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Neylon Confident Clare Are Focused For Munster U20 Football Quarter Final

Derrick Lynch Clare begin their U-20 football championship campaign on Wednesday evening when they host Waterford in the Munster quarter-final. Hennessey Park in Miltown will host the fixture with Clare coming into the game off the back of a mixed pre-season which saw them reach the O’Connor Cup final before losing out to Offaly. Manager Michael Neylon is confident that they are ready for the challenge but admits they will not know where they are until the first whistle is blown. “It feels like we have only been with the players for five minutes in this campaign it has been so quick. We are delighted with the response and we feel preparations have gone well but we are also very aware that everything up to now has only been preparations and it will all come down to championship. We have about 30 players who have been with us from the beginning and they are extremely committed. They have energised us …

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Clare Team Named For U20 Munster Quarter Final Clash With Waterford

Clare manager Michael Neylon has named his side for Wednesday evening’s Munster U-20 Football Quarter-Final clash with Waterford.  Captain Seán Conway makes his return from injury to line out in the half-back line while the other wing-back spot is filled by Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Daniel Walsh who is making his first appearance of the year. Senior panellists Cillian Rouine and Emmet McMahon start, while star forward Shane Meehan is on the edge of the square. Clare U-20 team v Waterford: Tom O’Brien (Doora Barefield); Manus Doherty (Eire Óg), Micheál Murray (Miltown), Ciarán McMahon (Ennistymon); Daniel Walsh (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Cillian Rouine (Ennistymon), Seán Conway (Doonbeg, c); Oisín Looney (Miltown), Eoin Rouine (Ennistymon); John Murphy (Ennistymon), Emmet McMahon (Kildysart), Thomas Clancy (O’Curry’s); Diarmuid O’Donnell (Kildysart), Shane Meehan (Banner), Mark McInerney (Eire Óg). Subs: Oisin O’Loughlin (St Breckans), Eoghan Thynne (Doora Barefield), Morgan Garry (Clondegad), Gavin D’Auria (Éire Óg), Seamus Casey (Kildysart), Stephen Sheehan (Kildysart), Cian McDonough (Doora-Barefield), Cian Meaney (Lissycasey), Darren O’Brien (Éire …

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Mystery Of Guilfoyle’s Missing U-21 Clare Jersey Solved 35 Years Later

One of the greatest mysteries of Clare GAA appears to have been solved. 35 years have passed since The Clare Champion first reported on the saga of Tommy Guilfoyle’s missing jersey, but thanks to the power of social media, the famed number 14 jersey has been found. The background to the story was first outlined in the Clare Champion in the aftermath of Clare’s loss to Tipperary in the 1985 Munster U-21 Final, with the Feakle man lining out on the edge of the square.   The story reemerged in recent days after a picture of the article was posted online with Guilfoyle’s daughter Lauren posting a public appeal for information. I LOVE this. Dad called up in front of the county board for swapping his Clare jersey for a Tipperary one after a Munster U21 Final. #GAA pic.twitter.com/Ifmqoc5cDw — Lauren Guilfoyle (@LaurenGuilfoyle) February 17, 2020 Her tweet gained traction, and eventually led to the most infamous jersey being discovered …

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Clare Battle Through Storm Dennis To Overcome Laois In National Hurling League

NHL: Clare 0-17 Laois 0-9 Clare continued their unbeaten start to the National League with a battling win over Laois through the wind and rain in Cusack Park. Whatever about the arrival of Storm Dennis to Cusack Park, it was the return of Aaron Cunningham that provided arguably the highlight of the half inside the opening two minutes. The Wolfe Tones man marked his first start in almost two years by angling over a brilliant point from the sideline after a excellent first touch saw him lose his marker. The sheeting wind and rain meant that it was never going to be a classic, and it was no surprise that the opening half saw just five points scored from play. Ross King landed 0-3 from frees for Laois while Willie Dunphy finished a nice move for the Laois men for their only score from play. At the break, it was Clare 0-9 to 0-4 ahead having played with the wind, …

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Kelly: “Clare Just Focused On Working Hard “

Derrick Lynch Clare’s National Hurling League campaign continues this weekend when Laois come to Cusack Park on Sunday for their Round Three encounter. Two wins from the opening two games for Brian Lohan’s outfit leaves them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout out stages of this year’s competition, and victory on Sunday would all but guarantee their progression. Central to that cause will be Ballyea’s Tony Kelly, with the 2013 Hurler of the Year in brilliant form so far in 2020 as he amassed 0-24 from the Banner’s two outings to date. He admits it is has been a good start under the management, but no one is getting carried away just yet. “It is just a start and a positive one having played two games and won two games. That being said, we are under no illusions and we know there is plenty to work on. The wins were satisfying but the hurling the last day …

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Plenty Change In Clare Club Managements For 2020 Season

With the Master Fixtures plan for 2020 now in place, and club leagues set to begin in less than a month’s time, there are still some spots to be filled on the managerial merry-go-round. Eight of the clubs in the Clare senior football championship will have new management in 2020, while nine of the top tier hurling clubs have changed the guard. SENIOR FOOTBALL One of the biggest departures comes with county football champions Miltown, who are currently searching for David O’Brien’s replacement. The publican stepped back from his role after just one year in charge having led his native club to a Cusack Cup and championship double. A spokesperson for the club confirmed to The Clare Champion that they are working on identifying a replacement for O’Brien, while his management team including Kerry native David Geaney, have also stepped down. Beaten county finalists Kilmurry Ibrickane have retained the services of 1992 Munster championship winner Aidan ‘Horse Moloney’ who continues …

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Harty Cup Final Postponed

Today’s Harty Cup Final has been postponed. Munster GAA confirmed just after 11am that the game between St Flannans and CBC was not going ahead in Mallow with heavy wind and rain throughout the morning. A pitch inspection took place at 8.30am with the provincial body confirming the game would go ahead at that point, but a further deterioration in the weather conditions led to the game being called off. No details of a refixture have yet been confirmed.

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“We Have Been Wishing For This Chance Since First Year” – Hegarty

If St Flannan’s are to bridge that 15 year gap without a Harty Cup title, then having Conner Hegarty hitting top gear is one of their main targets. The Inagh-Kilnamona clubman has seen plenty hurling in the last few years as he donned the Clare minor jersey in 2018 and 2019, while he has been a central figure in his schools run to the decider. He is confident there is more to come from this group as they build up to their biggest day in the provinces biggest schools hurling competition. “We did not really start off well in our first game in the group. We got the win but we did not really perform well. Since then, we have kicked on a bit and we are playing well at the moment but we know there is plenty more to do. We have had to come through some really tough battles along the way and that probably the ideal way …

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