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Death of former councillor Colm Wiley

The death occurred last night (Wednesday) of Mr Colm Wiley of Bodyke, former Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. A popular figure in his parish and throughout the county, Mr Wiley was a Fianna Fáil representative on the council for 30 years. Some years back, he was honoured at a special function in Mountshannon attended by the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen. During his time as a member of Clare County Council, he held a number of positions, including as chairman of the council itself from 1994 to 1995. During his time in the council, Mr Wiley he saw 16 councillors pass on the chain of office and worked with five county managers. He started out with Fianna Fáil while working in Dublin in 1959, where he attended meetings at the party’s Dublin South Central branch at a time when the then Taoiseach Seán Lemass was also a member. Mr Wiley went to England for work before returning to Ennis to contest …

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Clare hurlers face a tough Tipp challenge

TIPPERARY did not compete in the recent Munster Senior League, opting instead to concentrate on preparation for what most see as a huge year for the team. Favourites to win last year’s All-Ireland title, there was disappointment amongst their followers when they went out of the race to eventual champions Galway at the semi-final stage. After taking time out to consider their next move, manager Michael Ryan and his team agreed to continue for another term and all reports suggest they have prepared well for the new season. They hammered Galway champions Liam Mellows in a recent friendly and, according to reports, such was their sharpness that Clare will face a tough test when the sides meet in the opening round of the National Hurling League at Cusack Park on Sunday, where the throw-in will be at 2pm. It is expected that Clare will be picking from a panel similar to that which was available for the Munster League final, …

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Strong Clare team for NHL opener

  Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Tipperary in the Round 1 of the   National Hurling League at Cusack Park in Ennis at 2.00pm on Sunday.   The team is: 1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen) 2. Jack Browne (Ballyea) 3. Conor Cleary (St Josephs Miltown) 4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) 5. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) 6. David McInerney (Tulla) 7. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge) 8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara) 9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) 10. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge) 11. John Conlon (Clonlara) 12. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis) 13. Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg Inis) 14. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) 15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe) SUBSTITUTES: 16. Ronan Taaffe (Tubber) 17. Mikey O’Malley (Kilmaley) 18. Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea) 19. Ian Galvin (Clonlara) 20. Daragh Corry (Tulla) 21. Podge Collins (Cratloe) 22. Niall Deasy (Ballyea) 23. Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin) 24. Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara) 25. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) 26. Mikey O’Neill (Kilmaley) Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

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2018 under 21 hurling pairings

Clare under 21 A hurling champions, Feakle-Killanena will begin the defence of the title with a game against their neighbours, an amalgamation of Bodyke-O’Callaghans Mills. The draw was made at this Thursday evening’s county board meeting with nine teams in the hat for the A title. Clarecastle and Kilmaley will meet in a preliminary round with the winners going through to face Wolfe Tones in a quarter final. The full under 21 A draw is; Preliminary round; Clarecastle v Kilmaley; Quarter finals; 1—Wolfe Tones v Clarecastle or Kilmaley; 2-Feakle-Killanena v Bodyke/O’C.Mills; 3-Inagh-Kilnamona v St. Josephs; 4-Newmarket v Sixmilebridge’; Semi-finals; 4 v 3; 2 v 1; Under 21 B; Byes to A-Cratloe; B-Scariff-Ogonnelloe; C-Smith O’Briens; Round 1; D-Broadford v Clooney,-Quin; E; Ballyea v Clonlara; F Whitegate v O’C.Mills; G; Corofin-Ruan v Tulla; H; Crusheen-Tubber v Eire Og; Quarter finals; 1; F v D; 2; B v H; 3; A v C; 4; G v E; Semi-finals; 2 v 3 and 4 …

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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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Bugler lays it all out

A “one-size-fits-all approach” to training was instrumental in Brendan Bugler’s decision to retire from inter-county hurling at the end of 2017. In an article he penned last week for AIB’s website, the Whitegate man said he was annoyed at this approach to training. “Motivation and enthusiasm are two key ingredients to becoming an inter-county player. It’s grand when you’re 19 or 20 years of age and you’re sitting there in a lecture hall counting down the hours until you can go training, buzzing to get out onto the field, irrespective of what time of the year it is, no responsibilities; but that can’t go on forever. “Physically, the pre-season hard slog was never a problem but as the seasons passed, it became mental torture. That motivation and enthusiasm wasn’t there in the last year. How could it be? As you grow older in life, you pick up more and more responsibilities, so your family and your career have to become …

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Shannonside deby hurling final

Beaten by a point by Cork in last year’s final, Limerick will be keen to go a step further and capture the Munster Senior Hurling League title. While Cork followers were ultimately disappointed when the side didn’t go on to contest the All-Ireland decider, patrons will point to the fact that following their Munster league win, they won the Munster championship title, beating Clare in the final. This statistic is something that will not have escaped either Clare or Limerick. In the overall picture, winning the Munster league isn’t a priority but both Clare and Limerick have used the competition to give game-time to players. Many will argue that both sides have used a greater number of regulars than other counties currently competing in their respective provincial leagues, so it’s reasonable to assume that both will name fairly strong line-up for Sunday’s final. Clare and Limerick clashes tend to be lively affairs, whether it be a challenge, provincial, national league …

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Hurling team shows ten changes

The Clare senior hurling team to play Cork tomorrow in round 2 of the Munster league shows ten changes to the starting line up from that which faced Kerry last week Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona) replaces Donal Tuohy in goal, Eoin Quirke (Whitegate) and team captain Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) come in for Jack Browne and Rory Hayes in the corner back positions while David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) and Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge) are named aright and left wing back respectively in place of Diarmuid Ryan and Mikey O’Malley. David Reidy makes way for Colm Galvin (Clonlara) at midfield while Colm’s brother Ian Galvin comes in for clubmate John Conlon at wing forward, Cratloe’s Billy Connors will make his debut at corner forward in a line completed by Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) and Conor McGrath (Cratloe) and this trio replace last week’s full forward line of Cathal O’Connell, Shane O’Donnell and Gary Cooney. Cork have also made a number of changes from the side which …

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