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McIlroy to skip Irish Open

RORY McIlroy has said he will not play at the Irish Open in Lahinch this summer. He has said he will not be playing there, because he will be focusing on the British Open in Portrush. Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland he said, “If there is ever a year when I feel I can miss this Irish Open, it’s this year. If I was to play the Irish Open, The Open Championship would be my third event in a row. For me, that’s not the best way to prepare for what could be the biggest event of my life.”

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Horse Takes Back The Reins With Kilmurry Ibrickane For 2019 Season

Aidan ‘Horse’ Moloney has been appointed as manager of Kilmurry Ibrickane for the 2019 season. The 1992 Munster championship winner is back with his native club just 12 months after stepping down from the role. He previously led the Bricks to the championship in 2016 and 2017, before making the switch to Cooraclare for a second stint there last year. He also has the distinction of captaining the west Clare outfit to victory on two occasions in 1993 and 2002, while he won four titles with the club along with a Munster club title before hanging up his boots in 2005. His backroom is yet to be finalised, as thoughts turn towards Kilmurry’s bid to win a ninth straight Cusack Cup title when the new season gets underway next month.

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Champion Sports Chat Podcast Monday February 18th 2019

On this week’s podcast: Our guest this week is former Clare hurling captain Tommy Guilfoyle as we review Clare v Cork and look ahead to next weekend’s action. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/577412730″ params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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Newmarket Celtic And Sporting Ennistymon On Brink Of Munster Junior Quarter Final

Two Clare teams go in search of a place in the quarter-finals of the Munster Junior Cup this afternoon. Newmarket Celtic and Sporting Ennistymon both face opposition from Limerick, with Celtic travelling to Dooradoyle to take on Regional United, while Sporting welcome Kilmallock to Lahinch. For the North Clare men, it’s the second year in a row they have been at this stage of the competition after an impressive win on the road over Holycross in the previous round. Ennistymon boss Paidi Vaughan is looking forward to the occasion. “It’s a big day for Sporting, we are not like the Newmarket’s and Avenue’s who traditionally get good runs in these competitions. We got this far last year and we know that when you get to a day like this, it’s one to enjoy. It’s big for the game right across North Clare so hopefully we will get a big crowd out to support us” he said. 12 months ago saw …

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Defeat for Clare on Leeside

Clare have suffered their second defeat of the NHL after a 1-20 to 0-20 loss against Cork in Pairc ui Rinn. The sides were level at the break, with Seamus Harnedy’s fortuitous goal helping the Rebels to parity. His shot from distance deceived the Banner defence and dropped to the net. It came after a strong start from Clare with John Conlon (2), Diarmuid Ryan, Tony Kelly and Ian Galvin all on target to see the Banner lead 0-5 to 0-2 after the opening quarter. Clare responded well to the goal, with a Peter Duggan free and another from Ryan steading the ship, but indiscipline was routinely punished, with Patrick Horgan converting 0-5  from placed balls in the opening period, along with one from play. The sides traded scores in the second half and were level on nine different occasions, before Cork stretched 1-18 to 0-19 clear inside the closing minutes. Tony Kelly hit his sixth point to cut the …

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Farrell- Pressure On Cork To Deliver In Banner Tussle

Clare make the journey down to Páirc Uí Rinn this evening to take on a struggling Cork side that have not yet managed to find form in the national league. Swatted aside by the Cats in Nowlan Park and then overpowered by Wexford on a disgraceful Páírc Uí Chaoimh surface, the Rebels will be desperate to get their first points on the board. RTÉ pundit and former Galway manager, Cyril Farrell, believes Cork will be fired up or this game due to the pressure they now find themselves under, but Clare’s recent form and strong panel make them worthy favourites. “Cork have been disappointing so far. I’ve seen both their games and when the games got physical, they didn’t match up at all. The conditions did not suit them the last day, as they’re a top of the ground team, but in both games, when Kilkenny got stuck into them and Wexford the last day – they didn’t match up. …

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Moloney Confident Clare Are Primed For Big Performance In Rebel Showdown

Clare resume their National Hurling League campaign this Saturday evening when they travel to Pairc ui Rinn to take on Cork with a 7.15pm start. The Banner come into the game off the back of an impressive win over Kilkenny last time out, while the Rebels will be smarting after losing out to Wexford and Kilkenny in the opening two rounds. Joint Clare boss Donal Moloney feels they’re ready to hit the ground running. “This break in the league has probably been welcome because it precedes the three games on the trot that are coming up against Cork, Wexford and Limerick. It’s a chance for people to draw breath because it’s an incredibly competitive league irrespective of the forthcoming structures. It’s ferociously competitive as we have seen in the first few rounds. I think every team has really gone after raising their level of performance because the reality is, this is the primary preparation for championship and the round-robin series …

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This Sporting Life – Thursday February 14th 2019

There have been many obituaries written in memory of the great game of Gaelic football over the last few years. Pundits have lamented the seemingly long forgotten days of the catch and kick game that brought the likes of Mick O’Connell, the Bomber Liston and the mighty Tom Morrissey to prominence. Gone, we are told, are the days when the game was played out between 30 men who would fight to the death in a survival of the fittest. The emergence of the hand-pass and the blanket defence have left many pining for the days of old, with the roar of “let it in” ever more prominent now at games. Such was the clamour to end the dark practice of possession based football, the GAA trialled their ill-fated three hand-pass rule which thankfully never saw the light of day again after the pre-season competitions had ended this year. I think everyone will agree that the last three or four years …

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