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Kilfenora back in intermediate

Kilfenora 1-11 Éire Óg 1-6 A year on from losing the 2009 junior A football final at the same venue, Kilfenora returned to the intermediate grade for 2011. Éire Óg’s inability to avail of a glut of first-half chances, including a penalty saved by Liam Keane, definitely helped Kilfenora but their second-half display indicated that they were well worth their win. Austin Kelly turned in an excellent hour’s football, while Killian Malone, who didn’t start, added pace and scoring threat to the winners’ attack. The opening 30 minutes were so even that no more than a point separated the teams at any stage and come half-time, they were level at 0-5 apiece. Along with the Ennis team kicking seven first-half wides, Éire Óg’s David Ryan had his penalty attempt saved. It had been awarded after a foul on Graham Glynn but Kilfenora goalkeeper Liam Keane got down to his right and nudged the ball onto the post. Glynn pointed four …

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Kilmihil clinch senior league title

  Kilmihil 3-12 The Banner 2-8 IN only their second season in senior football, Kilmihil ladies made club history last weekend when they captured their first-ever senior title.In nearby Cooraclare on Sunday evening, they captured the Senior League overcoming a gallant Banner Ladies’ team. There is no taking away from the fact that Kilmihil were the better team in a great game of football. Kilmihil’s defence was rock solid, their midfielders controlled the game and their forwards picked off excellent scores. Edel McMahon was excellent in goals while the full-back line of Linda Russell, Fiona O’Neill and Niamh Keane defended stoutly. The half-back line of Rosie Currane and Una Downes and, in particular, Sarah Cahill attacked every ball. Kilmihil totally dominated midfield where Dympna Walsh played a captain’s part and received great support from Maria Keane, who scored a great goal. Eleanor O’Gorman and Orla Keane, who operated in sweeper roles were excellent and Eimear Considine, scoring 2-3, was in …

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Clare Community Games stars honoured

THE annual Clare Community Games All-Star awards were held last Friday in the West County Hotel. Seventy-two children from 21 areas across the county received awards on the night. Four families had two members receive awards – Jean and Micheál Clancy, Doonbeg; Paul and David Hamilton, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry;  Laura and Sharon Egan, Kilmihil and Fergal and Natasha Coughlan from Quin/Clooney.  The function was attended by Minister Tony Killeen, Deputy Mayor of Clare Michael Kelly, Micheál Roche for sponsors Golden Vale Milk, Billy Saunderson representing the International Police Association, Councillor Mary Howard representing the Mayor of Ennis Tommy Brennan and Fr Willie Russell who held many offices in Clare Community Games before moving to Limerick. Both Minister Killeen and Deputy Mayor Michael Kelly acknowledged the work of those involved in Community Games, especially the volunteers at area and county level.  The Hall of Fame Award was presented to Seán McNamara from Tulla, who has been in involved in Community Games for many …

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St Flannan’s march on in Harty Cup

St Flannan’s 3-17 Thurles CBS 1-13 A tremendous second half performance saw St Flannan’s move closer to a place in the knock-out stage of the Harty Cup with this merited win over the 2009 winners Thurles CBS at Nenagh on Wednesday.Trailing by a point at the interval, 0-8 to 0-9 the Ennis school stepped up a gear for the second half to score a merited win.Two early second half goals from Cathal Doohan and Conor O’Gorman gave them the upperhand and a third goal followed from a Tony Kelly penalty to put the blues in a strong position.Best for St Flannan’s on the day were Noel Purcell, Gearóid O’Connell, Seadna Morey, Conor O’Gorman, Tony Kelly and Cathal Doohan. St Flannan’s: Paul Kennedy (Kilmaley); Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Noel Purcell (do), Conor O’Loughlin (Crusheen); Enda Boyce (Cratloe), Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle), Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea); Jarlath Colleran (Doora-Barefield), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil), Cathal Doohan (Ballyea), Conor O’Gorman (Clarecastle),Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Alan O’Neill …

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St Senan’s kickstart their season

St Senan’s 20 Thurles 13 St Senan’s got what they hope will be a kickstart to their season under new coach Christy Neilan when they beat Thurles at home by seven points in the Munster Junior Division 1 League on Sunday. Played in ideal conditions, St Senan’s went on the attack from the off and with out-half Declan Collins controlling and varying his game, Thurles were on the defence and were lucky to keep their line intact.From a Thurles kick ahead, full-back Davy Dunne made a great break and was unlucky to be stopped short of the Thurles line. The Shannon side kept the pressure on and eventually Thurles conceded a penalty, which Collins kicked to the corner. From the resulting lineout, Senan’s worked the ball infield and Collins broke through the middle to score a try, which he converted.After 28 minutes, Collins again put in a great kick to the corner and from the resulting lineout, Senan’s mauled their …

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Mixed luck in FAI Junior Cup

  Killeaney Athletic 5 Shannon Olympic 3 Shannon Olympic were knocked out of this year’s FAI Junior Cup after a 5-3 away defeat to Killeaney FC from the Desmond League.Olympic started brightly, taking the lead with a neat Karl Scott finish in the third minute. Killeaney equalised in the 15th minute after a penalty was converted by striker Sean O’Connor. In the 33rd minute, Ray Quigley drove home Olympic’s second goal from 16 yards after a Gareth McPhillips shot rebounded into his path. Just before the end of the first half, after Olympic piled on the pressure, David Collins was very unlucky to see his superb 25-yard shot tipped over the bar by the Killeaney keeper Sean Lynch.The second half started with a goal from Killeaney’s Paul Sheehan to level the game. Olympic raised their game after this setback, having several chances at goal, until the game was turned on its head and effectively ended as a competition on 70 …

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Corofin crowned Munster champions

Corofin 2-12 Cappoquin 1-4 COROFIN captured their first Munster Camogie Championship trophy in sunny Cashel last Saturday when they overcame the challenge of Cappoquin from Waterford in the provincial junior final.The victory puts them through to the All-Ireland semi-final against the Ulster champions on November 14.In Saturday’s final, Corofin had the first attack but it ended in a wide in the second minute. The Waterford representatives took the lead through a Jessica Gavin Johnson point before Corofin levelled with a Claire Commane free in the seventh minute.Claire Commane also had the side’s next score when she pointed after taking a pass from Niamh O’Dea but Cappoquin levelled soon after through Jenny McCarthy.Elaine McCarthy and Claire Commane exchanged points as Corofin looked to be taking a grip on the game but then lady luck smiled on Cappoquin. A high, speculative shot into the Corofin goalmouth was taken down by Corofin goalie Carmel Tierney but she was dispossessed and the sliothar ended …

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High-octane showdown promised between Killanena and Ruan

WHATEVER the outcome of this Sunday’s Intermediate Hurling Championship final between Killanena and Ruan, there is sure to be a great atmosphere at Cusack Park for the eagerly awaited clash.Killanena have never won this title while one has to go back to 1978 for Ruan’s last appearance in the final. On that occasion, they beat Clonlara and in the process, held the South-East Clare club scoreless. They returned to senior ranks and contested the senior final in 1988 when they lost to Feakle. A few years later, they dropped back down to intermediate where they have been competing since the early ’90s.Emigration has hit both parishes hard over the years and it would appear that it is beginning to take its toll again. “There are a number of players in our squad this year that are out of work but they answered our call and agreed to remain at home to help us have another crack at winning this title. …

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