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Tom takes longest road to enjoy his beloved Cratloe’s title win

PRIDE in his home parish prompted one Cratloe GAA veteran to travel more than 12,000 miles to witness captain Barry Duggan lift the Canon Hamilton Trophy aloft in rain-soaked Cusack Park last Sunday week.

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Unanimous support for McDermott

AS revealed in last week’s Clare Champion, Micheál McDermott is the new Clare senior football manager.

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No resolution in sight yet

“IT is not a life and death issue,” according to Clare senior hurling manager Mike McNamara. “There are no fatalities at the end of this. It is sport, you get on with it and you get on with what is best for Clare. Votes are irrelevant if you are going forward in a positive manner.”

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Hill’s hat could hold the key

COMMENT THE Clare GAA County Board; every journalist’s dream machine. The stories just keep cascading from their midst, most of them threatening appendicitis, resulting from the side-splitting laughter they spread so effortlessly. Take Johnny Hill; Lissycasey’s answer to Russell Brand.

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Delegates all ears for letter

WHEN secretary Pat Fitzgerald told this week’s county board meeting that there was just one item of correspondance, the gathering of delegates knew it was a letter from members of the senior hurling panel.

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Moloney magic sinks Limerick champs

Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-11  Drom Broadford 0-5 PERHAPS this was Kilmurry Ibrickane’s plan all year. Ease through the Clare championship without over-taxing themselves and up the ante once the Munster club campaign starts.For much of the first half, Kilmurry displayed a hunger and quality not evident during their defence of the county championship. Peter O’Dwyer set the tone right from the throw-in when he barrelled past the Drom-Broadford midfielders before placing Stephen Moloney, who kicked an excellent point after just 15 seconds. A minute after Seánie Buckley kicked a wide, Micheál Reidy scored the Limerick champions’ first score from play after Ray Lynch and Johnny Shanahan had held off Darren Hickey and Enda Coughlan to set him up. Such was Kilmurry’s subsequent dominance that Drom-Broadford didn’t score again until three minutes into the second half. Playing with the strong wind, which blew towards the scoreboard end in Quilty, Stephen Moloney added two excellent points from play, the second of which was …

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Dream ends for Whitegate

South Liberties 1-11  Whitegate 1-9 WHITEGATE’S dream of contesting the Munster club intermediate hurling final was dashed at Cusack Park on Sunday by a physically stronger and sharper South Liberties outfit from neighbouring Limerick.

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Munster Draws

Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling champions Clare will begin the defence of their titles with a provincial semi-final clash with arch-rivals Limerick.

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