have more than eight months to get it right for next year’s championship. Although they might get to play senior B or relegation semi-final football to keep them occupied for another few weeks. While there have been league fixtures in the interim, it is worth pointing out (yet again) that Clare GAA sees little problem with having a huge gap between the first and second round of the senior football championship. In a successful county there would be some excuse. Yet both the Clare footballers and hurlers exited their respective championships after …

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Minors seek to banish previous All-Ireland defeats

THE disappointment felt by players, mentors and supporters in Athy in 2008 and in Thurles last year after the All-Ireland U-18 finals is something that followers of Clare camogie don’t want to experience again.Heading into their third successive final at this level, it is understandable that the memories of the defeats suffered from Kilkenny in both of those finals come flooding back.However, there is an air of confidence sweeping through the county, that it will be ‘third time lucky’ and that the All-Ireland trophy will be carried back to Clare on Saturday evening by Chloe Morey, a member of the squad for the past two years.That Clare are facing a huge task is without question. Galway have won the All-Ireland U-16 title for the past two years and were installed as favourites for this title at an early stage.Clare lost to Tipperary 1-7 to 1-10 in the opening round but they then went to Cork and scored a two-point win …

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Rivals look good for Champion Cup final

IF form in last weekend’s round three of the senior hurling championship is an accurate guideline, then near neighbours and arch rivals Sixmilebridge and Newmarket will contest this year’s final.Both were comfortable winners while their league semi-final opponents, Smith O’Brien’s and Broadford, suffered heavy defeats and are now in danger of not making the play-offs.Dr Daly Park in Tulla will host the meeting of Sixmilebridge and Smith O’Brien’s on Saturday at 7pm when the ’Bridge will start as warm favourites.Despite missing a lot of scoring chances last week, Sixmilebridge still managed a comfortable win over Tubber and with team captain Niall Gilligan leading the way with regard to scores, they should prove too strong for their Killaloe opponents this week.Smith O’Brien’s disappointed in their performance against Newmarket last week and they will be keen to show that they can play much better. They were without the experienced Trevor Howard and Shane O’Brien last week and both are likely to be …

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Race for senior title begins

THE race for the Clare Senior Camogie  Championship got underway at the weekend when the meeting of neighbours Clooney and Kilkishen produced some great action before the sides ended on level terms.Elsewhere, Newmarket, Sixmilebridge and champions Kilmaley emerged victorious in their opening ties. Sixmilebridge  8-21   Wolfe Tones  1-3 As the scoreline suggests, Sixmilebridge were always in control and had the points secured long before the final whistle. They were 7-9 to 0-2 ahead at the halfway point on an evening when they dominated in most positions.Naomi Carroll with 2-9 and Sinead Tuohy with 4-2 were the team’s top scorers while Rachel O’Brien accounted for all of the Shannon side’s scores.Sixmilebridge will play Tulla-Bodyke in the next round. Sixmilebridge: Áine McNamara; Orla Chaplin, Maire McGrath, Sinead Hyland; Aiveen O’Shea, Sinead Crowe (capt), Shauna Chaplin; Niamh Corry, Sinead Costello; Rachael O’Halloran (0-3), Chloe Morey (0-6,3f), Mairead Hyland (1-1); Sinead Touhy (4-2), Orla Fitzgerald (1-0), Naomi Carroll (2-9,2f).Subs: Anne Sweeney, Jean Chaplin, Ciara …

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