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Ballyea in a league of their Eoin after powerful finish

Under 18A Hurling League Final Ballyea 1-20 Sixmilebridge 1-11 A devastating finish saw Ballyea complete a remarkable 13 point second half turnaround to snatch their first ever Under 18A League title on the away soil of O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge on Wednesday evening. Having led for the previous 30 minutes, the ‘Bridge seemed set for victory themselves when accentuating their 0-8 to 0-7 half-time edge with a goal after only 25 seconds of the restart as good play from Stephen Gavin was finished to the bottom right corner by Donal O’Leary. However, it was if subconsciously the home side assumed that the job was done as they would be sorely second best for the remainder as the defiant visitors outscored them by 1-13 to 0-03 in the final 30 minutes. Eoin Kennedy found his range from frees while the talismanic Eoin O’Connor provided the real spark to ignite Ballyea’s challenge when fielding a Dillon Killoughery delivery to cut in from …

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900 million fans shows the popularity of volleyball

Volleyball is one of the most popular sports there is with over 900 million fans worldwide. That fanbase is growing all the time and the sport consistently ranks in the top five of the most watched global sports. At the end of the month Ireland will head to San Marino for the CEV SCA (European Volleyball Small Countries Association) Championship where they will face Scotland, Malta, Northern Ireland and hosts San Marino in the group stages. The Banner County have had huge success in the sport with the Senior and Junior All Ireland titles residing in the county courtesy of the Coláiste Muire and the Munster Thunder clubs. The strength of the sport in Clare can be highlighted by the fact that four Banner players will represent Ireland in the tournament. Amy O’Sullivan, Catriona Ní Riordan, TJ Sweeney and Maria Jones will all proudly don the green jersey in Serraville from May 30th to June 2nd. Three of the girls …

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Ultimate aim for Ennis/Kilrush RFC is to play in the All Ireland league

Ennis/Kilrush women’s rugby club have only been in existence for two years. Their growth and progress has been nothing short of sensational with huge success. This year alone they won the Division 1 league and Munster Cup. Beaten in the All Ireland semi-final by a solitary try against eventual winners Tullow has only whetted their appetite and as a club there’s fierce determination to make it to the All Ireland League. Coach Gareth O’Hanlon is so proud of all involved and wants to encourage any girls who might want to take up rugby to come and join the club. “It’s truly been a remarkable journey. To think we’re only two years in existence and to be the standout team in the entire competition is amazing.” Ennis/Kilrush rugby club like to play an attractive brand of attacking rugby and scored a remarkable 65 tries in seventeen matches this year, something coach O’Hanlon is immensely proud of. “When we as a management …

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David Ryan the champion after Dublin drama

DAVID Ryan is the BUI Celtic super lightweight champion after a night of huge drama in Dublin. His title fight with Tony McGlynn was a real epic, but even its drama was overshadowed by the events that followed the final bell. While referee Emile Tiedt appeared to be raising Ryan’s hand, Tony McGlynn was announced as the winner on a scoreline of 78-73, to the consternation of the Ryan supporters in the crowd. However that announcement was a mistake, due to a very unfortunate breakdown in communication,  and it was later confirmed that Ryan is the new champion. Clare fight fans will naturally be delighted that Ryan was the winner, and he did deserve the victory, but one would have to have huge sympathy for McGlynn who was thrown from elation into despair. From the first bell this was a completely absorbing fight, and the two fighters setting an electric pace from the outset. McGlynn started well and probably took …

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Clare show clear in-Ten-t to reach third Minor decider

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round 5 Clare 2-22 Cork 0-19 CLARE will contest a third consecutive Munster Minor Final on Monday week after another storming finish to finally brush off hosts Cork in Supervalu Páirc Uí Chaoimh, writes Eoin Brennan. With the sides level for the sixth time by the two-thirds mark, it was the defending champions that stood tallest when needed most as they re-establish daylight between the sides before Liam Murphy inevitably provided the telling knock-out blow with his second goal of another memorable evening. Without two of last year’s Munster and All-Ireland winning squad in Marc O’Brien and Conor Ralph, it was the dynamic O’Callaghan’s Mills poacher that provided a pivotal goal in each half to take his remarkable tally to five majors in just two matches. Captain Harry Doherty was also hugely influential once more from puck-outs and scores as Clare excelled on the scoreboard with ten different scorers to take the county’s perfect minor record …

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Feakle-Killanena deliver Daly dose to dethrone neighbours

Under 18B Hurling League Final Feakle-Killanena 3-17 Scariff-Ogonnelloe 2-12 There’s no room for sentiment in a derby as Feakle-Killanena re-emphasised when emphatically halting Scariff-Ogonnelloe’s bid for a three-in-a-row of Minor B League crowns in Feakle on Wednesday evening. Despite both sides having six players to the age, Feakle-Killenana had a distinct physical advantage with dominant centre-back Aaron Moloney ruling the rearguard while twin towers Patrick Daly (1-8) and captain Owen McGann (1-5) were wrecking balls to Scariff-Ogonnelloe’s retention hopes. Twins Daragh and Stephen Clancy and goalkeeper Daragh Moloney were others to shine for the hosts who led from start to finish in a commanding display that fully exacting revenge from their earlier group meeting. In truth, Scariff-Ogonnelloe, save for a final quarter two goal salvo, never reached anywhere near the heights of previous displays or finals as misplaced passes and aimless distribution ensured that they were always chasing their neighbours. And yet, there was no shortage of goal chances at …

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Kerry retained Munster crown but plucky Clare captured home hearts

Munster Senior Football Championship Final Kerry 0-23 Clare 1-13 SUCH a historic occasion wasn’t matched by a home upset but Clare did test Kerry’s resolve on their way to a record 85th Munster Senior Football crown in front of 12,059 in Cusack Park, Ennis, writes Eoin Brennan. In what was the first time in 87 years that Clare contested back-to-back provincial finals, the hosts admirably managed to halve last year’s deficit with only half of the same personnel in what was a hugely encouraging battling display from Mark Fitzgerald’s side. Clare’s plunkiness was ultimately superceded by Kerry’s vast experience as in contrast the Kingdom possessed 17 of the 20 players from the 2023 decider. However, not content with moral victories, Clare commendably went out to win this final, not contain the perennial superpowers as evidenced by carving out two glorious goal opportunites either side of half-time. Trailing by 0-10 to 0-07, Clare’s best player Dermot Coughlan broke through Kerry’s last …

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Clare seal Munster Minor B Ladies Football title and now look towards All Ireland final

Munster Minor B ladies football final Clare 3-7 – Tipperary 1-6 Whilst the eyes of the county were 30 miles further down the N20 to leeside for a tiny parcel of GAA followers Mallow GAA complex was the centrepoint of their sporting existence last Sunday and success too was the end result as a stronger Clare side overcame Tipperary. In the near future a west of Ireland semi final will take centre stage against Connacht opposition for a place in the Al- Ireland decider. Following on 24 after the U14 side won Munster C honours and the U16s also successful there was a need for the minor side to maintain a high level of consistency at representative level. Intended or not the Clare girls had the start one can dream of in a final as Aine McNamara blasted the ball past Sarah Smith in the Tipperary goal with just 30 seconds gone in the game. This was a huge boost …

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