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Rodgers and Burke shine

The Clare Athletics Association juvenile U-9 to U-19 plus intermediate and U-23s cross country championships were held on the lands of Terry and Siobhán Hennessy, Kilmaley, in beautiful weather conditions over a testing course.There were some outstanding individual performances with big fields in all races. Ennis Track captured the Clare Athletics Association Shield for the best overall club on day two with 82 points from Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare on 69 points and St John’s on 44 points.The intermediate and U-23 ladies’ races over 4,000m were run together. Claire Madigan, St John’s, running in the U-23 event, ran a big race along with Marian Burke, St Mary’s, in the intermediate girls. They both made an early break, along with Sharon Rynne, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, with Loretta Duggan, St Mary’s, in close pursuit. On the final lap, Claire Madigan made a decisive move on the steep hill to race away to a very good victory, with Marian Burke having a great race …

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Claremen help Kilburn Gaels to first London title

There was a strong Clare involvement with newly crowned London senior hurling champions Kilburn Gaels, who beat Seán Treacy’s to win the title for the first time on Sunday.Clooney-Quin man Noel Harrison was the team trainer and a selector and also in the selection committee is Brendan O’Connor from Kilmaley.Ogonnelloe’s Brian Forde captained the team from corner-back while his brother, Colm, was at centre-back. Clonlara’s Phil Fennessy played at wing-back while former Clare player John Reddan, captain of the Banner county’s All-Ireland minor winning team from 1997, lined out at centre-forward and scored 1-3 from play in the team’s 3-11 to 0-7 success.Former Clare hurler Mickey Burke from Whitegate was one of the founders of the club, which was set up in 1996. They contested the London final in 2006 when they were trained by Clooney-Quin and Clare hurler Fergal Lynch, who was attending college in London at the time. In the final that year, they lost to Robert Emmett’s.Emmett’s …

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‘Being part of the club is special’

FOOTBALL is special in Doonbeg and every parishioner wants to be part of the club. That’s the way it has been for as long as current senior team captain Colm Dillon can remember.“Being part of the club is special. We were brought up to support the club in the way our parents and our neighbours did. We see that when we finish playing, we will carry on the work they have done and that is reflected in the way those of us who are based away from the parish and the county return week in week out to represent the club. It’s taken for granted that we would do that. It is something that is bred in us,” said Dillon.A secondary school teacher in Piper’s Hill College in Naas, the Doonbeg skipper was educated at Doonbeg National School, St Joseph’s Community College, Kilkee, St Flannan’s and UL.He developed a love of football at an early age.“When I started to play …

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