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Doonbeg and Corofin relegated as Football leagues finalised

The football leagues from division 1 to 5 were finalised at the weekend with league final spots and semi-final spots confirmed. The remaining divisions 6 to 8 have a number of ties left to enact in the coming fortnight. The top team after each league is automatically into the final with second and third playing in a semi-final. The winner of this semi-final except for division 1 is promoted and gains a place in the respective league final. In the future ticketing Cusack Cup St Breckans are in the final for the second year as reigning champions on 11 points. Clondegad on 9 points finished second and will have home advantage against Ennistymon who ended third on 7 points. At the other end of the table it is relegation heartbreak for Doonbeg on 5 points with Corofin on 4 points facing Garry Cup for 2024. It was delight for St Joseph’s Miltown who gained promotion to the Cusack Cup for …

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Tubber capture Kilbeacanty 7s title for the first time

After many times reaching semi-finals and finals Tubber finally won the Kilbeacanty 7s hurling crown in searing heat on Monday in Kilbecanty. Before one of the largest attendances in recent years the Clare side accounted for St Thomas’, Tommie Larkin’s and Beagh. In the semi-final they defeated Craughwell and in the final overcame Tommie Larkin’s 2-12 to 3-6. Team captain Ronan Monahan accepted the cup and was the overwhelming choice as player of the tournament. In the final Tubber scorers were Ronan Monahan (2-2), Blaine Earley (0-4), Ronan Taaffe (0-2), Emmet Quinn, Lorcan O’Grady, Domhnall McMahon, Cathal Droney (0-1) each.

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HURLING: Hogan heartbreak as Clare edged out by Limerick for Munster honours

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-22 Fortune didn’t end up favouring the brave as Clare were agonisingly edged out by the minimum despite playing in front of a capacity 43,756 in the lion’s den of the TUS Gaelic Grounds, writes Eoin Brennan.  A contentious last gasp decision or lack of to award Adam Hogan a potentially equalising free that would have sent the Munster Final to extra-time for the second successive year re-emphasised the wafer-thin margins between these Shannonside neighbours. Amidst the sweltering sunshine in Limerick HQ, a fourth championship derby in just over twelve months didn’t quite match the electric atmosphere as familiarity ensured more caution than innovation for the majority. However, with never more than a puck of the ball between them for over 70 of the near 80 minutes played. It was still utterly compelling fare that did inevitably go down to the very last play. Both sides had to made big calls beforehand …

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Clare seek to be major like minors

A pivotal week for Clare hurling certainly got off to the ideal start last Sunday when the minor hurlers soared to a first All-Ireland crown in 26 years. With a similar 25 year gap to the county’s last provincial senior crown when Brian Lohan himself was at his dominant best, the four-time All-Star will be looking to take a leaf out of Brian O’Connell’s side’s book when lining out against Limerick in their own home patch this Sunday (1.45pm). Witnessing the minor feat at first hand, Lohan was gushing in his praise of such an accomplished final performance against neighbours Galway in Semple Stadium. “It was brilliant. From the quality of their players themselves, how they approached the game, their speed, touch and movement to the brand of hurling that they played, I was just so delighted to see a Clare team play like that in an All-Ireland Final. “Hats off to everyone associated with this minor team, it was …

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Regicidal tendencies fuel Clare’s quest

Unquestionably the biggest current rivalry in hurling, the stakes were raised considerably higher for Clare’s latest Munster Senior Hurling Final showdown with neighbours Limerick when opting to play in the lion’s den of the TUS Gaelic Grounds this Sunday (1.45pm). With a Thurles rematch the most logical choice but amazingly not an option presented, whatever the full narrative of what actually occurred behind the scenes, it was a courageous and confident poker move. Initially viewed at a national level as suicidal, it was actually the ultimate regicidal act as not only did it demonstrate that Clare have no fear of playing in LImerick’s own grounds but more pointedly possess no fear of Limerick themselves. Considering that John Kiely’s side are bidding for an unprecedented five-in-a-row of Munster titles, it was a bold statement but one which will undoubtedly make their hosts all the more wary on Sunday. While the result will inevitably dictate the methodology of the location decision, it …

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Time to right the wrongs of ’55

Clare have played eight Munster finals in Limerick, but have yet to taste success with the 1955 final meeting in the Gaelic Grounds being among the most famous, or infamous, deciders of them all writes Joe Ó Muircheartaigh. “THOSE AMAZING Clare hurlers have done it again,” gushed one of the great GAA reporters of the time, Pádraig Puirséal, as the Banner boys cut a dash in the Gaelic Grounds and at once looked on the cusp of greatness. Munster and All-Ireland titles were being talked about. And why not? “We had the All-Ireland sewn up,” recalled Jimmy Carney from Bealaha, who played left-half-forward for Clare. “I was 19 years of age and all I had on my mind was an All-Ireland medal,” he added. It was Carney’s goal against Tipperary that lit up the Gaelic Grounds before they edged home to one-point victory thanks to a late white flag from Jimmy Smyth. All that after they’d edged past Cork by …

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Seat of learning and hurling for Clare and Limerick

Árdscoil Rís in Limerick has made a huge contribution to the development of Clare and Limerick hurling over the past decade and more and the imprint of the school will be all over this Sunday’s Munster final, writes Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, who spoke to Ennistymon man Niall Crowe about a success story that keeps on running. When Paul Flanagan joined the staff of Árdscoil Rís a number of years ago it wasn’t long before he came across a picture montage outside the school gym that brought back a few memories. They were shots in celebration of Árdscoil’s first coming as a force in Munster Colleges hurling, even if it was at Paul Flanagan’s expense, and his Ballyea club mate’s Tony Kelly too. “We were looking at them one day,” recalls fellow teacher and Clareman Niall Crowe and Paul just pointed at one picture and said, ‘that’s me there’. Straight away you could make him out because of the distinctive red …

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