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Coughlan Expecting A Battle Royale With Meath In Cusack Park

Clare selector Enda Coughlan has been around football long enough to recognise when a battle is on the horizon, and the Kilmurry Ibrickane man admits this weekend’s tie with Meath in Cusack Park is a massive game in the context of their National League campaign. With just two games left to go, Clare face a relegation scrap if they’re to extend their stay in the second tier to fourth season having moved up as Division Three champions in 2016. The Shannon-based Garda feels a huge seven day period lies ahead. “The way it’s panning out, this is a massive game now for us, along with the last round against Tipperary. We probably need to pick up a couple of points in both of those games so hopefully we can do the business this weekend first. The last two games have been disappointing in that we haven’t come away with any points on the board. We went up to both places, …

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Hurlers make five changes for league quarter-final

THE Clare starting 15 shows five changes from the side that drew with Limerick in their last league game, ahead of Saturday’s league quarter-final against Waterford in Walsh Park.  Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge) makes his first start of the year at corner back in place of Rory Hayes, while Cathal Malone replaces David Fitzgerald at wing back.  Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) starts at wing forward in place of Diarmuid Ryan, Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills) comes in for Ian Galvin at corner forward, and Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna) starts at full forward in place of Niall Deasy. Saturday’s game throws in at 3pm. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen) Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge) David McInerney (Tulla) Jack Browne (Ballyea) Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) – Captain Conor Cleary (St. Joseph’s Miltown) Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge) Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge) Colm Galvin (Clonlara) Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) Tony Kelly (Ballyea) Aidan McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) Gary Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills) Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna) Podge Collins (Cratloe) Substitutes: Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin) David Fitzgerald …

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Injury Concerns For Clare Ahead Of Deise Showdown

Clare are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of Saturday’s National Hurling League quarter-final against Waterford this Saturday. John Conlon, Oisín O’Brien, Ian Galvin, Colm Galvin and Podge Collins are all carrying knocks with management confirming a late call will be made on their participation ahead of the trip to Walsh Park to take on the Deise. For one of the two teams, it will be their last game before meeting the same opponent in the same venue for the opening round of the Munster championship on May 12, with the provincial body confirming the Waterford city venue will host both home ties for Padraic Fanning’s outfit. Joint Clare manager Donal Moloney is not surprised that Waterford opted to play Saturday’s game there rather than Dungarvan, with some feeling it will be a good dry run for the Banner ahead of that championship showdown. “Much like Ennis, Walsh Park is their home and I think …

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Clare Captain Ryan Looking Forward To Resuming LGFA National League Campaign

Logistical concerns surrounding St Patrick’s Day parades have forced GAA chiefs into switching this weekend’s planned LGFA and National Football League double header out of the Athletics Ground in Armagh. Clare’s ladies footballers were due to take on the Orchard County as the curtain raiser to the National Football league clash of Armagh and Fermanagh on Saturday, but that has now been moved after safety concerns surrounding the upcoming parades were raised. The ladies game will now go ahead on Saturday in Dromintee while the Armagh v Fermanagh game will be hosted in Crossmaglen. It has already been a successful week for Clare captain Laurie Ryan after she was part of the University of Limerick side that captured the O’Connor Cup. It is her fourth title with the college in the last six years, while in the other two years she was on the wrong side of the result by a single point in the decider. She’s hoping to complete …

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This Sporting Life With Derrick Lynch & Eoghan Moloney

It is that time of the year again when as the weekend approaches, thoughts are turning towards club GAA action here in Clare. The football leagues and U-21 hurling championships got underway last weekend and while over the Bank Holiday weekend, the hurling leagues will throw in. With the club month of April on the horizon, parishes will flock to the local pitch to take in the action, and it has to be noted that there were good attendances at the games played last weekend. The flip-side of that of course is that we are in storm season, and with Gareth hitting this week, who knows how many more of his siblings will visit us between now and what will hopefully be a scorcher of a summer. That means while the latter part of the week brings the excitement of the match at the weekend, it also brings the question as to whether the match will go ahead or not, …

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Ennis Native Named In Kenny’s Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad For Euro Qualifier

Clare’s Barry Cotter has been named in Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships qualifier against Luxembourg. The Ennis native is currently plying his trade with Ipswich having made the switch from Limerick FC during Mick McCarthy’s tenure at Portman Road in January 2018. The former Avenue and Ennis Town defender made his debut against Barnsley in April of last year, in a game that would prove to be McCarthy’s last in charge of the club. Ireland will face Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday March 24 with a 5pm kick-off. The finals of the tournament are set to take place in Hungary and Slovakia in June 2021.  

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Newmarket Celtic Bidding For Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final Spot

A huge afternoon awaits for Newmarket Celtic as they side go in search of a place in the Munster Junior Cup semi-finals. The game takes place in McDonough Park, with Pearse Celtic from Cork being the visitors. It marks the beginning of a busy period for the club with a Clare Cup quarter-final and a battle to retain the Premier Division title looming in the coming weeks. Manager Liam Murphy says everyone is looking forward to a massive few days ahead. “It’s fantastic to have both sides competing in the quarter-finals of some of the biggest competitions around. That’s where the club want to be at this time of year so it’s a brilliant weekend ahead. We are going into it after a weekend off which allowed us some breathing space after a very competitive period where we picked up some injuries. We are slowly but surely getting lads back to full fitness ahead of Sunday. Shane Cusack is a …

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