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Board meeting backs GAA-GPA link

A meeting of the Clare GAA County Board on Wednesday night voted overwhelmingly to support the framework document, which should result in the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) operating under the wing of the GAA.

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Eleven executive members to hold posts

ELEVEN members of the outgoing executive of Clare GAA will hold the same posts for the coming year. When nominations closed last week, they were the only nominees for the positions.

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Houghton drops in at relaunch celebrations

RAY Houghton’s goal against England in 1988 lit the fuse on a great period for Irish soccer, with the win over the old enemy really getting the whole country behind the national team. It was a famous win for Ireland, perhaps the sweetest there has been, but it could have been very different. After Houghton’s strike, England dominated the next 84 minutes, laying siege to the Irish goal for long spells.Packie Bonner was outstanding on the day and his string of saves helped Ireland hang on for a highly improbable win.The goalscorer was at the Clare Inn last Friday night for a function organised by the Ennis Town Club and he reflected on that triumph. “He (Bonner) made a lot of saves but that’s what he’s supposed to do! It wasn’t as one sided as you might think but certainly England had chances. When we went 1-0, up we didn’t know what to do really, so we sat back and …

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Impressive win for Carrigerry

Saddle Source NEWMARKET-on-Fergus trainer John Brassil tasted success at last Saturday’s Dromahane, County Cork point-to-point fixture where his Carrigerry (3/1-4/1) ran out an impressive winner of the first division of the concluding six-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.

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Munster gold for Looney

There were gold and silver medals for Clare athletes last weekend at the Munster Masters and juvenile B U-9 to U-19 Cross Country Championships that took place at Moyglass, Fethard in Tipperary.

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A haul of 26 for Ennis at Munster gala

THE Ennis Swimming Club Grade B squad competed in a Munster graded gala at St Enda’s Sports Complex in Limerick. The club had a very successful meet winning a total of 26 medals. The haul comprised 11 gold, 10 silver and five bronze. 

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New Stake a big bonus for Ennis-Clarecastle coursing fixture

THE Ennis-Clarecastle coursing fixture takes place next weekend and club members and supporters are keeping their fingers crossed that the inclement weather conditions of late will not be a setback to plans to maintain very high standards associated with the Manus venue.

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Powerful performance puts Kilmurry-Ibrickane in final

Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9  Stradbally 0-6 A STRONG defensive display, particularly from the full-back trio, inspired Kilmurry-Ibrickane to a deserved win over their Waterford opponents in the provincial semi-final played at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Sunday.This latest win by the Clare champions has seen them qualify for the provincial final for the second year in succession and they will play Kerry representatives Kerins O’Rahillys for the Munster title on Sunday, December 6.The third meeting of these teams – their 2004 final went to a replay – ended with Kilmurry-Ibrickane repeating their ’04 victory. Ironically, in all three matches, Kilmurry’s tally has been the same, 0-9.While the rain stayed away, the players had to contend with a near-galeforce wind that blew directly into the roadside goal at the Waterford venue. The winners had the aid of this wind in the opening half and when they went to the break with just five points to spare (0-7 to 0-2), their supporters, who …

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