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Ryan Recalls Glory Days For St Flannan’s Harty Hurling

When St Flannan’s were in their Harty Cup pomp early in the millennium, one man who was central to a lot of their great days out was Newmarket’s Colin Ryan. The 2013 All-Ireland winner enjoyed huge success during his time at the Ennis school with two Harty Cup titles along with a Croke Cup to round off a golden era. He says that time in St Flannan’s was a special period. “It was where the real love of hurling started, and it was great going to school every day with a hurley in my hand and training four days a week with lads you would never have played with. It was the first taste of bringing clubs together and I suppose there was an element too of lads being mad to get out of school for a small bit too and bond. When we look back on the amount of games we played and the amount of time we missed, …

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Darragh Healy Bidding To Follow In His Father’s Footsteps

WINNING A Harty Cup is a special moment in any hurler’s life. The prestigious Munster hurling competition is fervently followed by Alumni and current pupils alike, brightening up many a wet winter Wednesday with white-hot competition on the hurling field. Pat Healy was lucky enough to “share that special bond” with his St Flannan’s side that reigned victorious in 1987, before capturing All-Ireland glory, and the Clarecastle man is hoping his son Darragh can now do the same this Saturday. “Hopefully they get over the line and win it but when you are 17 or 18 you may not always appreciate the moment or that the people you play with Saturday, that you will have a bond with that group forever. And that’s not an overestimation. Ger Rodgers, who I played with all those years ago, text me before the abandoned final recently to wish Darragh well. And that’s 33 years after we won it. That will supercede any one …

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Planning Permission Granted For New Stand At The Home Of Clare Soccer

The Clare District Soccer League has been granted conditional planning permission to construct a stand at Frank Healy Park in Doora. The application to the local authority was to “build a new spectator stand with dressing rooms and storage areas underneath, upgrade the existing waste water treatment system and all associated site and ancillary works”. Conditional permission was granted last week, with one of the conditions being that a new wastewater holding tank be installed. The grounds were named after the late Frank Healy in 2016 in memory of the contribution that the former chairman of the league had made to the game in Clare.

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The Final Whistle With Liam Murphy

There were two things that were obvious in the build up to last Saturday evening’s Oscar Traynor encounter in Doora. The weather was going to be poor and this Wexford team weren’t coming to Ennis to make up the numbers. With the exception of the first 15 minutes where Clare threatened with some early set pieces, their performance over the course of the game, like the number of supporters in attendance, was very poor particularly when you consider it was an All Ireland Quarter Final. On paper before the game kicked off, it was obvious that this Clare side, albeit minus the aerial threat of Stephen Kelly, had the potential to claim a home win and book a semi final spot. If I could handpick an attacking quartet from Clare Soccer based on talent and skill, I would most definitely end up with Hayes, Roche, McCarthy and Mahoney as my favoured choice to provide the fire power to beat this …

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2020 Clare LGFA Club Leagues Underway This Weekend

The 2020 Clare Ladies football club leagues get underway this weekend with games across the four divisions. The top tier comprises of six teams, with defending league champions Banner Ladies, senior championship holders Kilmihil, intermediate champions Cooraclare, West Clare Gaels, Cuíl Gaels and Doora Barefield all vying for honours. The first weekend of games sees Banner Ladies taking on West Clare Gaels, Cooraclare host Cuíl Gaels while Kilmihil go to Doora Barefield. There will be plenty interest in Division Two, where Kilmurry Ibrickane make their return to action following a number of absent years. The Síle Callinan Memorial 7’s winners will face neighbours Miltown along with Burren Gaels, Eire Óg, Kilrush and Fergus Rovers. Kilmurry take on Kilrush in the opening round while the other ties see Miltown travel to face Burren Gaels with Eire Óg hosting Fergus Rovers. Division Three will be contested by Clarecastle, Doora Barefield (2), Liscannor, Clooney and Junior A champions Doonbeg. Division Four comprises of …

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St Joseph’s Doora Barefield To Host 2020 Ger Hoey Memorial Cup Showdown

THIS Friday evening, the late Ger Hoey will be honoured and remembered when Tullaroan, the Intermediate All-Ireland club champions of Kilkenny, take on an AIB employee team in St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield GAA in a memorial match for the Ger Hoey Cup. This year will mark the first year the game is held in Clare and the organisers are hoping to attract a sizable crowd to Gurteen for the 6:30pm throw-in. Ger, who passed away suddenly in February 2009, was a long-serving employee of AIB – as well as a member of their GAA club – and the company set up the memorial match in his honour following his untimely passing. AIB have sponsored the club championships for 29 years and with Ger being a winner of the 1999 All-Ireland club title with Doora-barefield, they felt this was the right way to honour his memory. “Usually the game was on the day before Paddy’s day in Dublin but with the GAA …

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Brave Banner Just Come Up Short In Munster U20 Football Semi-Final

Munster U-20 Football Semi-Final: Cork 1-12 Clare 2-7 A spirited finish from Clare was not enough to reel in Cork as the Rebels held off a late surge to advance to another decider where they will defend their title. Clare will rue missed scoring chances with 11 wides over the course of the contest while a poor third quarter where Cork reeled off 0-7 without reply would prove decisive. There has been plenty talk in both counties about commemorative jerseys to mark the efforts of local heroes of the War of Independence, but it was the Rebel county who found themselves in the eye of an ambush worthy of Rineen at half-time. With 15 minutes on the clock, Cork led 1-2 to 0-1 and were looking well in control of proceedings. They were causing problems for the Clare kick-out and the quality of delivery to the inside line yielded several scoring chances. Tom O’Brien was called into action inside the …

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Miltown Confirm Appointment Of New Senior Football Manager For 2020

The Clare senior football champions have appointed their new manager. Cork native Ned English will take up the reins in Miltown for the coming season, with his backroom team to be finalised in the coming weeks. English, who runs the Castlecor Potato company, has extensive experience at club level having managed numerous teams in both Cork and Limerick. He was also in the running to be Cork senior football manager in 2015. He takes over from David O’Brien who stepped down after a year in charge which saw him lead his native club to the Cusack Cup and championship double. Elsewhere two of Clares best known GAA figures are combining in an effort to win the Limerick senior hurling title. All Ireland winning Clare selector Tony Considine has been appointed as manager of Kilmallock for the coming year. His backroom team includes Kilmurry Ibrickanes Odran O’Dwyer as the strength and conditioning coach. The former international rules star is also coaching …

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