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Clare’s young guns bid for All-Ireland glory

THIS Sunday sees the All-Ireland 40×20 juvenile handball championship finals take place. Tuamgraney will play host to five finals, all featuring Clare players. The event starts at 11am.

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Four winners for O’Connor

TUBBER jockey Derek O’Connor proved the man to follow at last Sunday’s County Clare Hunt meeting at Quakerstown, Boston, where the local favourite thrilled his huge home following when riding four winners.

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Quinn finds lucky ground at Dundalk

SIXMILEBRIDGE trainer Denis Quinn enjoyed a welcome change of luck as his Captain Coke landed a five-furlong handicap on the all-weather field at Dundalk on Saturday afternoon.

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Newmarket trainer wins $2m Dubai race

LOS Angeles-based Newmarket-on-Fergus race horse trainer Carl O’Callaghan trained Kinsale King to win the $2m Group 1 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai last Saturday.Ridden by Garrett Gomez and owned by Dr Patrick Sheehy from Cork, Kinsale King became the ninth American-based horse since 2000 to win the race.The race unfolded exactly as O’Callaghan predicted last week. Garrett Gomez kept Kinsale King behind the Japanese horse Laurel Guerreiro for the first quarter-mile, engaged the leader on the turn and took the lead in early stretch before holding off Rocket Man to win by a half-length. Kinsale King ran about six furlongs in 1.10.89.On December 6, 2009, Kinsale King won the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes Grade 3 at Hollywood Park, LA.“He had a lot of issues with his feet, a lot of quarter-crack problems. My blacksmith, Robert Guest from England, is a real talent. I worked him on the turf at Del Mar to save his feet and got him …

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Clare girls punch their way into history

LAST Saturday will be regarded as a day of special significance in the annals of Clare boxing. It was the day when ladies boxing superseded the hitherto male-dominated world of championship winners in the county. Junior ladies Kayleigh McCormack from Kilfenora and Antoinette Keane from the Ennis club won the 57kg and 63kg titles at the National Boxing Championships in Dublin and created a niche for themselves and their sport, setting a marker for their male colleagues in their respective clubs.Clubmates Lee Sherlock in the boy 4 category and Paddy O’Connor in the youth heavyweight (91kg) had to be content with silver in their finals, but Clare mentors Sean Carrig, Tommy Lyons and Patrick McCormack were delighted with the performances of all four boxers who had made their way to the finals after five days of intense action in the National Stadium.Reverting to the action in the awesome confines of the National Stadium in Dublin it must be said that …

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A gala night for the county’s stars

THE 2009 teams of the senior hurling and football championships were honoured at The Clare Champion’s fifth annual gala awards night at the Clare Inn Hotel last Friday.This year, for the first time, community leaders were honoured, as well as a number of high achievers in athletics, handball, swimming, hurling and football.Clare Champion managing director John Galvin congratulated the award winners and spoke of the company’s decision to “honour men and women who give of their time within their communities on a voluntary basis”. He went on to say that the awards scheme will continue in next year.Replying on behalf of the award winners, Donal Madden, a member of the hurling team of the championship, spoke of the “importance of this scheme to the thousands of club players”.He went on to compliment the sponsors on the decision to recognise the work of people within their communities by including the community awards. He also availed of the opportunity to congratulate the …

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Another lucky break for the Banner

Clare: 1-9 Carlow: 1-11   CLARE are still unbeaten and leading the way in Division 2 of the National Hurling League but those who witnessed their latest display at Dr Cullen Park in Carlow on Sunday will find it difficult to understand how they are in this position. For the second week in succession, Lady Luck smiled on Clare and they were extremely fortunate to come away from the Leinster venue with the maximum points.This was one of the poorest performances from a Clare side for quite some time and there will have to be a huge improvement if they are to get back into the premier division.With a team that showed five changes in personnel and a number of positional switches from the previous week in Antrim, Clare went into action well warned about Carlow’s wins over Down and Wexford in the previous two rounds.Three of the changes were forced on the management team, with Pat Vaughan and Darach …

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