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COMMENT: No Point In Playing Games Just For The Sake Of Getting Them Played

Derrick Lynch I am not sure how much of a sports fan Joni Mitchell is, but one of the lines in her iconic hit Big Yellow Taxi can well sum up how a lot of us are feeling over the last few weeks. Don’t it always seem to go; That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone Since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down all sporting activity, it has left fans pining for the return of some form of live action. Everyone is united in the mindset that public health and safety is the number one concern and in the grand scheme of things sport is really a luxury we enjoy to supplement family life. That being said, it is still a major part of our lives and one which has been missed almost universally. For example, last weekend was meant to be the start of the 2020 championship season for the Clare senior footballers while next weekend should …

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Carl Walsh: A Tribute To My Dad

Carl Walsh From the age of seven to 30, I basically went everywhere with my Dad. We had a unique shared experience at countless training sessions, matches and meetings over that winding, wonderful and enlightening GAA journey. From a Junior B match in West Clare to the All Ireland Final (our first one was in 1974), we were there. At the start, I watched and listened, often in wonder, until I grew a bit and it was my time to play my small part in the rich tapestry of his incredible GAA life. It was an unforgettable GAA journey that has inspired me to carry on his legacy here in Australia as a player, coach and administrator. In the 1970s we travelled the length and breadth of Ireland together with a Clare senior football team that had plenty of talent but lacked the necessary support and resources to be successful. Dad was very committed to improving Clare football and the …

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Curtin Recalls Past Glories For St Flannan’s In Corn ui Mhuiri

2020 will always be marked in the annals of St Flannan’s College long and storied sporting history as being the year they ended a long wait for their latest Munster hurling glory. It also marks a milestone in the history of the football tradition of the school, with 25 years having elapsed since they last claimed the Corn ui Mhuiri title on a dramatic day in Charleville. That gap looked like it was moving one step closer to being bridged this year as a brave effort from the Clare men just came short in their last eight showdown with St Brendan’s Killarney, who were ironically the team they beat in 1995 to secure their third ever crown. The links do not end there though, as Eoin Curtin followed in the footsteps of his father Tommy in guiding the fortunes of the young footballers of St Flannan’s. Tommy was there in Ballyagran for the showdown with the Kerry men this year, …

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It Is The Public Health Officials Who Are Making The Decisions And They Have All The Information.

Clare senior hurling manager Brian Lohan is among those hoping that a phased plan to lift the COVID-19 restrictions will have a positive impact in the coming months. The Wolfe Tones clubman saw his positive start in his new role cut short with the ceasing of all sporting activity once the outbreak began. Clare had come through the group stages of the National League campaign unbeaten and were preparing for a last four showdown before the halt came. Lohan admits it is a difficult time for all concerned. “It is strange times and tough times for everyone across a number of area whether that is family life or working life and the sporting side of things is tough too. We were training in UL on the Tuesday night and we have our gym sessions on the Wednesday. One of the guys on the panel was working in Dublin and was asked to self isolate. It was not anything to do …

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Clare LGFA Stars Battling On COVID-19 Frontline

Much of the sporting conversation in recent times surrounding Covid-19 has been on whether or not we will see any action this year or what measures will be in place if any action goes ahead. For Eimear O’Connor and Catriona Callinan, the immediate focus is much different as both Clare Ladies football stars are part of the frontline in the fight against the spread of the pandemic. Cúil Gaels clubwoman O’Connor is one of the many around the country involved directly in testing for the virus as she alternates between centres in Ennis and Limerick. She might be missing the routine of sport but is still involved in one of the biggest challenges we have ever seen. “It is hard these times when you are coming into the nicer summer months where you are looking forward to getting out on the field. You have gone through the hard winter months so you are just really mad to get going when …

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Debate Raging In East Clare On Scariff Bay Community Radio Hurling Team Selection

There may not be any live sporting action to keep the appetite sated at the moment, but it has not stopped the sports gurus at Scariff Bay Community Radio from stoking the fire of debate around their area. An initiative from the sports department of the station has seen each of the ten clubs in their area voting on who they feel were the best 15 players over the past 40 years to don their club jersey. The clubs involved are Whitegate, Scariff, Killanena, Feakle, Bodyke, Tulla, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Broadford, Ogonnelloe and Smith O’Brien’s. The deadline for submitting the best 15 to represent your club is this Friday evening, and from there that selection will be distilled even further to choose an overall East Clare team. Bodyke’s Leo Doyle is one those behind the project and he outlined how the idea came about. “We had queries from a few people about our sports department going off the air when the …

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Clare Sports Partnership Walk To Jog 3K Challenge Building Momentum

If you happen to be one of the people around the Mullagh area in West Clare who use the local walking track for exercise, you may have seen something happening there which would have caught your attention. There is no need to be concerned about the man circling the track early in the morning issuing instructions to himself though, because it is all part of a growing initiative from Clare Sports Partnership which is being spearheaded by Coore native Pat Sexton. The Walk to Jog 3km Programme has been an instant success with close to 400 participants signing up in an effort to boost their fitness levels while also getting in their daily exercise. With the Covid-19 restrictions in place, it means that co-ordinators like Pat cannot run these type of programmes in the traditional manner, so he has devised a alternative way to keep people engaged. “People register with us for free and they will receive a podcast three …

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GAA mourns passing of Noel Walsh

THE death has occurred of one of the most influential figures in Clare GAA. Among the many achievements of retired Army Colonel Noel Walsh was securing the introduction of the open draw in the Munster Senior Football Championship, paving the way for Clare’s famous title success in 1992. Noel served as a selector with Clare for 20 years and was part of the backroom team in 1992 when they beat Kerry in the Munster final in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. He was responsible for getting John Maughan on board as the team coach. Noel also had a love of hurling and during his tenure as chairman of Munster Council, he had the honour of presenting the Munster Hurling Championship trophy in 1995 to Anthony Daly. He won two Clare senior football championship with his native Miltown and served as club secretary and chairman. As a player he also represented Clare and minor and junior level. The 85-year-old was a …

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