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Where would we be in sport without hype? The Oxford English dictionary describes hype as being ‘extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion’. Who are we to argue with the good people in Oxford? The reason I bring this up is that over the weekend, the online response to people (yours truly included) who dared to ask were the Irish rugby team being unjustifiably hyped up was incredible. Social media tends to be a dark place at the best of times, but you would think that those asking the question had just insulted the last 10 generations of their respondents. A particular favourite of mine was someone telling me to “stick to talking to Tony Kelly because you know nothing about rugby”. Don’t you just love Twitter? Let’s look at the facts though. Ireland were beaten, and let’s be honest, well beaten by England in their home turf at the Aviva Stadium. It was a result that few saw coming, but …

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Colaiste Muire Ennis complete Munster title double

Colaiste Muire Ennis withstood a late fightback from Castletroy Community College before claiming the Munster Colleges Ladies Football D title on a 2-11 to 3-5 scoreline. The Clare side saw a 12-point second-half lead whittled down to just two as the full-time whistle loomed, before a pointed free from player of the match Emma O’Donoghue sealed the win. Coláiste made a blistering start to the game as they raced into a 2-7 to 0-0 lead, with O’Donoghue notching 2-2, including a well-struck penalty and a fine finish from play. Both wing-forwards helped themselves to a brace of points, with Sarah McCann and team captain Niamh McDonagh on target with well-taken scores. Castletroy had two opportunities to score from penalties in the opening half but saw both efforts saved by Coláiste goalkeeper Nouriatou Tchadjobo. They did eventually find the net just before half-time, when Caitlin Bonfil produced a tidy finish and they followed this up with a point soon after but …

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Clare v Cork NHL Clash Switched To Pairc Ui Rinn

The GAA has confirmed that Clare’s National Hurling league clash with Cork will now be played in Pairc ui Rinn. It comes as a statement has been released condemning the surface at Pairc ui Chaoimh, labelling it as unacceptable. The statement in full from the GAA reads: The playing surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for last weekend’s Allianz Leagues games was unacceptable. The heavy pitch-side traffic, associated with the construction works for the new stadium build, has had a detrimental effect on the pitch. As was evident yesterday, in winter conditions, the surface is likely to cut up badly. However, as weather improves the grass roots will develop and playability will improve dramatically. The stadium team have engaged the Sports Turf Research Institute, who are international pitch specialists, to advise on the best way forward. Their preliminary results suggest a pitch replacement, later this year, will be required. In the short term, we will continue to use best endeavours to …

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Clare repel late Kilkenny charge for narrow win

Eoghan Moloney CLARE ran out 2-20 to 1-22 winners over Kilkenny in their Division One National League clash in Cusack Park this afternoon. Goals from John Conlon and Podge Collins were the difference in an encounter where Clare were dominant for long periods but a goal from Kevin Kelly from a free with the last puck of the game ensured the minimum would separate the teams. Kevin Kelly opened the scoring with a free after 45 seconds before Colm Galvin got a fine point from play to level it up straight after. Kelly added a second free a minute later. Cleary started well, winning two battles and a free early. Clare started quickly but had four wides in first five minutes so did not make their early influence felt. Colin Guilfoyle soon set matters straight with a fine catch and point to open his account. Kelly soon added another free as Clare leaked too many scoreable frees in the first …

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Late Tubridy goal seals dramatic draw

David Tubridy’s late goal saw Clare snatch an unlikely draw from this National Football League clash with Armagh in Newry. The Doonbeg man arrowed a dangerous ball across the square in injury time, and it found it’s way to the net see the full-time score finish Clare 2-10 Armagh 1-13. The game was barely 20 seconds old when Dermot Coughlan suffered a serious leg injury which led to the Kilmurry Ibrickane youngster being stretchered from the field. When the action got back underway after a 12 minute stoppage, it was Armagh who struck first through Niall Grimley as he finished off a sweeping team move. Gordon Kelly found himself in space near the Armagh goal just moments later after being sent clear by Kieran Malone, and his shot had to be tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Blaine Hughes. Pierce DeLoughery was called into action twice in quick succession and the Cratloe man answered with two brilliant saves from Stefan …

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Murrihy Confident Clare LGFA Are Ready To Challenge In 2019

James Murrihy is facing into his second year as manager of the Clare Ladies Footballers. His first season in charge saw Clare retain their status in Division Two of the National League, but their championship season came to an end at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Meath. The new campaign gets underway this Sunday against Kerry, but Clare have a few injury concerns ahead of that game, most notably to star attacker Niamh O’Dea who is struggling to be fit after suffering a hamstring injury. Murrihy is confident they’re ready for what’s in store. “It’s probably the toughest start we could have asked for with Kerry first up. They would look at themselves as being in the top 5 teams in the country. From our own point of view, we have to be happy with what we have done since we started back in November. The girls have prepared really well and put in a massive effort so …

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Banner Bidding To Bounce Back In National Football League

Two crucial league points are on offer when Clare make the trip to Newry this Sunday to face Armagh in the second game of their Allianz National Football League Division Two campaign. The Banner make the trip over the border after an encouraging performance against Donegal last weekend, while the Orchard men left Newbridge with a share of the spoils against Kildare. The venue for this game has created plenty talking points, with Armagh being forced to give up home advantage in the Athletic Grounds after breaching a training ban. Former All-Ireland winner with the Ulster men Oisín McConville feels they will be aggrieved at how the sanction was imposed. “The thing about Armagh is that they do tend to play really well in the Athletic Grounds, they’re comfortable there in their own surroundings, but at the same time, Newry isn’t particularly out of the way. The reason why Armagh are so annoyed about it is because the same punishment …

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