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Magnificent minors bridge 23-year gap

Clare 3-13   Limerick 0-12 FOR up to half an hour after the final whistle at the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday evening, Clare supporters, the team and management celebrated in an ecstatic huddle. For the first time in 23 years, a Clare minor football team will play in a Munster minor football final this summer. Managed by Seamus Clancy, they produced a superb second-half display, outscoring Limerick 2-8 to 0-2. It took Clare almost four minutes longer than Limerick to emerge for the second half and referee David Murnane almost deafened the 1,007 attendance with his increasingly shrill blowing of his whistle. However, Clare were justified in taking their time at that point. They emerged a different team and immediately took the game to Limerick. Ironically, they did the same thing at the start of the first half and led 1-2 to 0-2 after five minutes. Paudie Kelly deflected home the goal, after it was put on a plate for him by …

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GAA championship draws

The draw for the intermediate and junior A hurling and the junior A football championships was made at the March meeting of Clare GAA which took place this Tuesday evening at the Woodstock hotel. Kilmaley who were relegatedfrom senior at the end of last year will meet their neighbours and arch rivals Inagh-Kilnamona in a first round tie. Last year’s beaatenfinalists Broadford will face Sixmilebridge 1 while Sixmilebridge 2 will be up against Parteen. The details are Intermediate hurling; Clonlara v Clarecastle; Ruan v Cratloe; Corofin v Killanena; Inagh-Kilnamona v Kilmaley; Tubber v Scariff; Smith O’Briens v Newmarket; Broadford v Sixmilebridge 1; Sixmilebridge 2 v Parteen Junior A hurling Group 1; Broadford, Ennistymon, Clooney-Quin, St. Josephs, Kilmaley; Group 2; Crusheen, Meelick, Ballyea, Eire Og Group 3; Wolfe Tones, Ogonnelloe, O’Callaghans Mills, Bodyke Junior A football Group 1; Cratloe, Killimer, Clooney-Quin, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Moy Group 2; Naomh Eoin, Cooraclare, Ballyvaughan, Ennistymon; Group 3; Wolfe Tones,Eire Og, Miltown, Lissycasey; Group 4; Kilrush, Michael …

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Twenty eight teams chase U-21 hurling honours

Twenty eight teams will compete for the under 21  hurling titles (A, B and C) in 2017 and the draws which were made at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey this evening have thrown up some interesting pairings. Inagh-Kilnamona, defending champions in the A division will face Wolfe Tones in a quarter final tie. The full draw is; Under 21 A; 1-Feakle-Killanena v Kilmaley; 2 Clonlara v Eire Og; 3-Sixmilebridge v Newmarket; 4-Inagh-Kilnamona v Wolfe Tones; Semi-finals 4 v 3 and 2 v 1 Under 21 B; Preliminary rounds; A; Crusheen-Tubber v Cratloe; B-Clarecastle v Broadford; C; Scariff-Ogonnelloe v Smith O’Briens. Quarter finals; D; St.Josephs v C; E; Ballyea v O’C. Mills; F; Clooney-Quin v B; G; Tulla v A; Semi-finals; F v G and D v E; Under 21 C; Preliminaary round; A; Kilmaley v Whitegate; Quarter finals; B; Ennistymon v Scariff; C; Eire og v Corofin; D; Parteen-Meelick v Ruan; F; A v Bodyke Semi-finals ; E v C …

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Wolfe Tones face the champions in hurling and football

Wolfe Tones will face the reigning champions in the first round of both the Clare senior hurling and football championships in 2017. The Shannon club’s name was last out of the drum in both draws which were made at the February meeting of Clare GAA tonight. The footballers will face Kilmurry-Ibrickane while the hurlers will take on All-Ireland finalists Ballyea. Delegates rejected the masters fixtures proposal to have the first round of the football championship on the first weekend in May opting instead for a June 10/11 or June 17/18 date. The first round of the hurling championship will go ahead on the weekend of May 13/14. The draw for the under 21 hurling championship will take place on this Thursday night at Clare GAA headquarters in Clareabbey after a number of clubs asked to put their case to the CCC as to why they should be in a lower grade. The following draws were made Senior Hurling;  Miltown v …

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‘Horse’ ready to lead Kilmurry over final hurdle

A championship-winning captain in 1993 and 2002, Aidan ‘Horse’ Moloney picked up his third medal in 2004. Player-manager as far back as Kilmurry’s 1999 county final defeat to Doonbeg, Moloney has extensive club management experience built up since 2006. Over the last 10 years he has managed Shannon Gaels, Cooraclare, Kilrush and Kilkee, bringing Kilrush to within a point of Kilmurry in the 2012 county semi-final replay and winning a Cusack Cup with Cooraclare in 2009. Moloney played in five county finals with Kilmurry but it wasn’t all rosy in the garden. Incredibly, Kilmurry did not win a single championship game in Moloney’s first 10 years of playing senior club football. “When I could kind of play football, we were struggling. We were harmless enough,” is how the 1992 Munster championship winner with Clare phrased it. “We won a minor in 1980 and 1981. A lot of that team went on to win the championship in 1993. Martin Cahill, Martin …

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Kilmaley and Newmarket face relegation final

Shock results continued in the Clare senior hurling championship this Saturday afternoon as Tulla secured a quarter final spot while both Inagh-Kilnamona and Whitegate secured their senior status for next season when they overcame Newmarket and Kilmaley respectively. All three winners went into their games this Saturday afternoon as underdogs. Having two players sent off and the loss of a further two to injury proved too much for a fancied OCallaghans Mills who had to give best to their neighbours Tulla at Cusack Park. Tulla had a dream start with a superb goal from Darragh Corry in the opening minute but a like score from Michael McGrath in the eighth minute had the Mills in front and they went on to open a three point gap by the end of the opening quarter. Tulla hit back and were one in front as half time approached when the Mills were reduced to fourteen men as Aidan O’Gorman was shown a red …

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Clare U-21 hurlers defeated by Waterford

Waterford   3-23 Clare   1-11 While the writing was on the wall at half-time when Clare led by just two points, after playing with the aid of a strong wind, few would have predicted the margin of victory in Wednesday’s Munster U-21 Hurling Championship semi-final. Played before an attendance of 4,126 at a sunny Walsh Park, a blistering start to the second half saw Waterford score 2-6 in eight minutes without reply. Heading into this game, Waterford fans were concerned how their side would perform just three days after the senior team suffered a heavy defeat to Tipperary in the Munster final but they went away happy that the future of the Déise’s hurling looks solid. The senior panellists were superb, none more so than the full-forward trio of Patrick Curran and the Bennett brothers, Shane and Stephen. On the other hand, Clare’s senior panellists failed to impress, which must be a concern ahead of next week’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Galway. …

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Miltown and Cooraclare in County final repeat

A repeat of last year’s Clare senior football final between Miltown St Josephs (winners) and Cooraclare is one of the attractions in the second round of the Clare senior football championship. The draw for both the winners and losers sections was made at a meeting of the CCC this Monday evening but dates have yet to be set and will be influenced by inter county fixtures involving the county senior hurlers and footballers who are in qualifier action over the next two weekends. West Clare neighbours Doonbeg and St.Senans, Kilkee should prove another interesting tie along with the meeting of Lissycasey and Cratloe. The full draw is; Winners section; Doonbeg v St. Senans, Kilkee; Miltown St. Josephs v Cooraclare; Lissycasey v Cratloe; St. Breckans v Kilmurry-Ibrickane. Losers section; St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield v Wolfe Tones; Ennistymon v Kilrush; O’Currys v Eire og; Corofin v Clondegad. By Seamus Hayes

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