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Clare Champion Sport Review Of The Year 2019 And Sports Person Of The Decade

Derrick Lynch High point of 2019 There can only be one moment that stands out above all others for Clare sport in 2019, and that was undoubtedly Scariff-Ogonnelloe’s Munster senior camogie success. The East Clare side swept all before them this year in the championship, with that incredible statistic that they were never behind in any game across the campaign being a testament to their consistency. The fact that this was only their third year back up to the senior ranks makes the achievement all the more brilliant, as they established themselves as the dominant force in the province. From the battling qualities needed on the night they took down defending champions Inagh-Kilnamona, to the composure and confidence of their Munster final win, this was a year to remember for Scariff-Ogonnelloe, with hopefully more to come. Low point of 2019 It is hard to choose between the disappointment of the on-field performances for the Banner’s hurlers in 2019, or the …

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Comment: More Questions Than Answers After Hurling Review

Derrick Lynch From the outset, let it be noted that no one is questioning the fact that the officers of Clare GAA are hard working volunteers who sacrifice a huge amount of time in the execution of their duties. That is an indisputable and accepted fact. That being said, there are a number of worrying and disappointing issues arising out of last week’s annual Convention that are simply not good enough. Let me make this very clear. This is by no means a personal attack on any individual officer but there are points which must be raised and questioned. The most disappointing aspect on the night has to be the failure of any member of the executive, or indeed club delegates, to pay tribute to the late Kieran Harvey. At the time of his passing, the O’Curry’s clubman was the sitting chairman of the Clare Ladies Football board and deserved to have his achievements noted and his family sympathised with. …

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Third professional contest for ‘Real Deal’ Donovan

ENNIS welterweight Paddy Donovan has his third professional fight this Friday night in the UK, while he has been installed on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s next fight in New York on St Patrick’s Day. On Friday, he will face Nicaraguan Oscar Amador in Bolton and it should be a relatively easy night’s work for Donovan. The 20-year-old welterweight is trained by former world champion Andy Lee, who acknowledged that Amador is really a journeyman fighter. “He is, yeah, but he has been in with some very good fighters, world-class fighters. This is where Paddy’s at in his career, picking up experience. Right before Christmas, we wanted a fight where he will learn a bit more.” A hugely successful amateur, Lee says that keeping his focus outside of the ring is probably the biggest challenge his protege has had to deal with since turning professional. “The lifestyle, I think, is the biggest adjustment for Paddy; it is something he is …

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New Clare Selector Ken Ralph Encouraged By Positive Atmosphere Ahead Of New Campaign

Derrick Lynch His Banner passport has been stamped with a long time, but the thoughts of facing his native Tipperary in his first competitive outing as new Clare hurling selector is something Ken Ralph is clearly relishing. When asked about the prospect of the new era getting underway with a Munster League opener against the reigning All-Ireland champions, he just grinned and said: “Someone told me we will have to applaud them onto the pitch and I said I had nearly forgotten about that”. His heroics in both the saffron and blue along with the black and white of his adopted Clarecastle means his credentials as a fully fledged Clare man have long since been signed off on. A Munster club championship winner with the Magpies in 1997, he accounted for 1-4 of their tally in that famous final win over Patrickswell. He was captain six years later when Clarecastle won the Canon with victory over Ballyea, with a return …

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Champions Lead The Way In 2019 Clare Camogie All-Star Awards

Derrick Lynch After their historic county and Munster successes, it is no surprise that Scariff-Ogonnelloe lead the way in the 2019 Clare Camogie All-Star team. The initiative has been set up this year by Scariff Bay Community Radio in conjunction with Derg Credit Union, who have also provided the trophies for the 2019 awards. It comes after a year that saw the East Clare based station further expand their coverage of camogie in the county, with commentary of all Clare’s league and championship games along with extensive coverage of the club scene. Scariff-Ogonnelloe climbed the provincial peak at senior level at the first time of asking while their maiden county title came after successive defeats at the last four stages in previous campaigns. The consistency of their performances in 2019 meant that they not only navigated to glory unbeaten, but were never behind in any of their championship outings. They will be bidding to continue that strong run when they …

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O’Brien Honoured To Follow In Harvey’s Footsteps As Clare LGFA Chairman

Derrick Lynch It can be a rare occurrence in the GAA where there is total agreement in a boardroom setting, but this week’s Clare Ladies Football annual Convention was one of them. Tributes flowed on an emotional evening as former chairman and stalwart Kieran Harvey was remembered and honoured by all those present following his untimely passing last month, while his presence still evident with a smiling photo of the Querrin native watching over proceedings from the big screen behind the top table. Munster LGFA President and Cork native Jerome Casey sat in the chairman’s seat for the first half of the meeting, and recalled his memories of Kieran whom he described a great friend and hard-working person. He spent time working with Kieran on the appeals committee at Munster Council level and praised the dedication he showed to the cause.  Secretary Monica Callinan hailed Kieran’s ability to always find the middle ground, even where there was none. She said …

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Outgoing Clare LGFA Treasurer Hails Healthy State Of Board Finances

Outgoing treasurer of Clare Ladies football Bernie Regan told this week’s annual Convention that the board have a balance of over €11,000 at the end of the 2019 financial year. The Wolfe Tones clubwoman was presenting her final treasurers report as she stood down from the role, with the Mayo native having also spent time as chairperson of the board. The income for the year to the end of October stood at €106,468 while the treasurer informed the meeting that other church gate collection fundraisers were not included in that figure as they took place after the books had closed. Expenditure for the year came to a total of €92,035, with the intermediate team expenses taking up the bulk of that figure at a cost of €53,402. The treasurer outlined that the largest income figure was gate receipts with almost €25,000 taken at matches during the year, while there was also a €9,000 Women’s Gaelic Players Association grant along with …

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Clare GAA Delegates To Discuss Motion To Sell Clareabbey Site In Favour Of Caherlohan Move

There are 37 motions to be discussed by delegates at the 2019 Clare GAA Convention this Thursday evening, but one of those could lead to a new administrative home for the association in the county in 2020. Tulla GAA Club is behind the motion, which calls for the board to sell their property in Clareabbey and move their headquarters to Caherlohan. The motion states that this could be looked into in the next three months. Caherlohan, which is located in the parish of Tulla, is currently the site for Clare GAA’s Centre of Excellence facility while Clareabbey is the current administrative base. The Clareabbey site also includes dressing rooms and a pitch along with adjacent car parking spaces. Meanwhile Tulla GAA Club is also calling for club delegates to the county board meetings to be subject to the five year rule, which is currently in place in relation to the term that officers can hold in their board positions, while …

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