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Clare Set Sights On All-Ireland Minor Camogie Title

Clare go in search of a first ever All-Ireland Minor A camogie title this weekend when they face Cork in the 2019 decider. It is the fifth time Clare have reached this stage of the championship, and the second time in the last three years. 2017 saw Galway come out on top, but Clare bounced back to reach the last four 12 months later, when Saturday’s opponents brought the curtain down on their season. It is the first time these sides will have squared off in the showpiece event, as Cork go in search of just their second title at the grade. Inagh/Kilnamona clubman Eugene Foudy has been a part of this minor management team for the last four seasons, and makes no apologies for wanting to go on step better than they have to date. He feels the win over Tipperary in the semi-final is something they will take huge confidence from. “Victories don’t come much sweeter than that. …

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Clare Champion Previews Of Cusack and Garry Cup Action

Another busy weekend of club football action lies in store.  The Clare Champion’s Derrick Lynch has been looking ahead to the games in the Cusack and Garry Cups as the closing rounds come into focus. Cusack Cup St Breckan’s v Kilmurry Ibrickane in Lisdoonvarna on Saturday at 6.30pm These two sides come into this contest knowing points are crucial but for different reasons. After a slow start to the campaign it looks like Kilmurry’s run of eight consecutive titles will end in 2019, with a semi-final spot probably beyond their reach with just three rounds to go. St Breckan’s know they will at least consolidate their place in the top tier with a win while also keeping hopes of the knockout stages alive. Donie Garrihy’s side edged a titanic battle with Cooraclare last time out and they will take great heart from the way they saw out that contest. The Brick’s were also forced to battle last time out as …

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Clare Players Looking Forward To Opportunity In All-Ireland Minor Camogie Final

With eight minutes played in Saturday’s All-Ireland minor camogie semi-final, Robyn Conway set the tone for what was to come. The full-forward raced out to put pressure on a Tipperary defender who was about to launch a ball down on top of the Clare defence. She robbed the ball from under her opponent’s nose, and quicker than a u-turn on water charges, she was gone and headed for goal. It took a fairly hefty and possibly dangerous tackle on the Feakle woman to halt her progress, but her team benefited from it as the resultant free was converted. It sent a message to an undoubtedly over-confident Tipperary side that they were in the white-heat of battle and would get nothing easy. The Premier confidence in the stands was voiced as patrons wondered about a wedding that was on the following weekend that would clash with the final. As it turns out, they can rock the boat without any crisis of …

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Lahinch In Countdown Mode Ahead Of 2019 Irish Open

This Thursday marks the point on the calendar where there are now just 10 weeks to go until the 2019 Irish Open tees off at Lahinch Golf Club. The famous North Clare links course is in countdown mode ahead of the event with some of the top golfers in the world confirmed to be part of the 156 strong field that will take to the course on July 4. Home favourites Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell are among some of the stars confirmed to be coming to the Banner, while the likes of Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willet, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Bjorn and defending champion Russell Knox have also accepted the invitation from tournament host Paul McGinley. It is set to be a historic event for Lahinch Golf Club and the wider North and West Clare areas. General Manager at Lahinch Golf Paddy Keane admits everyone is looking forward to what the next few weeks …

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Hickey Reveals Details Of Abusive Letters As Curtain Comes Down On Refereeing Career

A high profile GAA referee has revealed details of abusive letters which were sent to him during the course of his 20 year stint with the whistle. Eire Óg clubman Rory Hickey announced this week he is bringing the curtain down on his time in the middle after missing out on the national panel for 2019. The Ennis native has been officiating at the top level since he first broke through onto the national scene, taking charge of several high profile fixtures including an All-Ireland minor football final along with an All-Ireland club football final and numerous provincial deciders at all age groups. It was in the aftermath of the 2009 Munster football final that he encountered a disturbing incident as an unhappy supporter vented his frustration in the days after the game. “I got letters sent to me a few years ago. I gave a penalty to Cork in a Munster football final and the people of Limerick weren’t …

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This Sporting Life

Last week we wrote in these pages about the need to remove gender based definitions when it comes to sports journalists. Male or female, it makes no odds. Talent and work-rate are the KPI’s. It got us thinking if the same logic can be applied to the sporting field. Why do we talk about men’s sport as just sport, while we make the definition for women’s sport? Maybe it is necessary in relation to Gaelic Games to set a definition between the two strands, but in a general sense it might help the overall profile to not set it apart. That’s just the pre-cursor to the real issue at hand though, which is the support for women’s sport. In recent times we have seen huge strides made in relation to the push for growth in exposure, with initiatives like 20X20 and #CantSeeCantBe being rolled out. The figures from last year’s All-Ireland LGFA Finals in Croke Park were hugely encouraging, with …

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McGinley Hints At More Big Announcements To Come For 2019 Irish Open In Lahinch

2019 Irish Open host Paul McGinley has hinted that two of the biggest stars in golf could yet be teeing off at Lahinch in July. The former Ryder Cup winning captain revealed he has approached newly crowned US Masters champion Tiger Woods about the possibility of coming to North Clare, while also stating that some players might change their minds about playing in the event. Rory McIlroy is one of those that could potentially have a change of heart, after he announced in recent weeks that he would not be taking part as he sets his sights on the Open in Portrush a fortnight later. “In terms of Tiger Woods, I have put it on his radar so he knows about it and he knows all about Lahinch. While it is unlikely, you just never know” he smiled. He continued: “The Postman Poulter has delivered for us and it is a great announcement. He’s one of the big names in …

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Poulter Confirmed As Part Of 2019 Irish Open Field

Another big name has been added to the line-up for the 2019 Irish Open as Ian Poulter has confirmed he will be coming to Lahinch in July. The Englishman, known as the ‘Postman’ to many fans because he always delivers at The Ryder Cup, was in contention for a maiden Major Championship title at the recent Masters Tournament – where Tiger Woods eventually emerged victorious. Poulter’s commitment means that four of the current top five in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, alongside Shane Lowry, Justin Harding and Louis Oosthuizen, will play in a star-studded field at the famous links from July 4-7. Major winner Danny Willett and former World Number One Lee Westwood have also been confirmed, meaning the last three winners of Rolex Series events will play in the historic national open. Lowry is the most recent following his win in Abu Dhabi in January. Poulter last played the Irish Open in 2017 at Portstewart Golf …

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