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Waterstone the toast of Whitegate

Whitegate: 0-13Feakle: 0-5 AFTER a lapse of 17 years, the Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship title is back in Whitegate. In difficult weather conditions at Cusack Park on Sunday, they turned in a strong second-half performance to overcome the challenge of Feakle and capture the crown for the first time since 1992.

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Clare heroes to compete in Argentina

SIX Clare tae kwon do competitors will be jetting to Argentina at the end of the month where they will attend the Tae kwon do World Championships as part of the national team.The world championships, which will take place in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, will be attended by elite athletes from all over the world. Selection for this event is a particular honour as only one representative per country is allowed to compete in each event. This ensures that the  championships showcase only the very best from each country and from around the world. Among those selected from the Banner county are Stephen Ryan (Quin Tae kwon do Club); Adrian Byrne (Shannon Tae kwon do Club); Jamie Rigney (Ballyea Tae kwon do Club) and Daniel Dillon (Shannon Tae kwon do Club) who make up four of the five-man senior male team. Representing Ireland at junior level will be David Lynch and Louise McCagh (both Shannon Tae kwon do Club). Speaking …

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Fahy wins Bernie Meaney Shield

OLYMPIC Harriers’ Jason Fahy recorded his first victory in Kilmurry McMahon at the 35th Annual St Mary’s 5km Road Races, incorporating the Bernie Memorial Race, which were organised by St Mary’s Athletic Club, on Sunday.The event attracted over 100 competitors and Fahy won the Bernie Meaney Shield in a time of 15mins.05secs. The runner-up spot went to Liam Markham, Ennis Track, (16mins.28secs) and he was followed by Martin Corcoran, Craughwell (16mins.36secs).Marian Burke, St Mary’s, captured the ladies’ 5km title in 19mins.37secs. Claire Madigan, St John’s, finished with a big sprint in 19mins.48secs to take the silver medal and she was followed by Niamh Markham, Ennis Track, ahead of Sharon Rynne, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, with St Mary’s taking the team title ahead of Ennis Track.Pat Hogan, Ennis Track, finished very strong and claimed the masters’ O-40 title in 18mins.03secs, with Michael Kenny, St Mary’s, second and Mick Rooney, Ennis Track, in third spot.There was another big performance from Ambrose Heagney, Kilnaboy, …

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All-age win for Squid of Inagh

SQUID of Inagh was the big local winner when she got her all-age career off to a brilliant start at the Miltown Malbay coursing meeting at Ballymakeamor, Quilty last weekend.Trained by Gerry Arthur, Inagh, and owned by the PSC syndicate of Seán  Arthur, a son of the trainer, Colie O’Loughlin, also of Inagh and Paddy O’ Malley, Ennis, she won the all-age bitch stake (16) for the John Kenneally Memorial Cup to signal one of the biggest coursing successes for Inagh.No doubt the chances of an Inagh win soared after misfortune hit the Johnny Dodger syndicate from Dromina, whose odds-on favourite, Candles Dripping, broke a leg after scoring a big second-round win on Saturday. This was hard luck again on the Dromina syndicate of John Hayes, Adrian Bowles, John Quinn and Ger Hayes, as their Michael O’Donovan-trained white and black daughter of Janeymacaroo-Lifes a Gamble was withdrawn from the Oaks after being a hot favourite.At Miltown Malbay she was the …

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Clooney goals quell Kilfenora’s hopes

Clooney-Quin: 3-5Kilfenora: 0-11   CLOONEY-Quin’s ability to score goals, allied with Kilfenora’s amiable tendency to concede them, decided last Monday’s junior A football final in Miltown. It’s very likely that were it not for the goals netted by Ciarán Quinn, Fergal Lynch and Cathal Egan, Kilfenora would have outscored their mid-Clare opponents and would be an intermediate club this week. That said Kilfenora’s habit of overplaying the ball and not releasing it quickly enough, didn’t help them and decidedly aided Clooney. Furthermore, Clooney’s decision to take Cillian Duggan from centre-forward and post him at midfield, paid dividends and helped the winners to establish a grip in the sector, when it appeared that the game was slipping from their grasp during the second period. Kilfenora led 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time, having appeared to have played with the help of a very strong, swirling wind. Who it favoured was debatable but it seemed to help the team playing into the scoreboard …

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Have hurlers the bottle to overthrow Mike Mac?

Comment MIKE McNamara, the Clare County Board and the Clare senior hurling panel all have choices. The individuals or groups concerned can either sit tight and say nothing or face each other down. The manager must know that a significant number within the outgoing senior hurling panel would prefer if he wasn’t in charge of the Clare senior hurling team.

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Yet again – a shift in the club balance of power

THE ongoing shift in the balance of power on the club hurling scene in Clare was highlighted again last weekend. Those who might have thought that Clonlara’s rise to the top was just a flash in the pan were made to sit up and think again when the Clare champions moved a step closer to retaining the senior championship and league titles by beating Newmarket last Sunday.

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Superior Clonlara power into final

Clonlara 1-14  Newmarket 1-9 Those who doubted Clonlara’s standing as senior double (championship and league) champions of Clare hurling were silenced at Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon as the South-East Clare men confirmed their superiority over Newmarket, last year’s beaten championship finalists.

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