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Clare’s National League Fixtures Announced

Dates have been confirmed for Clare’s 2021 National Hurling and Football league campaigns In the National Hurling League, Brian Lohan’s charges face a trip north of the border for the opening game as they travel to take on Antrim on Sunday May 9 at 1pm. It is the first of three consecutive games with a home tie against Wexford on Saturday May 15, and a trip to Portlaoise to face Laois on the weekend of May 23. The group stage finishes with a trip to the capital to face Dublin on the weekend of June 6 before rounding off the campaign at home to Kilkenny on Saturday June 12. Colm Collins and the senior footballers will have two home games in Division 2 South, and they host Laois in the opening round on the weekend of May 16. That is followed by the familiar trip to Newbridge to take on Kildare a week later before a home tie with Cork …

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Familiar Opponents For Clare In 2021 Munster GAA Championships

Clare will face familiar opposition in the 2021 Munster Senior Football and Hurling championships. This morning’s provincial draws saw the footballers paired with Kerry in the Munster SFC quarter-final, marking the sixth time that Colm Collins has faced the Kingdom in his eight year tenure. The winners of that tie will go on to face the reigning provincial champions Tipperary in the semi-final, while Cork and Limerick will square off in the other last four encounter. The hurlers have been handed something of a revenge mission, with Brian Lohan’s charges set to face the Waterford side who ended their 2020 championship campaign. The prize on offer for the winners of that encounter is a semi-final clash with Tipperary. All Ireland champions Limerick face Cork in the other provincial semi-final. No fixture details have been confirmed for those games yet, with the GAA expected to issue an update on all fixtures in the coming days.

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New Clare GAA Review Group To Adopt A “Grass Roots Up” Approach

The group tasked with preparing a five year strategic plan for Clare GAA has outlined that they will be adopting a “grass roots up” approach in its workings. Group member Mark O’Connell, CEO of Repucon Consulting, addressed club delegates at this weeks county board meeting to detail the process the group will be following. He stated that they will be following a “structured approach” with an emphasis on ascertaining the views of club members and supporters of Clare GAA to identify their views on how the association should move forward over the coming years. Surveys have been compiled which have been issued to club secretaries to feed back information with further surveys planned for the coming weeks for both club members and the public to have their say. He also outlined that development squad coaches, S&C coaches along with referees and past and current players will also be canvassed for their opinion on the process. Once all that information has …

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“We Are The Fastest Growing Sport In The Country And Organisations Are Seeing That”

Clare’s ladies footballers will have just one home game in the group stages of the 2021 National Football League. Evan Talty’s side are grouped with the Meath side who ended their championship run last year, along with neighbours Kerry and fellow intermediate side Wexford. The campaign will start on May 23 with a home tie against Wexford, before trips to Kerry and Meath to round off the group stages. Talty has also confirmed his management team for the coming year, with former Mayo ladies goalkeeping coach Donal ‘Doc’ Hughes, former Meath star Odharnaith McKenna (Performance Analysis) and Cooraclare’s Andrew O’Neill (physio) joining the set up. Training is set to begin in earnest next week when restrictions will be lifted to allow elite level sides to resume on field training, with that session being the first time in 2021 that the squad will have met face to face. It will also be the first opportunity for new Clare ladies football chairperson …

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“Will Somebody Please Tell Me How Much The Pitches In Caherlohan Cost?”

Secretary of Clare GAA Pat Fitzgerald has claimed that there is a witchhunt aimed at him going on in the county. The comments came during tetchy exchanges at this week’s board meeting, in which issues relating to the still to be completed €4.8 million Centre of Excellence at Caherlohan were once more to the fore. Whitegate delegate David Solan raised the issue when querying the content of an Irish Independent article in recent weeks, which claimed that the pitches at the venue were in “pristine condition”. “It is my opinion that when we got someone in to see what is wrong with the pitches and to cost how much it would be, he came out with a figure of €70,000 per pitch for six pitches which is nearly €500,000. It is what I would call negligence by somebody in the county board, because when you do a sand based pitch, you are given a maintenance plan. We have one in …

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Hehir Hoping For Positive 2021 For Clare Camogie

Fixture details have been announced for the Clare senior and junior camogie squads 2021 Littlewoods National League campaigns. Ger O’Connell’s charges have been grouped with neighbours Galway and Limerick in Group One of Division One, and begin their campaign with a trip to take on the Tribeswomen on Saturday May 15. Clare will have home advantage a week later against Limerick, before a bye in the final round. Last weekend also saw the Camogie Congress taking place, where the trial rules introduced last year were ratified for the coming season. Clare captain and Inagh-Kilnamona clubwoman Clare Hehir, feels it was a progressive step. “It was all very positive with the new rules being passed which is good to see. We are no longer allowed handpass goals or drop the hurley, but hopefully things like the contact rule will make a big difference. It is something we had been waiting to happen so it was good to see that passed and …

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Clare Senior and Junior Camogie Sides Set To Begin League Campaigns on May 15

Fixture details have been announced for the Clare senior and junior camogie squads 2021 Littlewoods National League campaigns. Ger O’Connell’s charges have been grouped with neighbours Galway and Limerick in Group One of Division One, and begin their campaign with a trip to take on the Tribeswomen on Saturday May 15. Clare will have home advantage a week later against Limerick, before a bye in the final round. The Division One quarter-final is set for the weekend of June 5, with the semi-finals and relegation playoffs taking place a week later. The Division One final and Relegation final are both fixed for the weekend of June 19. Group Two in Division One is made up of Cork, Tipperary and Waterford with Kilkenny, Dublin and Offaly competing in Group Three. The Junior side, who missed out on last year’s championship after “second teams” were forced to stand down amid Covid-19 restrictions, will also get their Division Three campaign underway on Saturday …

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Clare’s O’Connor Set For Maiden Aintree Grand National Ride

There will be plenty Clare interest in today’s Aintree Grand National as Tubber’s Derek O’Connor will be among the 40 strong field for the prestigious event. The point to point legend is set to take on the famous fences in one of the world’s biggest races for the first time in his career, as he partners with the Nicky Henderson trained OK Corral. The JP McManus owned runner is currently around an 80/1 shot with Henderson bidding for his first ever win in the race. O’Connor has already faced the big fences this week at the Aintree Festival, and finished fourth aboard Snugsborough Hall in Friday’s Topham Chase. The big race is set to go post this evening at 5.15pm.

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