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Busy Weekend Ahead For Clare Camogie Squads

Derrick Lynch Clare’s 2020 All Ireland senior camogie championship campaign gets underway this weekend when they take on Tipperary in the Ragg on Sunday afternoon. Ger O’Connell’s outfit are part of the three team group along with the Premier and Dublin, with the top two sides advancing to the quarter-finals. The Clonlara clubman admits while it was a challenge to stay focused in such an uncertain year, their mindset was always fixed on reaching this point. “It has been a long year to be fair about it. We were preparing that the championship would eventually happen and we had to have that mindset really. Even when the girls were off from the middle of March, they were still working on their plans and then once the club kicked in we were always seeing how they were in terms of injuries and staying updated on that. We were always being prepared for it because we had to and you could not …

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“It Will Be A Player’s Decision And Whatever They Do, I Will Support Them”

Derrick Lynch Fermanagh manager Ryan McMenamin has outlined his view that it will be a player led decision as to whether they will fulfill their remaining fixtures in Division Two of the National Football League. The Erne County face the prospect of making a 300 mile round trip to Ennis on the same day that the isolation period for a number of their squad affected by Covid-19 elapses. The former All-Ireland winner with Tyrone revealed this week that he had just 11 players at their training sessions on Saturday and Monday last, with 10 members of the squad testing positive for the virus while another seven were in isolation as close contacts. Fermanagh are teetering on the brink of relegation from the second tier as they lie bottom of the standings, two points adrift of safety with two rounds remaining. It means that should they suffer defeat to Clare, regardless of when the game would be played, they will make …

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Coughlan Injury Blow For Clare

One of Clare’s most promising stars has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2020 intercounty season through injury. Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Dermot Coughlan sustained a serious knee injury last week with a scan revealing damage to the cruciate ligament. It means the talented attacker, who was one of the standout performers as Kilmurry claimed the Clare SFC title, will miss the remainder of Clare’s upcoming campaign with crunch Division Two league ties against Fermanagh and Armagh along with a Munster SFC quarter-final clash against Tipperary.  

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Injury Blow For Clare Ahead Of Munster U20 Hurling Campaign

Clare will be without one of their key men when they open their U20 Munster hurling championship campaign on Monday next. Sean Doyle and his management team have been dealt a blow with the news that talisman Aidan McCarthy is ruled out of the game after the Inagh-Kilnamona man suffered a broken thumb. It also leaves him in a race against time to be fit for Clare’s Munster senior hurling quarter-final showdown with Limerick on October 25, with the highly rated star due to be in a cast until just a few days before that tie. Fellow promising Combo star Conner Hegarty is also listed in the extremely doubtful category after he suffered a knee injury, but a broken nose is not expected to keep Shane Meehan from lining out under the lights in Semple Stadium.

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Coughlan Addresses Outbreak Of Covid-19 In Clare Minor Football Squad

Derrick Lynch The manager of the Clare minor footballers has outlined the details surrounding an outbreak of Covid-19 in the squad in recent weeks. It comes as positive cases of the virus were identified in members of the panel following a challenge game against Galway two weeks ago, with the panel having travelled to that fixture by bus. The squad are managed by 1992 Munster championship winner and Kilmurry Ibrickane clubman Dermot Coughlan, who told The Clare Champion that all precautions were taken prior to travelling to the game. “The game was fixed for 7pm on the Friday evening in NUIG and a number of parents had indicated that they were not in a position to travel to it. I approached the county board about getting a bus and spoke to Glynn’s in relation to what was needed. They said it would be a 52 seater with only half that capacity being carried and everyone sitting in their own seat. …

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Clare’s Ella Crowned National Cycling Champion

Derrick Lynch In Clare, we love our traditional music, but we love our cycling as well. It might not be the exact sentiment expressed by Ella Doherty last weekend, but like her fellow Magpie Anthony Daly, she too was crowned a national champion. The Leaving Cert student produced a stunning sprint finish to cross the line first in the National Junior Women’s championships in Limerick, in what has already been a historic year for her. Her performance in the recent Clare championships have been identified as the perfect barometer of her form coming into last weekend as she secured third place overall in a high quality field, becoming the first woman to claim the bronze medal in the race. Ella outlined that while she felt confident coming into the race, the win was unexpected. “It was a big surprise to be honest. I knew I was on form but I hadn’t raced a lot of those girls in a long …

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Clare Soccer League AGM Date Postponed Amid Covid-19 Restrictions With Ryan Set For Chairman’s Role

Derrick Lynch The AGM of the Clare District Soccer League will take place on November 2 should Covid-19 restrictions be eased at that point. Next Monday evening had been pencilled in a possible date for the the meeting but this week’s announcement of Level 3 restrictions mean that plans have had to be put on ice for the time being. It also means that the start date for the new season will now be postponed until after that meeting has taken place, with hopes that the following weekend, November 7/8, will see action resume around the county. There are a number of positions to be filled when clubs eventually gather with chairman, secretary and PRO among the positions currently vacant. It is expected that Kilrush Rangers clubman Jason Ryan will take over from Oliver Fitzpatrick in the chairman’s role after Fitzpatrick brought his tenure to an abrupt end last month. Ronnie Pyne looks set to remain as vice chairman while …

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Cooney Still Hopeful Clare Junior A Football Final Can Be Played In The Coming Weeks

Derrick Lynch The chairman of Clare GAA is hopeful that the last remaining adult championship in the county can still be completed. It is after GAA’s decision to suspend all club games in light of Covid-19 concerns means the Clare Junior A football title will remain vacant for the time being. A GAA management committee meeting on Monday morning cited post match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events as being part of the reason to call a halt to proceedings. The cull on club action means that the last remaining adult championship in final in Clare, which was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, can not now go ahead with the Banner and Ballyvaughan having been set to lock horns for the silverware and a place in the 2021 Clare intermediate championship. The Banner secured the Clare Junior B hurling title last weekend and were bidding for a historic double for the club. In a social media post. …

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