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Ennis fighter in national team

Ennis Karate got a big boost this week when 19-year-old Conall Tunney was drafted into the Irish senior men’s team that fought in the Four Nations or ‘grand slam’ tournament in Dublin City University at the weekend. The call-up to the eight-man panel came on the back of the good form that Tunney has shown in a number of competitions.

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Clohessy frees the difference in Liscannor win

Liscannor 0-8Cooraclare 0-6 Although Liscannor defended with more bite and discipline than Cooraclare, it was Alan Clohessy’s superb free taking that proved most influential in helping the ’02 and ’08 finalists into the October 10 county football final. The Liscannor wing-forward nailed five crucial frees, two of which were from distances of 45 yards or more. While Liscannor kicked 12 wides, none of them were from Clohessy frees.

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New schools development structures the way forward

One of the most obvious ways of improving Clare’s underage football record is to concentrate on coaching and development work in the county’s secondary schools. St Flannan’s College in Ennis is the only Clare school who compete in Corn Uí Mhuirí, the Munster A colleges senior football tournament.

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Banner Ladies capture All-Ireland sevens

The Banner Ladies senior seven-a-side team captured the national intermediate All-Ireland title last Saturday when they won the annual tournament hosted by Naomh Mearnóg and St Sylvester GAA clubs in Portmarnock. The Banner girls played and won seven matches in total beating Cappawhite from Tipperary 6-3 to 1-3 in the final.

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Coolmeen clinch C title

Coolmeen 2-9Naomh Eoin-OCurry’s 1-6A brace of superbly finished goals from Jamie Brooks helped Coolmeen to pick up their second successive U-21C championship in Kilrush last Saturday. Centre-forward Kevin Corry, who also scored two points, was instrumental in setting up both goals. The winners led 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval. Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s, all of whom are U-21 again next year, fought manfully against their more experienced opponents. Jack Scanlon, who is emerging as one of his club’s most promising players, scored Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s goal in the second half. Along with Jamie Brooks and Kevin Corry, Coolmeen captain Cathal O’Connor, full-back Martin McMahon and goalkeeper Conor Meaney also excelled for the winners, whose mentors were Mike Murphy and Enda Haugh. While Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s were disappointed to lose, having also lost the minor C decider, they are a very young U-21 team. A number of them should feature in the 2011 Clare minor football panel. Coolmeen: Conor Meaney; Martin McMahon, Eoin Murphy; …

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