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Fitzgerald Hints At Term As Clare GAA Secretary Running Until 2023

Derrick Lynch Secretary of Clare GAA Pat Fitzgerald has hinted that his current contract for the position runs until 2023. It came after a query from Eire Óg delegate and former intercounty referee Rory Hickey, with the secretary stating that “my first contract was in 2009, my second was in 2016 so you can work it out yourself from there”. Hickey’s query was a follow up from an initial discussion on a motion from Tulla GAA club, in which they asked “that all future nomination papers include a full list of current positions, including names, and reasons, if any, why any particular position may not be nominated”. Tulla delegate Brian Torpey asked why the secretary role was not on the nomination papers, with chairman Joe Cooney outlining that some positions are not voted on, and are picked by the county committee and officers later on. Mr Torpey stated that he had asked the question at two previous Conventions, and was …

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Cratloe’s Chaplin Elected As New Chairman Of Clare GAA

Clare GAA has a new chairman after Cratloe’s Jack Chaplin was elected to the position at the 2020 Annual Convention. In what is his first appointment to the executive, he overcame PJ McGuane in the race for the position with 116 of the votes, with McGuane picking up 67. Kieran Keating of Naomh Eoin is the new vice chairman with 92 votes, beating Neil O’Brien (62), Niall Romer (16) and Michael Maher (12). The Munster Council delegates will be Bernard Keane and John Fawl, with both men edging out Niall Gilligan in the race for the two spots. Michael Lee (Tubber) and Naoise Jordan (Parteen) will serve as the joint Presidents after agreeing to share the position. Anne Hayes (Vice-Secretary), Michael Gallagher (Treasurer), Tony Brohan (Vice-Treasurer) and Michael O’Connor (PRO) were all returned unopposed, while Pat Fitzgerald continues as secretary. The meeting saw Joe Cooney’s five year term as chairman come to an end.  

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Sparkling Clare Book Munster MFC Semi Final Spot.

Munster MFC Quarter-Final: Clare 1-24 Tipperary 1-4 Not even an impromptu fireworks display could distract Clare in Semple Stadium as the young Banner men booked a Munster semi final spot with a sparkling performance. It was a brilliant display by Clare with disciplined tackling, strong support play and greater intensity being the key ingredients for the winners. Clare flew out of the blocks to lead 0-7 to 0-1 at the opening water break with that advantage thanks mainly to their dominance around the middle third. Brian McNamara was to the fore as he continually interrupted the Tipperary restart which Clare used as the foundation to build that lead. There were goal chances too, with Clare’s opening point from Dara Nagle just flashing over the crossbar. It kickstarted a run of six unanswered scores with Nagle, Craig Riordan and Diarmuid Fahy notching a brace each while Cillian McGroary kicked an excellent point from distance. A potential hammer blow arrived midway through …

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Rouine Looking Forward To Following In The Family Footsteps

Derrick Lynch 2020 might have been a year when we learned to expect the unexpected, but in the Rouine household, one very familiar pattern continued. When Clare take to the field on Saturday for the Munster minor football quarter final against Tipperary, it will be Brendan Rouine who leads out the Banner charges as he becomes the latest member of the clan to captain his county. The promising young Ennistymon man will follow in the footsteps of his brother Cillian, who captained Clare two years ago, while his father Brendan “Beano” Rouine also had the honour of captain the Clare senior side during his time in the county jersey. Beano also won a Munster championship in 1992 while current Clare minor manager Dermot Coughlan was also part of that squad. He admits that the experience gained by both Cillian and his father is invaluable to draw on as they look forward to getting the year underway. “We are really excited …

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Fitzgerald Leaves Clare Football Panel To Join Up With Senior Hurlers

Derrick Lynch Aaron Fitzgerald has joined up with the Clare senior hurlers for the 2021 season, and will not feature with the football squad next year. The Eire Óg dual club star had an eye catching campaign for the Townies in this year’s club championship and was one of the standout performers as they went all the way to the last four before being narrowly beaten by eventual champions Sixmilebridge. It is understood Fitzgerald has now linked up with Brian Lohan’s squad for the coming year, having missed out on much of 2020 as he recovered from a knee injury. He made his return in the Autumn as he lined out in Clare’s final two National League games but did not feature in the Banner’s championship loss to Tipperary.

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Clare GAA Post Close To €500,000 Deficit in 2020 Accounts

Derrick Lynch Clare GAA’s accounts to be presented at next week’s annual Convention have revealed a deficit for the year of close to €500,000. It marks a turnaround of almost €750,000 with a €250,000 surplus being announced at the 2019 Convention. In his report, accounts auditor Anthony Fitzpatrick, called for a root and branch review of the boards finances in order to maximise its cash inflows and minimise costs. He also warned that the very survival of the board is at stake and suggested that creditors need to be made aware of the situation. He felt the audit committee must take the lead in that process which he described as “essential and critical”. Mr Fitzpatrick also stated that the “audit committee and team managements must be commended for working closely and effectively in coordinating their efforts to measure income and control costs in a very demanding and challenging climate”. A total loss for the year of €478,359 in the accounts …

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“I Would Like To See A Situation Where The Crowds Are Involved Again” – Lohan

Derrick Lynch A decision on the shape of the 2021 GAA calendar is expected to be made in the coming weeks with the Association likely to be guided by the ever changing public health advice. It is understood that the proposal to play the intercounty season in the second half of the year is being considered, with hopes that crowds may be able to return to stadiums by the summer of 2021. The GAA’s Management Committee are set to meet in the coming days to discuss their plans, and it is likely that the preseason competitions for 2021, including the Munster League and McGrath Cup, will be sidelined. The 2021 National Leagues were pencilled in to start at the end of February but it now remains to be seen if those plans will be shelved. It is understood that the GAA are also considering running the leagues on a regionalised basis in order to reduce the amount of travel involved, …

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Considine Looking Forward To Flying Back Down Under To Link Up With Crows

Derrick Lynch Ailish Considine is Australia bound in the coming week as she prepares to link up once more with her Adelaide Crows teammates for the 2021 AFLW season. The Kilmihil woman first signed for the Crows in 2018 after taking part in the Crosscoders International Rookie camp. She enjoyed immediate success with victory in the 2019 Grand Final, with the former Clare ladies football star kicking a first quarter goal en route to the title. The outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year saw her return home to West Clare, but the continued uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus meant that her planned return down under was put on hold. She is now due to head back to Adelaide on December 8 but while she will reach her destination in plenty time for Christmas, quarantine rules mean that she will spend the big day in a hotel room with her isolation period not due to expire until December 26. …

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