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Ennistymon CBS one step away from historic double

ENNISTYMON CBS are just one win away from completing an historic double this weekend, writes Ivan Smyth The north Clare school face Tipperary’s Presentation Ballingarry in the Munster Post Primary Schools C final at UL’s north campus this Saturday (throw in 12.30pm). Last weekend, the Ennistymon school comfortably accounted for Dungarvan CBS in the Munster Post Primary Schools C football final. This Saturday they play in the hurling equivalent as they try to lift the Corn Risteard Uí Mhathúna. Manager Jason Daffy is proud to see the school compete on both fronts as he believes his charges are ready to produce a big performance against a Presentation Ballingarry side that will prove stiff opposition this Saturday. “It is a huge achievement for the school to get to both finals. Now we have won one so we would love to win this too. I’ve been part of the groups that have won 15s and 16 and a half at the D …

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Tulla win shows Clare hurling in good fettle, says Davy

SAINT Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla have raised the bar for other Clare schools to achieve hurling success following their fairytale first Harty Cup victory, according to Davy Fitzgerald. In an interview with the Clare Champion, Davy said St Joseph’s were well deserved winners over Ardscoil Rís in the Harty Cup final, having followed their meteoric rise all year. “I am a Clareman, you can’t get away from watching Clare teams and results. The one word I would use to describe St Joseph’s is resilience. They never gave in, they never gave in and fought on their backs. “That augurs well for young hurlers in Clare, the way St Joseph’s have led this. Hats off to them the way they fought on the field. St Joseph’s were underdogs on a few occasions, but just because you are underdogs doesn’t mean you are going to be defeated.” “That is what we want in Clare, they have given us that light, St Flannan’s …

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GALLERY: Tulla advance as rivals draw in first division

Tulla United’s hopes of securing the First Division crown and promotion to the Premier Division received a huge boost when they overcame Moher Celtic in a tight encounter. The winners enjoyed the perfect start when Darragh Murphy’s industry gave Conor Whelan a goalscoring opportunity which was duly taken as Tulla struck first after five minutes. Their second goal came before the break with Fionn Ryan sending James Wallace in behind the Moher defence before Wallace powered through and rounded Moher goalkeeper Shane Keane before his left footed strike caused the net to bulge. Both sides had chances in a competitive second half with Tulla ‘keeper it took a couple of Simon Kilker needing to be on form to keep his side’s lead intact. Moher got a consolation goal in the concluding stages when a deflected Eoin Davies strike found its way to the net. Top of the table Tulla are at home to Coole FC next while Moher Celtic are …

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GALLERY: Newmarket U17s progress to FAI Cup quarters

Newmarket Celtic progressed to the quarter finals of the U17 FAI Centenary Cup but needed extra time to overcome a stubborn Letterkenny Rovers FC outfit, writes Ivan Smyth. The sides could not be separated inside the 90 minutes with the scores level at 1-1. Che Sheedy found the net for Newmarket but a goal from Letterkenny’s Sam Harvey meant these sides were deadlocked when the full time whistle blew. In a tense extra time, Newmarket Celtic held their nerve as Adam Cusack struck the all important goal to help the home side power through to the quarter finals. It was tough luck on a Letterkenny side that proved difficult opposition but Newmarket found the quality needed to prevail. Newmarket now enjoy home advantage once more as they face Corduff FC in the quarter finals. Newmarket Celtic: Connor Mulqueen, Ronan O’Rourke, Conan O’Neill, Eoin McGillick, Cathal Cullinan, David Gilbert, Micheál Dower, Che Sheedy, Adam Cusack, Darragh Prazer, Ciaran Russell. Subs: Killian …

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Marty joins the Harty party in St Joseph’s Tulla

RTE Gaelic Games commentator Marty Morrissey has lauded the achievements of St Joseph’s Secondary School in capturing their first Harty Cup, writes Dan Danaher. Speaking on a platform outside the school, the Quilty broadcaster paid tribute to all the work that contributed to becoming the best senior hurling colleges team in Munster. Marty said it was a wonderful honour and privilege to be present in Tulla to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the St Joseph’s team. “As a Clareman I want to thank this team and school because what you have done is more than just win a cup or a Munster title. This is what a school dreams of aspiring to. “What you have is a sense of belonging to a community. You are from Clare, East Clare and St Joseph’s school in Tulla. The school has achieved a wonderful thing by bringing a whole county together.” “We are all gone mad on this St Joseph’s team because of …

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Student race day returns to Limerick Racecourse

The SPIN South West Student Race-day is back on and taking place on Thursday, April 7, at Limerick Racecourse. The last student race-day took place back in 2019 and the track said it was delighted to announce its return after a two-year gap due to Covid restrictions. Tickets are going on sale this Thursday morning, February 17, at 11am on www.limerickraces.ie and there is expected to be high demand. Tickets are going to be limited to a maximum of two per person in the interest of fairness. A racecourse spokes person said, “We are pleased to partner up with SPIN South West once again as our sponsors for the event. “SPIN will be there on the day to welcome students and bang out the freshest hits. With SPIN resident DJ’s, the crowd can expect to be entertained before, during and after the races.” Content director at SPIN South West, Eoghain Fitzgerald commented “We are delighted to be teaming up with …

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Clare still await first points after Wexford raid Cusack Park

CLARE are still searching for their first points of the new National Hurling League campaign, writes Eoin Brennan, after going down 2-20 to 1-20 against Wexford in Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon. For the second consecutive season, Wexford left Ennis with a valuable victory under their belts to leave the hosts pointless after two matches. Leading by 1-16 to 1-14 following a strong third quarter turnaround, Clare lost their way down the final straight as a resurgent Wexford fired 1-5 without reply including a 64th minute goal for Diarmuid O’Keefe. Emanating from a defensive error, it would be the clinching score in front of an attendance of 2,855. Mark Rodgers again led the way on the scoreboard, mainly through placed balls and was aided by strong displays from midfielder Paddy Donnellan, Shane Meehan and impressive newcomer Patrick Crotty from the bench. Three Rodgers frees lifted the hosts to a 0-4 to 0-2 advantage by the tenth minute but despite a …

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Clare fail to capitalise on fast start against lively Laois

Laois 2-12 Clare 2-7 Ivan Smyth Eight minutes in to this Lidl Ladies National Football League opening round encounter it would have taken a brave punter to predict this final score line. Clare led by 2-2 to no score with Fidelma Marrinan running riot in the opening exchanges. However, Laois slowly worked their way in to the contest as they began to turn the screw on a Clare side who were unable to handle their opponents front foot pressure. Last year’s Division Three champions outscored their opponents by 2-12 to 0-5 for the remainder of the contest as their pressure from the front stopped the quality supply of ball to the Clare forward unit. Laois fired over 2-8 without reply either side of half time. Fidelma Marrinan, who finished with 2-6 to her name, was starved of possession for much of the final three quarters of this game. Clare may point to three spurned goal chances in the second half …

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