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Clare seniors face Cork in Clarecastle

THE Clare senior ladies football team enter the championship arena next Wednesday evening in Clarecastle, when Cork come visiting. The match will throw in at 8pm. Cork recently won the national league division 1 title, while Clare beat Fermanagh in the Division 3 decider. So it would appear at first glance that Clare have little chance of winning this weekend. When the teams met in last year’s Munster final, Cork won by 13 points but were subsequently beaten by Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Clare also reached the quarter-final stage where they lost narrowly to the Dublin team who went on to win the All-Ireland. While Clare’s league status and last year’s defeat to Cork doesn’t augur well for them, they do have some outstanding attacking talent in their panel. Eimear Considine, Niamh O’Dea, team captain Niamh Keane and Naomi Carroll are among the best forwards in the province, while if Louise Henchy and Marie Considine link up at midfield, …

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Fifth successive win for Kilmurry

Kilmurry Ibrickane     2-6 St Joseph’s Miltown     0-7 Kilmurry Ibrickane won their fifth Cusack Cup game in-a-row Sunday morning when they defeated neighbours Miltown in Hennessy Memorial Park. This result overturned last year’s Cusack Cup fixture, which Miltown won in what was Kilmurry’s first Cusack Cup game after their All-Ireland club final appearance in Croke Park. Kilmurry are already through to this year’s Cusack Cup semi-final, while Miltown are very likely to secure a place in the last four if they beat Doonbeg on Saturday evening. The sides were tied at 1-2 to 0-5 at half-time last weekend. Noel Downes scored Kilmurry’s first-half goal, while Stephen Moloney and Ian McInerney kicked their points. Kevin Keavey kicked three first-half points for Miltown, while Gary Egan and Micheál Malone also pointed. Miltown were, of course, playing their second game inside three days. They defeated St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield in their opening championship group game in Kilmihil on Friday evening. Dessie Mollohan, Seán …

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Molohan scores integral to Miltown win

A contribution of 1-3 from Dessie Molohan helped Miltown to a merited win over St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield in the opening round of the Clare Senior Football Championship at Kilmihil on Friday evening.The game had been deferred from the previous weekend due to the untimely death of St Joseph’s player Niall White and before Friday’s game got underway a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the late St Joseph’s and Clare senior player.This was a poor contest in which Miltown’s greater experience proved decisive. While they deserved their victory on the evening, St Joseph’s will look back on a game in which they missed some very easy chances, particularly in the opening half when they managed nine wides. They managed just two scores from play during the course of the hour when four of their starting forward line failed to find the target.While only two of Miltown’s forward line managed to get on the scoresheet, the others …

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Hat-trick sends Crusheen clear

Clare Champion Cup Crusheen      3-14Clarecastle     2-15 Crusheen cemented their position at the top of Division 1 of the Clare Champion Cup with this win over Clarecastle.Conditions were perfect for open hurling and even though both sides were missing championship regulars, a lively encounter ensued. Patrick O’Grady, who scored a hat-trick against Clarecastle in the intermediate, did likewise in this game with each goal coming at a crucial period for Crusheen. The home side could have snatched a draw and a missed chance near the end signalled the end of their challenge. Pat Kelly lining out at centre-back for Clarecastle opened the scoring after seven minutes followed two minutes later by a Darragh O’Doherty point for the winners. Kevin O’Dwyer responded for Clarecastle before Patrick O’Grady blasted home from close range for the game’s first goal in the 11th  minute. The visitors led 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval.Fergus Kennedy, who had lined out with the Clare U-21’s in …

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A huge step forward for Clare camogie

“CLARE camogie is delighted that the project to bring to fruition a county camogie grounds at Doora has taken a huge step forward,” Clare Camogie chairperson, Orla Considine said earlier this week.“Clare Camogie lodged notice for planning permission in last week’s Clare Champion. This notice looks for planning for dressing rooms, toilet facilities, fencing, rear goal netting, lighting posts, and surface car parking. The plans will shortly be lodged with Clare County Council,” the chairperson outlined.She went onto point out that Clare County Council agreed to provide a field for Clare camogie back in 1988. “The process was re-ignited two years ago and after many council meetings and meetings between the council and camogie boards, this is the next step. Clare Camogie, at its June meeting, set up a development committee to deal with issues around the field development, implementation, funding and future development. This committee consists of Michael Maher, Orla Considine, Joe Cooney, Patricia McCarthy, Pat Hayes, Dr Pádraig …

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New era for St Joseph’s at Gurteen

THE weather may not have been as kind as officials had hoped for but the heavy rain did not deter the crowds from flocking to Gurteen on Sunday for the official opening of the St Joseph’s GAA club’s new facilities.From early morning, young and old gathered for a day of celebration, which got underway with the parade of young teams representing camogie, ladies’ football, hurling and football.Because of the heavy rain, many of the activities were switched to the club’s magnificent new hall. Parish priest Fr Jerry Carey was the chief celebrant of mass in the hall, which involved the parish choirs with soloist, Caroline O’Connor.Mass was followed by the blessing of the new facilities by Canon Caimin O’Carroll after which well-known GAA broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh performed the official opening. The GAA’s director general, Padraic Duffy, then performed the official launch of the club’s commemorative book, a publication which runs to over 200 pages covering all aspects of GAA …

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Ennis progress in Jimmy Bruen Shield

ENNIS won their section of the Jimmy Bruen competition at the weekend on their own course. They opened their challenge for honours with a 4-1 win over Woodstock, who had defeated Dromoland in round one, and this put them into a section semi-final against Kilkee, where they won on a score of 3½ to 1½.In other first-round games, Kilkee beat Kilrush, Shannon beat Spanish Point and East Clare accounted for Lahinch. Shannon then scored a 4-1 win over East Clare to set up a section final date on Sunday with Ennis. The home side won this on a 3½ to 1½ scoreline and they are now through to the North Munster semi-final against Roscrea or Adare Manor. This game will take place in Nenagh on June 24.The members of the Ennis panel are Kieran Ryan and Paul Higgins; Victor Coote and Jason Woods; Alan Butler and Enda Heaney; Ian Myatt and Mark Geraghty; TJ Scanlan and Cyril Corry and David …

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O’Neill sets new Munster high jump record

CLARE athletes won 13 medals, four gold, four silver and five bronze, at the Munster juvenile U-9, U-10 and U-11 2×2 team events, plus the boys and girls’ U-12 and U-13 Track and Field Championships, which were held over two days at the Lees Road Sports Complex. It is was the first time that the championships were held at the venue and the event attracted over 2,000 people.The star of the show on day one was Alex O’Neill, St Cronan’s, who set a new Munster record in the girls’ U-12 high jump at 1.37m, along with Vicky Cusack, Liscarroll, Cork. They both went for 1.40m and failed on the final three jumps, with Alex taking the silver medal. She also captured a silver medal in the 600m.Day two was held in very wet conditions. Tara Kelly, St Mary’s, won the girls’ U-12 long jump and Alex O’Neill captured the bronze medal, with Grace Moloney, Tulla winning the U-12 ball throw.In …

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