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Former Clare GAA Chairman And Donor Of Clare SFC Trophy Jack Daly Passes Away

Tributes are being paid to the late John A Daly, better known as Jack, following his passing this weekend. A former Ennis businessman and Fianna Fail councillor, Mr Daly also served as chairman of Shannon Development and University of Limerick. His legacy in the GAA in Clare lives on through the Jack Daly Cup which is presented to the winners of the Clare SFC, a trophy he donated. He also spent some time as chairman of Clare GAA. Mr Daly is survived by his wife Margaret Forde, sons Stuart & Alexis, daughters Sarah Ellen & Rhoda and extended family. He will be laid to rest in Corcomroe Abbey following funeral mass on Tuesday at 12pm in St. Patrick’s Church, New Quay. Due to government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place. A memorial service for Jack will take place at a later date.

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GAA Outline Fixtures Plan For 2020 With December All-Ireland Finals On The Cards

This year’s All Ireland Finals will be played in December with the possibility of a penalty shootout determining the champions. The GAA today outlined their fixture schedule for the remainder of the year with a bumper Autumn and Winter in store, with the All-Ireland hurling final set for December 13 with the football taking place on December 19. Action from a Banner point of view will recommence on the weekend of October 17, with the National Football League Division 2 clash of Clare and Fermanagh in Cusack Park. The following weekend will see Clare’s last league game against Armagh along with the Munster Hurling Quarter-Final. The draws for the provincial hurling campaign will be made this evening with the format reverting back to the system last used in 2017. Three teams will be drawn straight to the semi-finals while the remaining two will meet in the quarter-final tie. There will be no break for the footballers, who face Tipperary in …

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Lohan Calls For Clare Club Championships To Finish By September 20

Clare senior hurling manager Brian Lohan is calling for an earlier start to the 2020 Clare club championships in order to give more time to the county squad to prepare for the opening round of the inter-county campaign. The GAA today confirmed that the format last used in 2017 will be in place for this year, with the round robin system shelved for now. It means the championship will revert to a straight knockout provincial campaign with a one chance All-Ireland qualifier for teams who lose out. The inter-county hurling season is due to get underway at the end of October with the Munster and  Leinster quarter-finals, with Clare due to find out their opening opponents when the draws are made this (Friday) evening. The GAA have outlined that inter-county training is not permitted until September 14, with much discussion surrounding the consequences for those who break that deadline. With some counties seeing their club championships finishing in early September, …

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“To Be Perfectly Honest About It, There Is That Sense Of Worry About It”

Derrick Lynch One of the most senior members of the Clare hurling panel is among those expressing a level of concern surrounding the return to play amid fears over the spread of Covid-19. A survey by the Gaelic Players Association this week revealed that almost 20% of those canvassed admitted to having concerns about returning to the fray, a sentiment echoed by Pat O’Connor. The Tubber man, who captained Clare in two Munster finals, feels while there are concerns surrounding what the future will hold, it remains to be seen exactly what that future will look like. “There is a sense of excitement mixed with relief but also a bit of trepidation about what we are going into and how it will affect everything around us. To be perfectly honest about it, there is that sense of worry about it. I recently spent a day in a meeting room with our quality manager telling us that this is here to …

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Buckley Links Up With Kilmaley Senior Hurlers

Former Clare football manager Donie Buckley has joined up with the Kilmaley senior hurlers for 2020 in a coaching role. The Kerry native links up with the new management team spearheaded by Kieran O’Neill and Niall Romer for the coming season. Buckley, who lives in Ennis, departed from the Kerry senior football set-up earlier this year having been part of Peter Keane’s backroom team during the early part of the National League. The Castleisland man was also involved with his native county in last year’s championship campaign which saw the Kingdom lose out to Dublin in the All-Ireland final after a replay. He previously coached on a part-time basis with Miltown during their championship success in recent years.

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GAA Pitches Set To Be Opened Next Week With Extra Time Allocated For Club Fixtures

Changes to the dates outlined for the 2020 Clare GAA club championships could be on the way. It is after the GAA’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee outlined their latest set of proposals, which will see GAA pitches reopened on Wednesday next. Adult training will be permitted first, with training for minors and below from Saturday June 27. Sessions must be for a maximum of 15 players in a designated area of the pitch and on a non-contact basis. Players must also have completed the GAA’s E-Learning module and follow all control measures which are in place. Contact training and challenge games are now sanctioned from June 29 onwards, while club championships can get underway from Friday July 17. The Master Fixtures committee of Clare GAA has set out their proposed plans for this year’s club championship with a start date of July 31 being pencilled in, but it remains to be seen if that date will now be brought forward on …

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Details Announced For 2020 Clare GAA Club Championships

Derrick Lynch Relegation will not apply for the 2020 Clare club championships according to the revised Master Fixtures schedule. The document issued to clubs lays out the format for this year’s campaign, with a new structure proposed for both the hurling and football championships which will guarantee at least two championship games for all teams. The accompanying notes outline that there will be no relegation owing to the exceptional circumstances of the year particularly in light of some clubs potentially playing without some players due to Covid-19 concerns. Promotion from the Junior and Intermediate championships will apply as normal, meaning two teams will be relegated from each grade in 2021. The county championships could also be decided by penalty shootouts with all games to be finished on the day, including the finals. The decision has also been taken not to allow any amalgamated teams to enter the 2020 championship to avoid creating extra fixtures in a tight calendar window. The …

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Works To Get Underway Next Week On €40,000 Investement At Spanish Point Golf Club

Derrick Lynch Works are set to begin next week on a €40,000 investment at Spanish Point Golf Club. It will see the installation of a new short game area incorporating a chipping and putting facility which is expected to take six months to complete. It is the latest positive news story for the West Clare club which has seen a rise in its membership figures for 2020 despite the Covid-19 crisis, while also attracting new overseas membership for the coming year. Club PRO Mervin Hehir outlined how the initial idea for the project first came about. “We wanted to develop something for the community which was affordable and accessible for the people of West Clare. It is something that you can do with the children for an hour if you want and it means you don’t have to go out on the course fully. One of our biggest success stories over the last few years has been our junior programme. …

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