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Murphy And Ryan Call Time On Newmarket Celtic Management Roles

Newmarket Celtic are on the lookout for new management after Liam Murphy and Davy Ryan announced they are stepping down from the role. The pair have overseen, arguably, the most successful period in the club’s history, with this season seeing Newmarket Celtic clinch an eighth consecutive Clare Cup title along with back-to-back league crowns and the Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup. They went through the domestic season unbeaten, winning every game in all three competitions that they took part in. This year’s Clare Cup victory was a fourth success for the Murphy/Ryan management combination, while they also won all six league titles that they were in charge for during their two recent spells at the helm. One man who has seen what the duo have achieved at close hand is star striker David McCarthy. The double Oscar Traynor winner has worked with the pair at both club and county level and knows they have brought great glory days to the …

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Clare U-20 Footballers Ready To Begin 2019 Season

Clare get their U-20 football campaign underway this weekend when they take on Westmeath in the first game of new Inter County U-20 Football Development League. Seamus Clancy’s side take on Westmeath in Hennessey Memorial Park in Miltown on Saturday afternoon with the game set for a 2pm start. The new competition is aimed at giving each county extra games at a competitive level ahead of their provincial campaigns. It is broken down into five separate leagues, with Clare competing along with Westmeath, Offaly, Limerick and Wicklow for the Liam O’Connor Cup. The top ranked team in each division is declared the winner. Clare face Westmeath on Saturday in Miltown before travelling to take on Offaly on Friday June 7. The Banner will have home advantage against Limerick on Wednesday June 12, and round off the campaign with a trip to take on Wicklow on Saturday June 15. Clare are set to open their Munster championship campaign on Tuesday July …

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Kennedy: It Will Be No Walk In Cusack Park For Kerry

Former Clare and Kilmurry Ibrickane manager John Kennedy feels his native Kerry will not have it all their own way when they come to Cusack Park for the Munster football semi-final on Saturday evening. The Kingdom make the trip as they bid to maintain their stranglehold on the province, with 2018 seeing them claim the title for the eightieth time. Since the turn of the decade Kerry have been in all bar one of the provincial finals, with the only blot on their copybook coming in 2012 when Cork were victors over Clare in the final. Under new manager Peter Keane, Kerry went all the way to this year’s National Football League final before losing out to a Mayo side who were consequently beaten last weekend in the Connacht championship by Roscommon. There are doubts over the likes of David Moran and Paul Murphy for Saturday’s game, while corner-back Peter Crowley, who played in all Kerry’s National League ties, is …

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This Sporting Life

The inevitable announcement that a tiered football championship is on the cards was made this week as GAA President John Horan declared he felt that the appetite was there for it. Speaking on Morning Ireland, Horan said “Our hope would be that at the next Central Council meeting in June to bring forward a proposal to look at the introduction of a Tier Two championship for those teams in Division Three and Four. There is an appetite out there within the organisation for us to go ahead with a Tier Two championship. Now, I feel, is the time to grab that when the appetite is out there. I think we will possibly get it through at Central Council and if we do we will call a Special Congress in September or October time to have a look at putting this forward to have it introduced next year”. So there it is. The long-awaited acceptance that a second-tier competition is badly …

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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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