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Kilmurry half-back line holds the key

OF the 500 or so Kilmurry Ibrickane men, women and children expected to surface in Ruislip on Sunday, about 25 of them cannot afford to prematurely enjoy the weekend or even the day itself. If Kilmurry keep their nerve and come 3.30pm have defeated Tír Chonaill Gaels, then the players and their management can relax. But not until the job is done.

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Reflecting on the games of life and football

  WHEN Jim Joe Lynch caught the West Clare Railway to Ennistymon CBS, he often had to cup his ears to deflect the big talk that assailed them. For four years, the Mullagh schoolboy had to listen to the Miltown and Doonbeg contingent trade football talk. Neither Jim Joe nor his Mullagh friends had much to boast about. Kilmurry-Ibrickane were not a factor on the 1950’s football fields of Clare.“When I was going up on that train, for four years, there was the Miltown boys on one side of me and the Doonbeg boys on the other side discussing their senior championships,” Jim Joe reflected. When he played himself, he was last man back and kept goal for St Mary’s (the then Kilmurry team) and for a year at Ennistymon CBS. To this day, he hasn’t forgotten an underage final in 1958 and the flak that flew primarily his direction. St Mary’s played Miltown in a minor county final. “We …

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Flannan’s wides costly in Harty Cup clash

Thurles CBS  0-17   St Flannan’s  2-10 HARTY Cup holders Thurles CBS are still in line to retain a title they won after a lapse of 53 years last March following a one-point win over St Flannan’s at Claughaun on Wednesday. However, the Ennis side have every reason to be disappointed with this result as they certainly had the chances to at least have drawn if not won the game. The roll-of-honour leaders shot a total of 14 wides in what was quite an entertaining game with some fine hurling and some very good individual displays. At the end of the day, however, the failure of St Flannan’s forward line to capitalise on good possession proved costly and was a major contributory factor to their defeat.They were level for the first of four times after eight minutes before Brian Hehir put St Flannan’s ahead in the 11th minute. A minute later, they struck for the game’s first goal when Niall Arthur …

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Paul Darragh Memorial Award for Shane

IN the world of showjumping, the Paul Darragh Memorial Special Recognition Award is a big honour, so there was understandable elation recently when Shane Carey from Clooney was named as its winner. Shane was presented with the award by Dave Darragh, brother of the late Paul, at the Showjumpers’ Club ball in Kildare.“To be associated with such a prestigious award means so much to Shane. It is an acknowledgement of what he has achieved,” commented his mother, Ann, this week.Shane, who is now 26, is profoundly deaf and according to his mother, “For someone with a disability to be able to do what he loves is brilliant. His whole life is horses and I could not explain how much it means to him to be associated with the name of Paul Darragh. It is really fantastic that his achievements have been recognised,” she said.According to Ann, award winner Shane focused on being a farrier from a young age but he …

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