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Football final: Reaching for the Stars

Football takes centre stage in Clare this weekend, as Cooraclare and Miltown St Joseph’s prepare to battle it out for the Jack Daly Cup, and the honour of being crowned senior football champions for 2015, at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. To mark the occasion, The Clare Champion has published a 16-page supplement, Reaching for the Stars. Sports editor, Seamus Hayes and football correspondent, Peter O’Connell have interviews with players and well-know club figures on both sides, as well as opinion pieces and the match preview. It’s an all West Clare affair between two teams from traditional football strongholds that have not featured on the senior champions’ roll of honour for some time. Both clubs have enjoyed success at underage and other grades this year, however, which augurs well for their futures. Miltown’s 1990 Clare championship winning team will be honoured at half-time during the final at Cusack Park. A number of players have sons bidding to follow in their footsteps …

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Cooraclare shock favourites

Cooraclare caused a big shock when they defeated the hot favourites Clondegad in the second of the Clare senior football championship semi-finals, played at Kilmihil on Sunday. First half goals from Rory Donnelly and Tadhg Lillis helped Cooraclare to a four point lead at half time when the score was 2-5 to 0-7. Points were exchanged on a number of occasions in the third quarter before Cooraclare  extended their lead with goals from Thomas Downes and substitute Jack Morrissey. To their credit, Clondegad battled back and goals from Paudge  McMahon and Shane Brennan closed the gap but time wasn’t on their side and when the final whistle sounded, Cooraclare were deservingly ahead and through to play Miltown in the final. The final scoreline was 4-10 to 2-13 The senior hurling final pairing is also confirmed after the weekend when Clonlara sealed their place in the final with a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Kilmaley in their semi-final replay at Cusack …

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Martin’s Clonea to Cooraclare fundraising cycle

COORACLARE man, Martin Donnelly, who lives in Meath, has revealed details of a fundraising cycle on June 20 and 21. All proceeds from the two-day cycle, which will start in Clonea and conclude in Cooraclare, will be split between the West Clare Mini Marathon Cancer Fund and St Francis Hospice in Dublin 15. “This cycle is something that has been in my mind for a while,” Martin Donnelly told The Clare Champion. “You’re not going to cycle all that way without having a purpose to it. So I came up with the idea of calling it a Cycle In Remembrance. So people will do this in memory of somebody close to them who has passed away and, at the same time, raise much-needed funds for West Clare Cancer Care and St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown, which is very close to Clonea. There are 60,000 to 80,000 people living in Dublin 15 and they have opened a six-bed hospice. They all …

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Clare GAA has a new President

By Seamus Hayes Cooraclare’s Tadhg Murphy is the new president of Clare GAA. At the May meeting of the board at the West County hotel in Ennis on Tuesday night, he was unanimously elected to the position in succession to the late Henry Nealon from Michael Cusack’s. Proposing Mr Murphy for the position, chairman, Michael McDonagh told the delegates that “at the time Hendi Nealon was elected there was one other candidate for the position, Tadhg Murphy who stood down in favour of the Michael Cusack’s man. Cooraclare’s PJ  McGuane formally seconded the proposal and told the meeting that “Tadhg has a great record. He played for the county at all grades and served as a selector for many years. He is the most successful captain our club ever had”.Visit Site Dominick Conroy from the Michael Cusack’s club supported the nomination and thanked the new president for stepping aside when the late Henry Neylon was elected. Tadhg Murphy told the …

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Award winning Patrick makes light work of cooking

A 22 year old Cooraclare man, who is a student chef at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has won the Student Culinarian of the Year award at the IFEX culinary competition in Belfast. Patrick Phillips, who is in his first year of a Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts in GMIT’s Galway campus, is also employed part-time at Aniar, Galway’s only Michelin Star restaurant. He won the accolade for his starter of goats cheese parfait, main course of pan-fried monkfish and dessert of baked apple. Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, Patrick cited his mother, Emyh, as a major influence in his chosen profession. “It started with my mam, who is from the Philippines, where food is a big part of their culture. I grew up in the kitchen watching her cook. Then in my teens I started watching cookery programmes and I got inspired by the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal. I started experimenting in the …

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Fixtures fiasco drags on and on

THE Clare County Board’s protracted efforts to re-fix the Cooraclare v Doonbeg senior football championship quarter-final had, at the time of going to press on Wednesday evening, failed to find a solution. The game was due to be played last Monday at 2pm in Kilmihil but Cooraclare did not field as one of their players, Enda Considine, father’s funeral mass was at 12noon in Cree on the same day. Had the game gone ahead, it would have been Cooraclare’s third senior football championship match in eight days. They had to wait 78 days between their first and second-round fixtures. Once it became clear that Doonbeg were not about to accept a walkover or hand over a signed team sheet to match referee Michael Talty, the football championship timetable was thrown into chaos. Had Doonbeg submitted a team sheet to the match official, it is likely that the county board would have awarded the game to the Magpies and, in their …

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Stalemate as football quarter-final is not played

WHEN is an apparent walkover not a walkover? Possibly when the team benefiting from said walkover won’t come out of the dressing room and say they don’t want it anyway. Although the majority of people parking their cars in the Kilmihil GAA Club car park must have been aware that their visit would be a short one, they were keen to witness what turned out to be a rather intriguing non-event. Anybody who arrived in Kilmihil unaware that Cooraclare were not showing up would have realised that something was up when their entrance to the car park was free and, more significantly, when they detected the absence of county board gate checkers. Doonbeg warmed up for their quarter-final against Cooraclare as if they were certain their neighbours were doing likewise at the far end of the field, on what was a wintry late October day. Knots of curious supporters from several clubs, including Doonbeg and Cooraclare, indulged in whispered conversations …

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Cratloe take on Cooraclare in championship

By Peter O’Connell BEFORE they head for Sunday’s senior football second round game against Cratloe in Gurteen at 1pm, Cooraclare might have to indulge in some football recognition trials. Will they recognise a size five football when they see one? Cooraclare have played just one championship match this year, defeating Kilrush in Labasheeda on August 3. Since then, they have played no competitive football at all. Cratloe haven’t played any senior football either since beating Kilmurry Ibrickane in their opening championship fixture. Of course, they have hardly been able to lay down their hurleys for more than a day or two, with six Cratloe players part of Clare’s All-Ireland senior winning panel, with Podge Collins and Enda Boyce also in the All-Ireland U-21 winning squad. Throw in two rounds of senior club hurling over the last two weekends and an U-21 Football Championship fixture on Monday of this week and it’s fairly clear that Cratloe haven’t been idle. Whether they …

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