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Clare Set To Round Off National Camogie League Campaign

Clare will complete their National Camogie League campaign on Sunday when they host Dublin in Cusack Park at 11.45am. It is a game of no consequence in terms of the league for Clare, as they are out of the running to make the knockout stages. Manager Ger O’Connell says while that is disappointing, it is important to finish the campaign on a positive footing. “It’s unfortunate that we are not in the running for the semi-finals, but Sunday is still a competitive game for us. It may not be as important as we had hoped but it still gives us a chance to look at a few more players on the panel and build that competition for places. It’s a new whole new structure in terms of the players and management so we were all getting to know each other during this campaign and bringing in a new way of playing so it is a work in progress. Hopefully every …

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O’Keeffe Standing Guard Over Banner Net-Minders For 2019

When Colm Collins went about putting together his Clare senior football backroom team for the 2019 campaign, one of the men he recruited was former All-Ireland winner with Kerry Declan O’Keeffe. The Rathmore native is now resident of Quin, with the Garda lining out in the green and red before hanging up his boots for the last time. He won two All-Ireland’s between the sticks for the Kingdom, and was chosen as the best in the land with an All-Star award on both occasions too. He is now imparting his wisdom on the current crop of Clare net-minders, with Rob Eyres, Eamon Tubridy and Pierce DeLoughery all working under his close watch. He says when the call came to be part of the Clare set-up, he had no hesitation in taking up the offer. “The call came around last October from Colm asking would I get involved, and naturally enough I was delighted to. I’m living locally for a long …

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Clare Look To Build On Positive Start To National Ladies Football League Campaign

Clare make the trip to Cavan on Saturday for round three of the National Ladies football league Division 2. James Murrihy’s side are yet to pick up their first win of the campaign, but are still undefeated after draws against Kerry and Wexford in their opening two rounds. It is their first year under the watchful eye of new coach DJ Collins, and the Cork native admits he was coming into a set-up that he already knew plenty about. “I know some of the Clare players from being involved with UL, especially the likes of Niamh O’Dea and Laurie Ryan. James contacted me and said he was looking to someone to help out in the coaching side of things this year. I had taken a year out from the inter-county scene but I knew the girls and I also knew what James was about too, so when they asked I thought it sounded like a good idea. It didn’t take …

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Clare Putting Final Preparations In Place For Vital Trip To Newbridge In NFL

Clare’s trip to Newbridge on Sunday to face Kildare could prove a turning point in the campaign in either direction. Victory at the third time of asking in recent years at St Conleth’s Park would ensure that it is the summit of the table that will be concerning Colm Collins’ charges as they make the home turn, while defeat would mean that the search for points for survival will likely become the main focus of attention. The team has been named for Sunday’s clash with just one change from the side that beat Cork last time out. Cathal O’Connor returns from suspension to partner Gary Brennan at midfield, with Darragh Bohannan making way. Former Clare player and selector Ger Keane feels that every point from here on in will be worth its weight in gold. “It’s very tight at the moment and there’s only a few points separating top from bottom, which means there is so much to play for …

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O’Brien Takes Over As Miltown Manager

The defending Clare Senior Football champions have appointed a new manager.  Former Clare selector David O’Brien takes over his native club from Michael Neylon.  It’s his second stint in charge of the west Clare club, having guided them to the 2013 intermediate title before reaching the SFC Quarter Finals 12 months later.  Kerry’s David Geaney will continue as coach with the rest of the backroom team to be finalized in the next week.  Club chairman Frank Minogue has welcomed the news, saying he was their number one candidate for the role and they’re delighted to have him on board. 

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Hurling Awake In The West

There is a revolution underway in Kilkee under the watchful eye of Jim Fitzpatrick’s mural of the most famous revolutionary of all. Anyone who was out for a Sunday morning stroll last weekend along the strand under the watchful eye of Che Guevara would have been met with the sight of men and women, young and old, parading with hurleys and helmets as Kilkee/Bealaha Hurling and Camogie club were in full flight. The move to develop adult hurling is still in its infancy, but it is fair to say that those who are overseeing it have long since moved beyond that stage. There have been many instances of hurling on the strand in Kilkee down through the years, and stalwarts like Michael O’Neill and Paddy McDonnell can recall many of them. Paddy has been in love with hurling for as long as he can remember, and early on Sunday morning he made the short walk from his house on the …

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Fitzgerald Set For Cusack Park Return As Wexford Visit Ennis For NHL Tie

Clare take on Wexford this Sunday in Cusack Park in round four of the National Hurling League, with the Leinster side to be led into Ennis by former Clare All-Ireland winning player and manager Davy Fitzgerald. The home side come into the game off the back of a disappointing loss to Cork last weekend while Wexford battled past Tipperary to pick up their second win of the campaign. Sunday’s game will mark the first time Davy Fitzgerald has returned to Cusack Park as the opposition since taking up the role in the south-east, but facing Clare is not something new to the Sixmilebridge man, with the Banner ending Wexford’s championship season at the quarter-final stage last year. The Slaneysiders have made a strong start to this season’s campaign, as they recovered from an opening round loss to Limerick before wins over Cork and Tipperary. Fitzgerald says last weekend’s win over the Premier was hard-earned. “We scraped over the line by …

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This Sporting Life

Social media lit up this past week as David Brady decided it was appropriate to impart his opinion as to why Gaoth Dobhair lost out to Corofin in the All-Ireland club football semi-final. The former Mayo midfielder tweeted:  “They will when the dust settles & time passes in a quiet moment ask did they pass up the opportunity of a lifetime. Was there anything they could have done extra. Posting multiple piss ups won’t win you All Ireland’s & that’s not what winning is about. ” He was of course referencing the celebrations that small club in Donegal had enjoyed when winning the Ulster title for the first time in the club’s history with a one point win after extra time against Scotstown. Their celebrations went viral as videos emerged on social media for days afterwards, as they rightly revelled in their success. That victory came on Sunday December 2, with their clash against the defending All-Ireland champions Corofin coming …

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