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This Sporting Life With Derrick Lynch & Eoghan Moloney

It is that time of the year again when as the weekend approaches, thoughts are turning towards club GAA action here in Clare. The football leagues and U-21 hurling championships got underway last weekend and while over the Bank Holiday weekend, the hurling leagues will throw in. With the club month of April on the horizon, parishes will flock to the local pitch to take in the action, and it has to be noted that there were good attendances at the games played last weekend. The flip-side of that of course is that we are in storm season, and with Gareth hitting this week, who knows how many more of his siblings will visit us between now and what will hopefully be a scorcher of a summer. That means while the latter part of the week brings the excitement of the match at the weekend, it also brings the question as to whether the match will go ahead or not, …

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Ennis Native Named In Kenny’s Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad For Euro Qualifier

Clare’s Barry Cotter has been named in Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships qualifier against Luxembourg. The Ennis native is currently plying his trade with Ipswich having made the switch from Limerick FC during Mick McCarthy’s tenure at Portman Road in January 2018. The former Avenue and Ennis Town defender made his debut against Barnsley in April of last year, in a game that would prove to be McCarthy’s last in charge of the club. Ireland will face Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday March 24 with a 5pm kick-off. The finals of the tournament are set to take place in Hungary and Slovakia in June 2021.  

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Newmarket Celtic Bidding For Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final Spot

A huge afternoon awaits for Newmarket Celtic as they side go in search of a place in the Munster Junior Cup semi-finals. The game takes place in McDonough Park, with Pearse Celtic from Cork being the visitors. It marks the beginning of a busy period for the club with a Clare Cup quarter-final and a battle to retain the Premier Division title looming in the coming weeks. Manager Liam Murphy says everyone is looking forward to a massive few days ahead. “It’s fantastic to have both sides competing in the quarter-finals of some of the biggest competitions around. That’s where the club want to be at this time of year so it’s a brilliant weekend ahead. We are going into it after a weekend off which allowed us some breathing space after a very competitive period where we picked up some injuries. We are slowly but surely getting lads back to full fitness ahead of Sunday. Shane Cusack is a …

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Clare Champion Previews Of 2019 Cusack And Garry Cup Opening Rounds

CUSACK CUP PREVIEWS St Joseph’s Miltown v Kilmurry Ibrickane  This game will be as intriguing on the sideline as it will be between the four white lines at Hennessey Memorial Park. Both sides are under new management for 2019, with the nine-in-a-row chasing ‘Bricks back under the stewardship of Aidan ‘Horse’ Moloney. The defending county champions have also stayed local in their search for a new manager, with former boss David O’Brien succeeding his successor Michael Neylon in the role. In some ways it is a pity that this game is the opening one, as both sides will be without their inter-county contingent. That could be a defining factor in the contest, with the hosts minus the services of the likes of Eoin Cleary, Gordon Kelly, Kieran Malone and Cormac Murray. Their visitors will be without Keelan Sexton and the injured Dermot Coughlan, but will still be able to draw on the hugely experienced Enda Coughlan, Martin McMahon, Shane Hickey …

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Race For Clare U21 Hurling Titles Set To Get Underway This Weekend

The race for the Clare U-21 Hurling Championships gets underway this weekend, with games down for decision across all three tiers. Following the GAA’s decision to allow U-17s to play at the grade for the 2019 season, clubs can finally focus fully on what will happen on the field, with some intriguing ties in store. The defending A champions, Inagh-Kilnamona, begin their bid for a second title in the last three years, when they take on Bodyke-O’Callaghan’s Mills in a preliminary-round tie on Sunday. The East Clare outfit are reportedly sweating on the fitness of a number of players but will be able to call on the services of county senior star Gary Cooney, with the Mary Immaculate College student coming into the game off the back of an impressive cameo against Limerick in Cusack Park last weekend. The Combo have an array of talent available to them, with a plethora of underage and senior stars set to feature. County …

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This Sporting Life With Derrick Lynch And Eoghan Moloney

A worrying tweet emerged over the weekend from a guy called Shane Smith. Shane is a Dub and is involved in underage coaching while he also holds a BSc in Sports Science. He detailed some of what can only be described as the lunatic things he had heard were going on with some underage teams. This included U-10 girls on a strength and conditioning program, U-12 boys on a spinning class, parents of an U-6 team requesting that a full on game be arranged, and an U-14 girls coach looking to have GPS trackers used. Just go back and have a read over that last paragraph again to really get a sense of what exactly is happening. Where is the madness going to end? Shane’s tweet was picked up by those who were lamenting the sight of an underage schools game in Ulster which finished on a full time score of 0-2 to 0-1. A video of the game showed …

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Clare Champion And Clare GAA Join Up To Live Stream Action From Clare U21 Hurling Championships

A new collaboration between Clare GAA and The Clare Champion will get underway this weekend, with the live online video streaming on www.clarechampion.ie of the opening round of the Clare U-21A Hurling Championship clash between Kilmaley and Sixmilebridge. The game will be streamed live from Clarecastle GAA Club on Saturday afternoon and will be available on the Clare Champion website and social media channels. The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch will be on commentary for the game, with Clarecastle’s Fergie O’Loughlin on analysis. It is the first of a number of games in the U-21 championship, which will be streamed online, with games in each round up to and including the final set to be broadcast for Clare GAA fans worldwide. Chairman of Clare GAA, Joe Cooney has welcomed the development and feels it will be a positive move. “This move means we are getting our games out to more people around the country and around the world. There will be …

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