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Investment pays off for Croke Park-bound Kilmurry

THE distance between Quilty and Croke Park is 173 miles. On March 17, Kilmurry-Ibrickane supporters should make it there in about three and a half hours.If the journey time glides by as enjoyably as the hour it took Kilmurry to dismantle Portlaoise in the Gaelic Grounds last Sunday, the Kilmurry cavalcade could walk backwards to Dublin and probably still make Croke Park for the 3.45pm throw-in on St Patrick’s Day. Never in the history of Clare GAA has a football team from the county nailed down their place in an All–Ireland final, 17 minutes before the semi–final has finished. When Noel Downes stroked home Kilmurry’s goal 13 minutes into the second half, Kilmurry knew they had made it. Nine points ahead and with two men more than Portlaoise, they had secured a Clare place in an All–Ireland football final for the first time since the county’s minors were beaten in the 1953 decider. Ten years ago, the then Kilmurry U-14 …

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