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Clare Ladies Football Campaign Set For May 23 Start

Clare’s opponents in the 2021 National Ladies Football league have been confirmed along with a proposed date for the first competitive fixture. Evan Talty’s tenure as Clare boss will begin on Sunday May 23 with a campaign in Division 2A of the league. Similar to their male counterparts, teams grouped in a regionalised format in order to reduce travel as part of Covid-19 concerns. Clare will face familiar opposition, including the Meath side who ended their All Ireland Intermediate run at the semi final stage last year before going on to claim the title. They will also face neighbours Kerry along with fellow intermediate side Wexford. The four Ulster counties of Tyrone, Monaghan, Armagh and Cavan making up the four team Division 2B. It is expected that a fixture list will be issued in the coming days along with a return to play document and guidelines to be followed for host venues. Clare’s three league fixtures will take place on …

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2021 Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour Cancelled Due To Covid-19 Restrictions

The 2021 Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour has fallen victim to Covid-19 for the second year running. The popular cycling event, which has been one of the highlights in the Clare sporting calendar over the last few years, was scheduled to take place from July 13 to July 18 this year with stages across the whole county. A statement from the organising committee confirmed that the event has been cancelled with race director Alice Sherratt outlining the reasons behind the decision. “This type of decision is never an easy one to take considering it is now, as of this very week, 12 months since our last announcement. It has become increasingly frustrating to try and assess the current environment and plan for a safe and successful international event of which we are confident that we could deliver. The level of interest from international teams wishing to come to Ireland and race continues to grow and by adopting the same protocols for …

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Donegan Teeing Up A Promising Future

Sport was always destined to be a part of Áine Donegan’s future and to many it will be no surprise that it is golf that is opening up the door of opportunity for the Ennis woman. That opportunity comes in the form of a college scholarship to Indiana University, with the Lahinch clubwoman set to make the move stateside this August. It was initially meant to begin last year but like most things, the outbreak of Covid-19 meant that it had to be put on the long finger. From an early age, sport was part of Áine’s life and she explained that golf was a central part of that. “I grew up in Woodstock and nearly everyone in the estate plays golf because Woodstock golf course is just across the road from us. Dad plays too and he was the one that introduced me to it from an early age. There was a real community feel about it in our …

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East Clare Golf Club Eager For Fairways To Reopen

The Government’s latest announcement on Covid-19 restrictions outlined that a return to action for the thousands of golfers in Ireland will not happen until the end of this month. April 26 has been confirmed as the date when the fairways will reopen, with courses closed since the Government’s decision to move to Level 5 restrictions in January. It is understood that strict guidelines will likely be in place when the sport does return, with bookings limited to fully paid up members of each club who must be resident within their own county. One of the courses in Clare that are ready for that April 26 date is East Clare Golf, with club chairman Pat McNamara outlining that works have been underway to ensure everything is in place for when members can be welcomed back once more. “There was some major work done on our greens and the lockdown has given them a chance to be at their best. We have …

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Former Sligo Star McGowan Looking Forward To New Role As Clare Football Coach

The new coach of the Clare senior footballers is looking forward to getting the new season underway after being announced as part of the Banner set up. Sligo native Gerry McGowan has been confirmed as the new coach for the Colm Collins managed outfit, taking over from Brian Carson in the role. Carson stepped away from the role after two years having joined the Banner set up in 2018. The former Sligo player becomes the sixth coach to work with Collins during his eight year tenure in charge of the set up. Paudie Kissane, Ephie Fitzgerald and Mick Bohan each served for one year before Alan Flynn and Brian Carson each spent two years in the role. McGowan, who was a selector with the Sligo squad in 2018, helped guide his native Tourlestrane to five consecutive Sligo senior football titles alongside joint manager Eamon O’Hara. He outlined that his initial contact with Collins was positive and that the similarities in …

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“I Am Doing Everything With A Smile On My Face And Enjoying The Moment”

There are not too many sporting stories that begin in the waiting room of a dentist’s clinic, but that is where Ethan Coughlan’s path to a Munster Heineken Cup squad started. The Ennis man has been enjoying a dream start to 2021, as he travelled to Italy for the provinces PRO14 clash with Treviso at the end of January, and will also be part of the senior squad for their massive last 16 European showdown with Toulouse this weekend. His progression through the ranks at the province has seen him feature regularly with the Munster A side in recent months, with those performances likely to have caught the eye of the Ireland U20 management. Coughlan, who turns 19 this month, also had the honour of captaining his country as he led out the Irish U-18 side in Italy in 2019 in what was his second appearance in an Irish jersey, while he made the move to the All Ireland League …

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Treaty Looking To Build On Positive Start As First Home Game Approaches For Barrett’s Side

Treaty United will be hoping to build on a positive start to life in the SSE Airtricity League First Division when they host Wexford Youths at the Markets Field in Limerick this Friday evening. Former Bridge United player and current Treaty manager Tommy Barrett oversaw his new sides opening game with Bray Wanderers on the opening weekend where the Midwest side left the Carlisle Grounds with a hard fought 0-0 draw. They were forced to contend with playing the last 20 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of midfielder Sean McSweeney, but a resolute and organised display saw them earn a share of the spoils against a home side who are among the contenders for promotion to the top tier. Sixmilebridge resident Barrett outlined that it was a positive start to their campaign and one he hopes they can build on. “It was a good away draw when you look at the likes of the players Bray have and …

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Positive Start For New Club Clare Group

A joint venture between the Clare hurling and camogie fraternity will see the new Club Clare supporters group using funds to support both codes in the county. The initiative was launched last week with a new committee in place, with all proceeds from the group going toward the development of hurling and camogie at all levels in Clare. The committee includes former Minister of Defence Tony Killeen (Corofin) as secretary with former All Ireland winner Frank Lohan (Wolfe Tones) Clare camogie legend Deirdre Murphy (Clooney-Quin) and two time National League winner Johnny Callinan (Clarecastle) also part of the group. A statement on the groups website outlines that “Club Clare is committed to raising funds and support for its inter-county hurling and camogie teams at all levels. We operate separately from, but in regular consultation with, both County Boards and every euro raised by Club Clare goes directly to providing support, equipment and services so that all Clare squads can perform …

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