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Clare And Tipperary Set For Munster LGFA Intermediate Showdown

Clare and Tipperary renew rivalries once more this weekend in the Munster Ladies Intermediate Football championship. These sides have clashed regularly in the past number of seasons, but 2018 saw them operate at opposite ends of the championship spectrum. The Premier spent a season as a senior outfit, but found life in the top tier difficult. It saw them relegated back down to intermediate for the coming season, and the first of a potential hat-trick of showdowns against their neighbours comes this Saturday at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town. It could be something of a damp squib, with Tipperary’s crushing victory over Limerick a fortnight ago all but assuring them of a place in the decider, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s showdown. For Clare’s part, they know they must face Limerick in the final round robin game where victory there would see them through. Given that the Banner hammered the Shannonsiders in last year’s de facto final, it …

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This Sporting Life

A few weeks back we told you the story of the letters sent to former inter-county referee Rory Hickey in the aftermath of a Munster Football Final between Cork and Limerick. Our neighbours across the Shannon were not happy with a penalty decision in the game, and one individual was so aggrieved that he cut letters out of magazines to create a letter to post to Hickey’s home house. It sparked the debate of the culture within the GAA of the referee being a target of verbal abuse on the field when something does not go a team’s way. It is not right, it is certainly something that needs to be looked at and there can be no question but that addressing the culture element is central if it is going to be cracked down on. Across the GAA in particular, lads mouthing is an accepted part and parcel of the game and something that has just been accepted as …

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Lahinch Golf Club Professional Hopeful Of Lasting Legacy From Irish Open

If any of the players hoping to claim glory at this year’s Irish Open in Lahinch Golf Club want to have an edge on the field, they could do worse than spend a morning with the club’s PGA professional Donal McSweeney. The Cork man has been a mainstay at the North Clare club for the past six years, having spent the previous 20 working in a similar role in Limerick. During that time, he has tutored some of the regulars at the club on how best to improve their game in order to get the best results. He is clearly a popular figure around the course, with everyone eager to greet him and see can they glean that little bit of golfing gold from him as they do. He has been involved in the game since a very young age, as he was reared close to the local golf club in his native Charleville. He says golf has always been …

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Clare Facing Into Lion’s Den For Munster MFC Showdown With Kerry

Clare take on Kerry this evening in the second round of the Munster Minor Football championship Phase Two. Dermot Coughlan’s side make the trip to Austin Stack Park in Tralee to face a Kingdom outfit who are bidding for a sixth provincial title. The Banner come into the game off the back of a 3-9 to 0-14 loss against Cork last week, meaning they must beat Kerry in order to progress to the provincial decider. 2019 has seen Clare already play five games in the newly revamped minor series, and claimed silverware after beating Tipperary in the Phase One Darrel Darcy final. Manager Dermot Coughlan is looking forward to the challenge. “It is all coming down to our last game which is our fifth of the year. We are coming in off the back of a real championship game against Cork last week in Cusack Park. It is all down to this one now and we know we have to …

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Newmarket Celtic Complete Clean Sweep Of Domestic Soccer Titles

Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup Final: Newmarket Celtic A 3-0 Avenue United A Newmarket Celtic completed a clean sweep of all top level domestic soccer titles in Clare with a comfortable win over rivals Avenue United on Tuesday night. It means the Liam Murphy and Davy Ryan coached side can now add this title to the league and cup crowns as they put the icing on a remarkable domestic season for the club. The victory also continued their recent dominance over their Ennis rivals, who are the team that pushed them closest in both the league and cup throughout the season. The last time they met in Frank Healy Park was in the Clare Cup semi-final, when only a second-half David Reidy goal separated the sides. Newmarket A showed no complacency in their team selection with all the big hitters included despite having the Clare Cup final just four days previously. It showed on the pitch as they dominated the …

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Late Rebel Rally Denies Brave Banner In Munster MFC Phase Two Clash

Munster Minor Football Championship Phase Two Round Two: Clare 0-14 Cork 3-9 A late Cork rally saw them overcome a spirited Clare in this Munster Minor Football Phase Two contest. After an entertaining opening period, the sides headed for the dressing rooms deadlocked thanks to a brilliantly struck “45 from Jamie Stack. It was no more than Clare deserved in particular after they stormed into the contest to kick the opening two scores. As ever, Shane Meehan was prominent throughout as he caused problems for the Cork defence with every possession. A trend would develop in the first half which saw the Banner captain fouled on almost every occasion that he won the ball, and he punished the Rebels with 0-3 from placed balls in the first-half. The first of these came after just three minutes, and the Ennistymon duo of Brendan Rouine and Diarmuid Fahy combined for Fahy to notch Clare’s second from the resultant kick-out. The visitors to …

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Draws Made For 2019 Clare GAA Club Championships

The draws for the 2019 Clare GAA club championships have thrown up some mouth-watering pairings across both codes. Clare Senior and Intermediate Football Championships The new look 13-team Clare senior football championship will see one of the main contenders exit the race for Jack Daly at the group stages, as 2016 finalists Cratloe have been paired with 2017 finalists Clondegad and 2014 finalists Eire Óg. Following a recommendation from the football review committee, last year saw five teams relegated from the top tier in an effort to create a more competitive championship at both senior and intermediate levels. One of the stipulations involved was the accommodation of a group team if one materialised. That led to Loop Head peninsula neighbours Naomh Eoin and O’Curry’s deciding to take their successful underage pairing all the way through to adult level, while also competing individually at the intermediate grade. It was also decided to seed the semi-finalists from the 2018 championship for the …

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