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A whistle calls for 30 new refs

CLARE referees are getting old and their representative association in the county is very keen to recruit up to 30 new whistlers for an upcoming training course. There are 39 active referees currently, with 70% of them over 40 and 10% over 60. Inter-county referees Rory Hickey and Rory McGann are adamant that a new injection of younger folk in black is imperative, with just five referees aged under 30. “We’re getting older. Clubs might be sick of looking at us but there is no one else. In Clare, we have an older demographic in our referees’ association. We need to be pumping new people into it,” Rory Hickey told The Clare Champion this week. Hickey has been refereeing since 2000 and has taken charge of seven county finals, while Rory McGann took charge of the 2016 drawn hurling final. Both are aiming to make it back to the list of inter-county referees this year and will know this weekend, …

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Munster GAA Council splash the cash

THE Munster GAA Council has announced details of the 2017 Development Grant Scheme, which has provided €1,004,700 in funding for club and school capital development projects. Clare received €118,600 from 10 applications, Cork received €344,229 from 38 applications, Limerick received €185,258 from 18 applications, Kerry received €93,308 from 15 applications, Tipperary received €202,413 from 23 applications and Waterford received €60,886 from seven applications. Funding is allocated based on the amount spent and on the category of development. Local clubs were presented with their cheques at Clareabbey on Monday. According to council chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan, “These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing close on €7,750,000 million in upgrading their facilities. This level of expenditure is testament to the strength of the GAA in the province and reflects the impressive vision of our clubs to continually improve facilities for players and supporters alike. The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we …

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Recalling 1917 football All-Ireland final

Almost 100 years to the day of Clare’s only All-Ireland senior football final appearance, the names of the players and mentors who were part of the panel, the clubs they represented, the results of each round, the venues where they played and the dates on which the games took place have all been recorded on a poster, framed and put on display at Clare GAA headquarters at Clareabbey. The framed document was handed over to Clare GAA during the senior footballers’ medal presentation ceremony at Tubridy’s in Doonbeg last Saturday night, in the presence of a number of relatives of those involved in 1917. Kilkee native JT Larkin and his brother, Michael, who played senior football with the county for a number of years, were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. “Michael is a newsagent in Miltown and various people coming in to his shop this year raised the topic and asked if some commemoration was to take place. …

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Under 21 football re-drawn

A new draw for the under 21 A and B football championship was made this week after Wolfe Tones applied to be upgraded from the B grade to the A division. Thirteen teams will now compete for the A title with just six in the B competition. The details are Under 21 A; Byes to A- Wolfe Tones, B-Ennistymon and C-Ml. Cusacks /Kilfenora/ Liscannor; Preliminary Round; 1-D-Eire Og v Kilmihil/Shannon Gaels; E-Lissycasey v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; F-Cooraclare v St. Breckans; G-Kilrush-Killimer v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; H—Naomh Eoin/O’Currys v Miltown St. Josephs; Quarter finals; 1—G v C; 2—D v A; 3—B v F; 4—E v H Semi-finals; 2 v 1 and 4 v 3 Under 21 B; Byes to A—Cratloe and B—Clooney-Quin; Quarter finals; C—Corofin v Clarecastle; d—Doonbeg v Clondegad; Semi-finals; A v B; C v D.

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Under 21 football pairings

Twelve teams will compete for the under 21 A football championship in 2017, the draw for which was made this Tuesday evening at Clareabbey. There will be four preliminary round games with four teams receiving byes to the quarter finals Title holders Kilmurry-Ibrickane will face the Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil combination in the opening round. The full draw is; Under 21 A–Preliminary round; E—Naomh Eoin/O’Currys v Ennistymon; F—Shanon Gaels/Kilmihil v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; G—Eire Og v Lissycasey H—Cooraclare v St. Josephs, Doora-Barefield; Quarter finals; 1—F v H; 2-Ml. Cusacks/Kilfenora/Liscannor v G; 3 E v Kilrush-Killimer; 4—S. Breckans v Miltown St. Josephs. Semi-finals; 1 v 3; 4 v 2 Under 21 B Quarter finals; 1—Condegad v Clarecastle; 2 Clooney-Quin v Cratloe; 3 Wolfe Tones v Corofin Semi-finals; 1 v Doonbeg; 2 v 3 Under 21 C; Banner v Kildysart with winners to play Coolmeen in the final

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Interesting football semi-final pairings

The odds on neighbours and arch rivals Kilmurry-Ibrickane (holders) and Miltown St. Josephs meeting in the final of the Clare senior football championship have shortened after the semi-final draw kept them apart. No doubt, however, Cratloe and Clondegad, the other two clubs still in the running for the Jack Daly cup,  will also have their eyes on the big day in Clare football. Two keenly contested semi-finals are in store and supporters of all four teams are confident that their favourites  will contest the final Cratloe will play Kilmurry-Ibrickane while Clondegad will take on Doonbeg in the semi-finals which are set for Saturday/Sunday week. The junior semi-final pairings have also been decided and here Eire Og will take on Ml. Cusacks while Kilmurry-Ibrickane will face Naomh Eoin and both of these games will also take place on Saturday/Sunday week In the minor B hurling championship the semi-final pairings are Cratloe v Tulla and Clonlara v Broadford/Smith O’Briens  

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Way is clear for senior football semi-finals

The remaining two semi-final places in the race for the county senior football title were filled this afternoon. Cratloe justified favouritism when they proved too strong for Ennistymon at Cusack Park, repeating their first round victory over the North Clare side. This time the margin was greater as Cratloe progressed with twelve points to spare, 3-13 to1-10. Goals from Podge Collins and Cathal McInerney inside the first ten minutes helped them to a ten point lead by the twentieth minutes. A third goal from Billy Connors saw them lead by twelve at half time when the score was 3-6 to 0-3 and by this stage they had replaced Podge Collins who was a doubtful started due to a leg muscle injury. In an effort to improve matters Ennistymon resumed with Conor Dillon and Sean O’Driscoll in their line up in place of Michael O’Dwyer and Ciaran Devitt as they sought to improve their position. Cratloe kicked the first three points …

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Síle did not allow CF to define her

SÍLE Callinan lived a very full life and central to that was her love of football. The Cree girl sadly passed away on March 17 this year, aged just 26, having suffered a collapsed lung, brought on by Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Her death left her family and fiancé devastated. Síle was the youngest of Paddy and Mary Callinan’s three daughters and engaged to Micheál Talty, Quilty. She was a primary school teacher and worked as a resource teacher in Cree, Cooraclare and Kilrush, while Síle also taught at Labasheeda National School for a year. While her sister Anne-Marie and Micheál are certain that the last thing Síle would want is a fuss, they are leading the organisation of a 12-team seven-a-side ladies’ football tournament in Cooraclare on Saturday, October 7. “My dad has a big interest in football and the three of us played. Síle started at corner-back and she was moved up to the forwards but she didn’t hold …

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