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Galvin rejoins Clare hurling squad

Clonlara hurler Colm Galvin has rejoined the Clare senior hurling panel following a brief sojourn in the States. The 22-year-old Clonlara clubman returned  from Boston this Tuesday morning where he has been playing for the Tipperary club for the past two months. Galvin featured on the Clare teams that won All-Ireland U-21 titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014, while he also helped The Banner County to its fourth All-Ireland senior hurling championship title in 2013. The 2013 All-Star midfielder’s return to the Clare panel has been welcomed by senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald. “Ahead of his departure to the US, the management team assured Colm that the door would remain open for his return to the squad should he decide to come home over the course of the summer. During the past couple of weeks Colm expressed his desire to return and through regular communication with his father Kevin, we were only too delighted to invite him to rejoin the …

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Minor team to face Tipperary is named

The Clare team to take on Tipperary in the Munster minor hurling semi-final at Semple stadium in Thurles on Wednesday evening was named after the team went through a light training session at Clareabbey on Monday evening. Players on the starting fifteen are drawn from eleven clubs with Parteen’s Nathan Fox who plays at centre back named as captain.  Padraic McNamara (Kilmaley) has recovered from a leg injury and will take his place on the substitutes bench The team is Jason Loughnane (Sixmilebridge); Declan Power (Smith O’Briens), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Ronan Monahan (Tubber); Darren Chaplin (Broadford), Nathan Fox (Parteen), Capt, Cathal Noonan (Killanena); Colm Fitzgerald (Sixmilebridge), Jack Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Aaron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Michael O’Shea (Smith O’Briens) Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara) Martin Daly (Feakle), Conor O’Halloran (Eire Og); Subs—Killian Nugent (O’C. Mills); Colin Guilfoyle (Newmarket), Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare); Cathaoir Agnew Sixmilebridge); Kieran Galvin (Clonlara), Aidan Kennedy (Kilmaley), Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley), Dean Devanney (Wolfe Tones) Padraic McNamara (Kilmaley) By …

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A Cusack Park double header for Clare

Clare will have home advantage in their first outings in the All-Ireland  hurling and football qualifiers and the games are expected to form a double header at Cusack Park in Ennis on Saturday week, July 4. The hurlers will take on Offaly, while the footballers will also face Leinster opposition, having been drawn against Longford. Following their disappointing loss to Limerick in the Munster championship quarter final some weeks ago, the Clare hurlers will be fancied to return to winning ways against an Offaly side that suffered a shock loss to Laois in the Leinster championship. The footballers also disappointed in their Munster semi-final date with Cork last week. They will be hoping to have at least some of the players who missed that game due to injury back in the side for the visit of Longford, who defeated Carlow in a first round qualifier tie on Saturday last. Confirmation of the times of these fixtures will be available following …

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Way is clear for league semi-finals

The way is clear for the semi-finals of the division 3 and 4 hurling leagues following the final round of group games on Friday and Saturday evenings. A number of play off places in some of the football leagues have also been filled this weekend while the way is clear for the first league final of the season with Killimer through to play Kilmurry-Ibrickane in division 5 thanks to their eight point win over neighbours Kilrush on Friday evening. A one point win for Ml. Cusacks over St. Breckans has given the Carron based club a place in the division 6 league semi-final where they will play Kilmihil on Sunday next with the winners going through to play O’Currys in the final. Meanwhile, Corofin booked a place in the division 3 league play offs with a hard earned two point win over Lissycasey on Friday evening. St.Senans (Kilkee), Liscannor, Kilfenora are battling it out for the remaining two play off …

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Disabled access provisions at Caherlohan

CLARE GAA this week submitted a revised plan to Clare County Council, indicating how disabled accommodation is to be provided in the standing terrace, the development of which is not being pursued at this time, at the board’s centre of excellence in Caherlohan. However, there is nothing to prevent the official opening of the €4.1m facility from going ahead and this has been confirmed to The Clare Champion by both Clare GAA and Clare County Council. The council said, “The Clare County Board was required, as a pre-development condition in the granted planning permission, to submit further details on the proposed new stand at Caherlohan, prior to commencing any development on the site. The council has written to the Clare County Board to advise it that this condition needs to be complied with, notwithstanding that the stand has not been constructed. “The County Board has indicated to the council that it intends submitting further details in the very near future. …

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Clare launch the crossbar challenge

Clare senior hurlers have laid down the gauntlet for their Waterford rivals, nominating the team to take on the crossbar challenge and beat their score of 12. The Clare side is the first county to take on the Charity Crossbar Challenge, which aims to raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation and a local charity of the rivals’ choice for every cross bar hit. A video of the Clare team was recorded during a training session at Cusack Park, on Tuesday evening, including crossbar attempts from manager, Davy Fitzgerald, as well as selectors and other backroom members. It was an evening of fun, as some of the team’s top shooters were off the mark, while a number of players who normally operate behind midfield showed pinpoint accuracy. Davy Fitzgerald, who himself is fitted with two stents, nominated the Waterford senior hurlers to take on the Challenge next and deadline is Monday. See video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFBKSVDvTuk

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Cork ease to 12 point win over injury hit Clare

Cork 1-20 Clare 1-8 THERE is no masking the reality that Clare were easily put away by Cork in Sunday’s Munster semi-final in Pairc Uí Rínn. However what will frustrate Clare is the fact that they spurned at least three reasonably clear cut goal chances. [doptg id=”74″] Gary Brennan, Keelan Sexton and Dean Ryan all had opportunities to net badly needed goals which, at worst, would have helped Clare to keep it competitive. At this level they found that creating those chances is hard enough and they must be taken to have any chance of making a game of it. Instead Cork romped to a 13 point win and a place in the Munster final while Clare won’t have another game for a month, when they enter the All-Ireland qualifiers. Cork led by six points, 0-10 to 0-4 at half time. Ironically Clare could have goaled after just 14 seconds when Gary Brennan won the throw in and playing a …

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Clonlara march on at second attempt

It was a weekend of mixed emotions for Clarecastle GAA followers. In their eagerly awaited senior hurling championship first round replay with Clonlara, they had to give best to the South Clare outfit at Cusack Park on Saturday. A strong start by Clonlara put down a marker and while the eventual winners experienced some anxious moments in the opening ten minutes of the second half when the magpies rallies, there is no doubting the merit of their win. First half goals from Darach Honan and Micheal O’Loughlin helped Clonlara to a ten point interval lead with the score at 2-9 to 0-5. A strong display by their half back trio of Neil Ryan and Oisin O’Brien on the wings and John Conlon in the centre laid the foundation for this win. An early second half goal from Pakie Healy, back in the side following injury which had kept him out of the drawn game, sparked off a good spell for …

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