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McDermott Expecting Tough Afternoon For Clare In Breffni Park

Clare’s search for a second win of the 2020 National Football League Division Two takes them to Breffni Park in Cavan this weekend to face an Ulster side in a rich vein of form. The opposite is true of the visitors who have now suffered back to back defeats which leave them bottom of the standings, but only on scoring difference. A win this weekend would leave Clare in a strong position to leapfrog Fermanagh and Kildare in the relegation battle, with two home games in Cusack Park to close out the campaign. Former Clare boss and Cavan native Michéal McDermott feels while fortunes have not been smiling on Clare in recent weeks, there is still plenty left to battle for. “If you have spoken to me two weeks ago I would have said Clare were on the rise and Cavan were on a downward slope. Since half-time in their game with Westmeath, Cavan seem to have transformed their season …

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Clare Youths Bidding For Spot In Inter-League Semi-Final

Clare’s Youth’s soccer side are back in action this weekend as they face near neighbours Limerick in the last eight of the Inter League Cup. The Banner youngsters were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Galway a fortnight ago in their only group game which meant they would be on the road for their last quarter-final tie. The decision by Tipperary North to pull out of the competition after the draw for the group stages had been made meant that Clare and Galway were left with just one game prior to this round, and Clare manager Ruairi Price feels that the amount of work it takes to prepare for the competition far outweighs the game time involved. “The most frustrating thing about it is that you put in so much work for so little game time. I have been on the road for nearly six months watching Youths players and we have only had one game. That is nuts. It is out …

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St Flannan’s Primed For Harty Final Once More

St Flannan’s had to wait 13 years to get back to a Harty Cup final, but 2020 will be remembered as the year they prepared for two finals in the space of a fortnight. The storms that have been battering the country in recent weeks saw the original fixture postponed well past the 11th hour as high winds and driving rain saw the game pulled less than an hour before throw-in in Mallow. This weekends Storm Jorge, a red weather alert, saw the game postponed a further 24 hours. St Flannan’s and CBC will head back the scene in the hopes of finally crossing swords in the province’s most famed colleges hurling competition. St Flannan’s coach Brendan Bugler admits the correct decision was taken on the day to not reduce such a prestigious event to a weather lottery. “It was the right decision on the day to postpone the fixture. We went down thinking it would be played but when …

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Ryan Recalls Glory Days For St Flannan’s Harty Hurling

When St Flannan’s were in their Harty Cup pomp early in the millennium, one man who was central to a lot of their great days out was Newmarket’s Colin Ryan. The 2013 All-Ireland winner enjoyed huge success during his time at the Ennis school with two Harty Cup titles along with a Croke Cup to round off a golden era. He says that time in St Flannan’s was a special period. “It was where the real love of hurling started, and it was great going to school every day with a hurley in my hand and training four days a week with lads you would never have played with. It was the first taste of bringing clubs together and I suppose there was an element too of lads being mad to get out of school for a small bit too and bond. When we look back on the amount of games we played and the amount of time we missed, …

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Darragh Healy Bidding To Follow In His Father’s Footsteps

WINNING A Harty Cup is a special moment in any hurler’s life. The prestigious Munster hurling competition is fervently followed by Alumni and current pupils alike, brightening up many a wet winter Wednesday with white-hot competition on the hurling field. Pat Healy was lucky enough to “share that special bond” with his St Flannan’s side that reigned victorious in 1987, before capturing All-Ireland glory, and the Clarecastle man is hoping his son Darragh can now do the same this Saturday. “Hopefully they get over the line and win it but when you are 17 or 18 you may not always appreciate the moment or that the people you play with Saturday, that you will have a bond with that group forever. And that’s not an overestimation. Ger Rodgers, who I played with all those years ago, text me before the abandoned final recently to wish Darragh well. And that’s 33 years after we won it. That will supercede any one …

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Planning Permission Granted For New Stand At The Home Of Clare Soccer

The Clare District Soccer League has been granted conditional planning permission to construct a stand at Frank Healy Park in Doora. The application to the local authority was to “build a new spectator stand with dressing rooms and storage areas underneath, upgrade the existing waste water treatment system and all associated site and ancillary works”. Conditional permission was granted last week, with one of the conditions being that a new wastewater holding tank be installed. The grounds were named after the late Frank Healy in 2016 in memory of the contribution that the former chairman of the league had made to the game in Clare.

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The Final Whistle With Liam Murphy

There were two things that were obvious in the build up to last Saturday evening’s Oscar Traynor encounter in Doora. The weather was going to be poor and this Wexford team weren’t coming to Ennis to make up the numbers. With the exception of the first 15 minutes where Clare threatened with some early set pieces, their performance over the course of the game, like the number of supporters in attendance, was very poor particularly when you consider it was an All Ireland Quarter Final. On paper before the game kicked off, it was obvious that this Clare side, albeit minus the aerial threat of Stephen Kelly, had the potential to claim a home win and book a semi final spot. If I could handpick an attacking quartet from Clare Soccer based on talent and skill, I would most definitely end up with Hayes, Roche, McCarthy and Mahoney as my favoured choice to provide the fire power to beat this …

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2020 Clare LGFA Club Leagues Underway This Weekend

The 2020 Clare Ladies football club leagues get underway this weekend with games across the four divisions. The top tier comprises of six teams, with defending league champions Banner Ladies, senior championship holders Kilmihil, intermediate champions Cooraclare, West Clare Gaels, Cuíl Gaels and Doora Barefield all vying for honours. The first weekend of games sees Banner Ladies taking on West Clare Gaels, Cooraclare host Cuíl Gaels while Kilmihil go to Doora Barefield. There will be plenty interest in Division Two, where Kilmurry Ibrickane make their return to action following a number of absent years. The Síle Callinan Memorial 7’s winners will face neighbours Miltown along with Burren Gaels, Eire Óg, Kilrush and Fergus Rovers. Kilmurry take on Kilrush in the opening round while the other ties see Miltown travel to face Burren Gaels with Eire Óg hosting Fergus Rovers. Division Three will be contested by Clarecastle, Doora Barefield (2), Liscannor, Clooney and Junior A champions Doonbeg. Division Four comprises of …

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