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Ennis girls Munster final to be live streamed on clarechampion.ie

A huge weekend lies in store for Ennis Rugby Club, as their U18 Girls side go in search of Munster glory. They make the trip to Irish Independent Park in Cork to face Carrick on Suir in the Munster Club League final. The game kicks off at 2.30pm and will be live streamed on clarechampion.ie What makes it all the more remarkable is that it comes just a year after the girls section of Ennis RFC was revived, and they now stand on the brink of provincial silverware.   Their coach is John Colleran, and he says it has been a brilliant journey so far. “We started last year with two teams, we fielded U-16 and U-18 sides and a got a huge response. We had no idea how popular and successful it was going to be. We had upwards of 80 girls who turned up to play and from that, we planned out the year. We didn’t play in …

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New York GAA Pay Tribute To Clare’s Pat Scanlan

Clare native Pat Scanlan was honoured by the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York at their annual dinner dance last weekend. The Lissycasey man was the invited guest of honour, as New York GAA paid tribute for his many years of service. Pat was an active member of his native club in his youth, and represented the maroon and white at all levels underage, and was part of the Lissycasey panel that captured the Clare Junior football title in 1982. Having spent some time on holidays in New York in the late 70’s, Pat decided to make the move stateside in 1984, and was elected manager of the local Clare side four years later. He switched to managing the Longford team in the early 1990’s, before taking up the reins once more with Clare in 1997. He served three terms as chairman of the Junior Football Division, but perhaps his biggest moment for New York GAA came when he …

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McMahon Looking To Drive St Anne’s To Munster Glory

Dylan McMahon is no stranger to operating at the top level when it comes to hurling. The Clonlara man was one of the keystones for the Clare minor hurlers in 2018, with some hugely impressive performances in the half-back line as the Banner got within touching distance of a Munster Final. He will line out in a provincial decider this weekend when he will be vice-captain of St Anne’s Community College as they bid for glory in the Munster Senior C decider. Dylan admits it is an exciting time for all involved. “It’s great for everyone involved with the squad to have reached this stage. We have been training so hard all year, so to get to the final is a huge boost. We have a few lads who are in their last year in the school  and will be sitting their Leaving Cert in June before moving on, so to win something like this would be a great way …

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This Sporting Life

Where would we be in sport without hype? The Oxford English dictionary describes hype as being ‘extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion’. Who are we to argue with the good people in Oxford? The reason I bring this up is that over the weekend, the online response to people (yours truly included) who dared to ask were the Irish rugby team being unjustifiably hyped up was incredible. Social media tends to be a dark place at the best of times, but you would think that those asking the question had just insulted the last 10 generations of their respondents. A particular favourite of mine was someone telling me to “stick to talking to Tony Kelly because you know nothing about rugby”. Don’t you just love Twitter? Let’s look at the facts though. Ireland were beaten, and let’s be honest, well beaten by England in their home turf at the Aviva Stadium. It was a result that few saw coming, but …

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Colaiste Muire Ennis complete Munster title double

Colaiste Muire Ennis withstood a late fightback from Castletroy Community College before claiming the Munster Colleges Ladies Football D title on a 2-11 to 3-5 scoreline. The Clare side saw a 12-point second-half lead whittled down to just two as the full-time whistle loomed, before a pointed free from player of the match Emma O’Donoghue sealed the win. Coláiste made a blistering start to the game as they raced into a 2-7 to 0-0 lead, with O’Donoghue notching 2-2, including a well-struck penalty and a fine finish from play. Both wing-forwards helped themselves to a brace of points, with Sarah McCann and team captain Niamh McDonagh on target with well-taken scores. Castletroy had two opportunities to score from penalties in the opening half but saw both efforts saved by Coláiste goalkeeper Nouriatou Tchadjobo. They did eventually find the net just before half-time, when Caitlin Bonfil produced a tidy finish and they followed this up with a point soon after but …

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Clare v Cork NHL Clash Switched To Pairc Ui Rinn

The GAA has confirmed that Clare’s National Hurling league clash with Cork will now be played in Pairc ui Rinn. It comes as a statement has been released condemning the surface at Pairc ui Chaoimh, labelling it as unacceptable. The statement in full from the GAA reads: The playing surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for last weekend’s Allianz Leagues games was unacceptable. The heavy pitch-side traffic, associated with the construction works for the new stadium build, has had a detrimental effect on the pitch. As was evident yesterday, in winter conditions, the surface is likely to cut up badly. However, as weather improves the grass roots will develop and playability will improve dramatically. The stadium team have engaged the Sports Turf Research Institute, who are international pitch specialists, to advise on the best way forward. Their preliminary results suggest a pitch replacement, later this year, will be required. In the short term, we will continue to use best endeavours to …

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Clare repel late Kilkenny charge for narrow win

Eoghan Moloney CLARE ran out 2-20 to 1-22 winners over Kilkenny in their Division One National League clash in Cusack Park this afternoon. Goals from John Conlon and Podge Collins were the difference in an encounter where Clare were dominant for long periods but a goal from Kevin Kelly from a free with the last puck of the game ensured the minimum would separate the teams. Kevin Kelly opened the scoring with a free after 45 seconds before Colm Galvin got a fine point from play to level it up straight after. Kelly added a second free a minute later. Cleary started well, winning two battles and a free early. Clare started quickly but had four wides in first five minutes so did not make their early influence felt. Colin Guilfoyle soon set matters straight with a fine catch and point to open his account. Kelly soon added another free as Clare leaked too many scoreable frees in the first …

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