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Horse racing Six weekend winners for O’Connor

  Tubber jockey Derek O’Connor made the perfect start to the 2010 segment of the point-to-point season when riding six winners in 48 hours over the weekend. After a blank spell due to the recent bad weather, the first action of the New Year between the flags went ahead at Aghabullogue, Cork on Saturday afternoon where O’Connor posted a winner when guiding Rossbrin (5/2-3/1)), owned and trained in Tipperary by Roisin Hickey, to a facile success in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. This son of Flemensfirth assumed command on the downhill run to the final fence before steadily drawing clear to beat Tomcoole Lad by a very easy 15 lengths. On Sunday afternoon O’Connor was in action at the Scarteen Foxhounds session at Kilfeacle, Tipperary where he totally dominated proceedings when taking the first five races on the card.  O’Connor struck first when guiding 6/4 favourite Society’s Best to an all-the-way success in the opening confined maiden. This fellow was always …

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O’Connell retains captain’s armband

Clare senior hurling team captain, Brian O’Connell wants to see the media spotlight focusing on the Banner boys for all the right reasons in 2010.

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‘Butcher Travel’ prepares for take-off

Although known throughout the county from his years working in the meat business, his dart throwing and for his role as a Gaelic football umpire, Pat ‘Butcher’ McCarthy has now branched into the travel agency business.

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Manager award for McDermott

Clare football received a timely boost this week when Micheál McDermott was named as the Phillips manager of the month for December.

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Council reaffirms camogie pitch commitment

Clare county councillors have supported a call for an unequivocal commitment to make a pitch available for the sole use of the Clare Camogie Board.

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Munster award for Hickey

THE AIB Munster GAA Football Award was as tightly contested as ever, with Kilmurry defender Darren Hickey this week named as the Munster Club Championship player of the campaign.

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Tough quarter-finals ahead for Flannan’s and Caimin’s

THE senior hurlers and footballers of St Flannan’s College have been handed very difficult assignments in the quarter-finals of their respective provincial senior championships.

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AGM Round-up

A GREAT year was recalled at a well-attended annual general meeting of Whitegate GAA in the clubhouse last Friday night.

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