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Banner Derby In Store In Harty Cup Quarter Finals

Clare is guaranteed to have a representative in the last four of this years Harty Cup. It’s after the two Banner schools in the competition were drawn to square off in the quarter finals as St Flannans take on St Joseph’s Tulla. The Ennis side topped their group with three wins from three, while a dramatic last minute point was enough to see St Joseph’s through in their final group game as they clinched a draw. Those games are set for Wednesday January 8th with details TBC. St Flannans also have a Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter final too look forward to where they’ll face St Brendans of Killarney.  

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Brave Breckan’s Go Down Fighting In Munster Club IFC Final

A battling St Breckan’s went down fighting as they lost out to Templenoe by 0-14 to 0-5  in the Munster Club IFC Final. The loss of key men to red and black cards at crucial stages saw an already tough challenge become almost impossible but the North Clare side can be proud of their showing in 2019. The Clare champions trailed 0-5 to 0-3 at the break and could count themselves unlucky to be in arrears. A savage defensive effort kept the pathway to Tristan O’Callaghan’s goal blocked with Daniel Carey playing the free role with aplomb. Templenoe were forced into shooting from distance and racked up five first half wides, with St Breckan’s guilty of four, including three frees. It was St Breckan’s in front by 0-2 to 0-1 after the opening ten minutes, but they lost Maccon Byrne to a questionable black card midway through the half. Four in a row for the Kerry outfit put them 0-5 …

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Sweeney Hails Garrihy Influence As Munster Club IFC Final Beckons

2019 is a summer that St Breckan’s captain Alan Sweeney is not likely to forget for some time to come. The same could be said for anyone with a sporting inclination in North Clare with St Breckan’s claiming intermediate football honours while Michael Cusack’s finally broke their final hoodoo by clinching the junior title. All that happened after what was arguably the most significant sporting event to ever hit the county as Lahinch Golf Club played host to the 2019 Irish Open. For Sweeney, it was a monumental moment for him and the rest of the green-keeping crew in Lahinch as they worked tirelessly to ensure the famed links was in pristine condition for the world’s top golfing stars to take on. There was plenty to juggle as his commitments to the course and to the Clare senior football panel meant a hectic time was in store. It also meant that on the Sunday of the Irish Open, he was …

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Garrihy Counting Down The Minutes Before Munster Club IFC Final

Reaching a Munster final was not something that was on Donie Garrihy’s radar when he answered the call from his beloved St Breckan’s this year. The North Clare men will hope to top off a fairytale 2019 when they meet Templenoe in Sunday’s intermediate provincial club showpiece in Mallow. Garrihy says while they had targets to hit, being at this stage of the championship was never in the conversation. “Our initial goals were to hold our own in the Cusack Cup and to win the intermediate championship. We didn’t ever really push it too much on the players in relation to the championship because that would put them under pressure and I wanted to keep that away from them. I had heard all about the talent within the group but there is that old saying that hard work will beat talent when talent doesn’t work but if you have the two of them, you have a great chance. Hard work …

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Masterson Excited For Huge Occasion Of Munster Club IFC Final With St Breckan’s

If St Breckan’s are going to upset the apple cart on Sunday afternoon and take down Templenoe, then midfield dynamo Dale Masterson is going to play a key role in that task. The county man has been in sparking form all year as he formed a potent partnership with the bustling Liam Tierney that has seen the North Clare men on the brink of provincial glory. He is looking forward to another huge occasion for the club. “It is going to be massive and everyone can’t wait for it. We have had two weeks of a build up to it but with the U-21’s losing out last Sunday, we are hoping that they can bottle up that hurt and turn it into a positive now this weekend so that they can dust themselves down and go again. You can be sure that Donie is not preparing us to go down there just to make up the numbers. The minute he …

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Gilligan To Contest For Munster Delegate Position At Clare GAA Convention

Recently retired Clare hurling legend Niall Gilligan has thrown his hat in the ring for an immediate return to GAA action, but not on the field. The Sixmilebridge clubman has been nominated to contest the election for the position of Munster Council delegate at Clare GAA’s annual convention on December 12. Inagh-Kilnamona’s PJ Kelly and Naomh Eoin clubman Kieran Keating are the two outgoing delegates, with Kelly having completed his five year team meaning he will have to stand aside. Keating, who resides in Sixmilebridge, was elected to the position in 2015 meaning he is eligible for one further year in the role. There will be competition other than Niall Gilligan, with former treasurer of Clare GAA and St Joseph’s Doora Barefield clubman Bernard Keating also in the running along with current vice-treasurer, Eire Óg’s Tony Brohan. Ger Hickey of Feakle and John Fawl of Ennistymon are also nominated for the position with two to be selected on the night. …

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Clare U-21B Football Final Preview: Kildysart v Wolfe Tones

Clare U-21B Football Final Preview: Kildysart v Wolfe Tones You would be excused for thinking you have a case of déjà-vu with this one as the rivals square off for a third time in 12 months at this stage of the championship. It took a replay to separate them last year after a fiery draw on the first day out which saw Kildysart’s key man, Emmet McMahon, red-carded which ruled him out the replay. It would prove to be a fatal blow as the Shannon men swept to victory by 5-7 to 1-13. Kildysart have mixed the tough with the flair en route to this decider, as they edged past neighbours Clondegad by the minimum before easing past the Banner in their last four tie. They have been scoring well, notching 0-18 against Clondegad before putting up 0-14 against the Banner in a game played in difficult conditions at the start of the month. The long layoff between games will …

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Kildysart Relishing Another Final Showdown With Wolfe Tones

Kildysart are a club well acquainted with finals. In the last three years, they have contested three intermediate finals, and an U-21 final. What they aren’t well acquainted with, though, is success. Manager Jacko Cleary says the club need to shake off the losing ways and he believes the current, talented group of U-21s are the group that can break the hoodoo. “It’s good to back there. It’s basically the same team as last year bar one big player; Rory McMahon. We’re pulling from a panel of just 17 players. In our first game this year our ‘keeper had to play wing forward as one of our players was out injured. Two minutes into the game, he broke his collarbone so that ruled him out for the season. We may not have many players but what we have are some very good players. “Six of our U-21s started for our intermediates in the county final and one came on. That’s …

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