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13 gold for Clare athletes at Munster championships

THE Munster juvenile U-12, U-13 plus U-16 to U-19 track and field championships were held in beautiful weather conditions at Cork IT track over two days at the weekend. Clare athletes came away with a total of 13 gold, six silver and five bronze medals.Harriett Flynn (Shannon) won gold in the girls’ U-18 800m and 1,500m, with Katie McInerney (Tulla) taking gold in the girls’ U-17 shot putt. Niamh Markham (Ennis Track) also took double gold in the girls’ U-16 800m and 1,500m and Aishling Darcy (Ennis Track) won the girls’ U-17 800m and 1,500m.In the U-17 boys’ 400m and 800m, Eamon Chesser (Ennis Track) was the winner while his clubmate Adrian Kearney, running in the boys’ U-18 3,000m Steeplechase captured the gold medal. He also took gold in 3,000m and a silver medal in the 1,500m.Darragh Lynch caused a major surprise to win the boys’ U-18 800m and Jamie Roche (Ennis Track) took gold in the boys’ U-12 600m.In …

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Over 5,000 expected at athletics finals on Sunday

THE Golden Vale Clare Community Games Athletic Finals take place this Sunday in the Lees Road complex. Over 5,000 children will gather for this spectacular event with assembly for the parade at 11.30am the parade and official opening at 12 noon. Athletics will commence at 1pm with the U-10 mixed relay. GymnasticsGYMASTICS finals were held at the Ennis Gymnastic Club on Sunday last. The event attracted a good turnout of competitors and spectators from a number of areas around the county.Hugo Kinahan (Cratloe), Jane Taylor (Quin/Clooney) and Elizabeth Russell (St John’s Ennis), last year’s medal winners at the National Community Games Finals at Athlone, again showed their skill and expertise in winning their respective events and qualifying again for the national finals.The presentation of medals were made by the county president and vice-president, John and Cecilia O’Sullivan. The president complimented all the competitors for participating, the judges, Maria and Emma Sheehy who travelled from Kerry and Mary Callinan and Megan …

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Fr Jack has a star performer for Oaks shot

The field for next Saturday’s final of the Sporting Press Oaks is a quality one (the trap draw will make it more interesting) but Fr Jack Meade’s Dalcash Dvinsky must stand a great chance of bringing the Oaks title back to Clare for the first time since 1984.All six owners can make good cases for their chances but the unbeaten Dalcash Dvinsky and Shelbourne Dawn must be respected after their impressive semi-finals successes  last Saturday night. Both won in style and will carry a lot of support into the final.Dalcash Dvinsky is unbeaten in her last six outings including the final of the Olympic Bee Puppy Oaks and the Press Oaks. Last Saturday night she was the 7/4 favourite to win the first semi-final heat from trap two. There was an even break and the West Clare-owned daughter of Ace Hi Rumble-Dalcashy Diva appeared as she might be squeezed to the turn. However, she forced her way through to lead …

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Walkovers lead to football play-offs

WHILE scoring differences apply this season in the various Clare GAA competitions, there will be, as per rule, some play-offs.In Division 4 football, three teams, Cooraclare, Coolmeen and Miltown, finished on seven points each.Coolmeen received a walkover in their final game, which affects their scoring difference. Where walkovers are involved, the rule allows for play-offs, so the three teams will play off for the remaining semi-final position.The draw has paired Coolmeen against Cooraclare this Sunday, with the winners going on to play Miltown for a semi-final date against group leaders Corofin. In the other semi-final, Lissycasey will play Kilmurry-Ibrickane. Ennistymon and O’Callaghan’s Mills have been relegated.There is also a play-off in Division 5, as Kilrush and Wolfe Tones each finished on seven points. Kilrush received two walkovers during the campaign and this has resulted in the play-off. The winners will qualify in fourth position and will play Kilmihil in the semi-final, with Meelick taking on Shannon Gaels in the other …

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Civic honour for Special Olympic heroes

CLARE’S Special Olympic athletes will be accorded a civic reception by Clare County Council in Arás an Chláir next Monday, to mark their achievements in the national games in Limerick last week.The 36 athletes representing the county did outstanding in their fields over the four-day event.A number of athletes excelled in gymnastics for St Claire’s School in Ennis with Conrad McCullough coming out on top in the men’s artistic competition with no less than seven gold medals. Joseph Linnane claimed five gold and two silver in the same competition, while Sam Woods took home two gold and one silver. For the ladies, Emma Hoban, Shona Hargaden and Fiona Gavin were to the fore in the rhythmic gymnastics competition. Emma secured a gold, silver and two bronze medals; Shona claimed a gold, three silver and a bronze medal while Fiona took home a silver medal and three bronze.In athletics, Gerard Hough took gold in the 100m run and silver in the …

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Let the games begin

WHILE hopes were high that the event would go from strength to strength when it was launched back in 1971, Féile na nGael has developed beyond all expectations would prove to be.This weekend the 40th national festival of U-14 hurling, camogie and handball will take place across Clare involving over 5,000 boys and girls.Planning for this year’s event has been underway since the beginning of the year and all in the Féile executive are satisfied that this year’s promotion will match the high standard that has been set by previous committees.It’s been all of 24 years since the festival first came to the Banner county and the staging of the 1986 and 1987 festivals in Clare proved hugely successful. County officials are confident that this year’s event will be equally so.The teams will arrive on this Friday morning and first round games are scheduled for early afternoon before all teams, both hosts and visitors, will assemble at Cusack Park for …

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Clarecastle bridge 36-year gap

THE Cumann na mBunscol GAA season drew to a close in the past week with finals in the camogie and hurling championships taking place. The games produced some excellent entertainment and the outcome in most matches was in doubt right to the final whistle. Clarecastle 2-5Clonlara  1-4 Clarecastle bridged a 36-year gap to their last success in Division 1 hurling when they defeated Clonlara in the final at Sixmilebridge on Tuesday. This was a very evenly contested tie for the most part and the teams were level at half time when the score was 1-0 to 0-3, the goal coming from Kevin Mulcaire.The sides continued to be evenly matched until the last five minutes when Conor Ryan scored his team’s second goal that sent the magpies on the way to a title they last held in 1974. Clarecastle: Jake Kearney; Michael McCarthy, Darren Crowe, Mark McCabe, Kevin Hartigan, Jack Hayes, Hayden Starr, Kevin Mulcaire, Josh Kelly, Conor Ryan, Adam Cassidy, …

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St Joseph’s on top in underwhelming tie

Group 1 St Joseph’s 1-10 Cratloe 0-8 ST JOSEPH’S and Cratloe have produced some excellent contests at minor and U-21 levels in recent years but the standard of play when they met in this senior championship first round at Cusack Park on Saturday fell well short of what was expected.St Joseph’s dominated the tie and were full value for their victory in what was a dull affair. There was one very bright note and it was provided by Enda Lyons who gave an excellent display at corner-forward for the winners. He contributed 1-4 of their tally and it was his 1-3 in the opening half that sent the Doora-Barefield men on the road to this win.Through to the semi-final stages of the Division 2 league, St Joseph’s went into this game as hot favourites and they justified this rating as they dominated in most areas against a Cratloe outfit that failed to play to the standard they set in recent …

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