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Ennis student stars at inter-varsities

CLARE student Conall Tunney made a strong start to his inter-varsity karate career in Waterford at the weekend, coming away with two bronze medals at his first attempt.In the Irish Karate Inter-varsities, students are drawn from universities, institutes of Technology and third-level colleges and compete for a wide range of karate titles. This year, the tournament was hosted by the Waterford Institute of Technology and Conall, who is a first-year psychology student in University College Dublin, was competing in the blue ribbon, male/black belt events. First up on Saturday morning was the Kata, or forms competition, and with 28 black-belt competitors in the field, it was the strongest held in Ireland this year so far. After three elimination rounds, there was some surprise in the sports hall that at that stage the 19-year-old from Ennis was the number one-ranked competitor. In a fiercely contested eight-man final, Tunney was delighted to come away with the bronze medal. The Kumite, or fighting, …

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Kilmurry – an hour from Croke Park

THE main factor that has separated Kilmurry-Ibrickane from their rival Clare clubs this year and last, has been Kilmurry’s depth. For example, they could afford to start Noel Downes and Odran O’Dwyer on the bench against Doonbeg in the 2009 county semi-final in Cooraclare. Both came on and played pivotal roles in helping their side to edge past their neighbours and into the county final.

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