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Clare name new hurling captain

Tubber’s Pat O’Connor is the new Clare senior hurling captain but he won’t have an opportunity to lead the team into action until later in the season due to injury . The team vice captain is Tony Kelly who will lead the team against Cork Two members of the Ballyea team which has reached the All-Ireland final have been named in the Clare team which will begin the defence of the National league title at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening. Jack Browne is named at corner back with Tony Kelly at midfield in a side which includes debutant Cathal Malone at wing forward. The team named for duty is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Jack Browne (Ballyea), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley), Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge); Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge); Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Captain; John Conlon (Clonlara), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), David Reidy (Éire Óg) Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg) By …

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Stack looks back with pride and regret

IT’S 38 years since Seán Stack captained Clare to their last national league title but when he presses the refresh button on the bank of memories, tales flow effortlessly. Most of them are of great times, games and life-long friends but an obstinate regret lingers that Clare failed to deliver a Munster title. The absence of a Munster medal irks Stack and always will. His eyes cannot conceal the hurt. Clare played in three league finals in the mid to late 1970s, losing in ’76 to Kilkenny and beating them in ’77 and ’78. They lost three successive provincial finals in that era. “Frightening isn’t it?” Stack said of the speed with which the years have piled up since. “Would you believe I can still feel the sense in the dressing room, the atmosphere in the camp and the build up to the league finals.” As if they togged together last Sunday, Stack can clearly recall who did what in …

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Shane O’Donnell to captain Clare hurlers

With joint team captains Tony Kelly and Cian Dillon out due to injury, Eire Og’s Shane O’Donnell will captain Clare when they face Kerry in round 4 of the Allianz hurling league on Sunday. There are four changes in personnell from the side which defeated Laois last week. Donal Tuohy, Oisin O’Brien, Colm Galvin and Conor McGrath all start in place of Andrew Fahy Cian Dillon, Colin Ryan and Gearoid O’Connell. The game will mark a first senior competitive start for Clonlara’s Oisin O’Brien who was added to the panel recently. Goalkeeper Donal Tuohy will play his first game in this season’s league campaign. In the absence of full back Cian Dillon, Tubber’s Pat O’Connor is handed the full back role The team is Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Pat O’Connor (Tubber), Paul Flanagan (Ballyea); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), David McInerney (Tulla), Conor Cleary (Miltown St.Josephs); David Reidy (Éire Óg), Conor Ryan (Cratloe); John Conlon (Clonlara), Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), Aaron …

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Miltown man captains u-21 hurlers

History will be made this Wednesday evening when a Miltown Malbay man will captain a Clare under 21 hurling championship team for the first time. Conor Cleary, who plays his club hurling with Kilmaley, will lead Clare from centre back when they face Waterford in the Provincial semi-final. The team includes just one member of the county senior side which lost to Cork last week. Shane O’Donnell, full forward in the senior team, has been named at corner forward for Wednesday’s game as the Banner outfit sets out in search of a fourth successive Munster title. Donal Moloney is the team manager and this year he is assisted by Sean McMahon St. Josephs, Peter Casey (St. Breckans), Kevin O’Grady (Beagh), Kieran Corcoran (Broadford) and Barry Fitzpatrick from Monaleen who is in charge of strength and conditioning. The team is Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin); Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Shane O’Brien (Clonlara); Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley) Conor Cleary (Miltown) Captain, Ben O’Gorman …

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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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Dreams are made of days like this

By Seamus Hayes Days like this are what dreams are made of, a delighted Clare captain Pat Donnellan said shortly after lifting the McCarthy cup on the steps of the Hogan stand following Clare’s magnificent victory. “Going up the steps of the Hogan stand there was absolutely unreal. this is what you think about when you are a young fella. This is just reward for the amount of effort these fellas have put in all year. They deserved to get their day in the sun and we had it today”, the O’Callaghans Mills clubman commented. Asked if he was worried at any stage in the game, he said “you don’t get worried but you are conscious that you must answer what they are doing. We did that today and score for score we tried to answer them as much as possible. when they drew level, we kicked on again”. “Cork are a class team and they were never going to …

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