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Happy hunting for Quinn and Hassett

LAST Sunday’s Tipperary Foxhounds Point-to-Point at Lisronagh proved a happy hunting ground for Banner representatives with Sixmilebridge trainer Joe Quinn and Quin handler Malachy Hassett both visiting the winner’s enclosure. Quinn was first to hit the target when his promising sort, My Dark Inishowen (5/2F) landed the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Niall Kelleher did the steering aboard this son of Milan, who had hinted at better things to come when second on his only previous start at Askeaton, but the pair may have had luck on their side as Bach To Whitingbay was five lengths clear when falling at the final fence. His exit left the way clear for My Dark Inishowen, who kept on well on the run-in to beat Jack Bennett’s Yellow Dog by five lengths. Quinn, who trains the winner for Derry owner Patrick Doherty, said, “This is a very good horse. This tight track didn’t really suit him and the ground might have been a bit lively …

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Champion honours community and sports stars

IN addition to the teams of the hurling and football championships for 2010, The Clare Champion will also present awards to community activists and to other sports personalities at their upcoming gala awards night at the Clare Inn Hotel on Friday, April 15.The teams of the 2010 senior hurling and football championships, as announced last week, will be joined by the other award winners from the worlds of soccer, athletics, handball, ladies football, camogie, golf and boxing, as well as those being honoured for their work as community activists.The presentation ceremony will conclude with the naming of the overall personality of the year. CommunityTess Barry, Shannon Shannon’s Tess Barry has been involved in a number of community organisations for decades.She is well known for her work in the Tidy Towns and is still very active in trying to make Shannon a more attractive place. Tess was a founder member of the Shannon Senior Citizen’s Club and is still involved with …

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Bittersweet success for kickboxers

As Galway Black Dragon Kickboxers fought for world and European titles in the Black Box theatre, the city and county’s fire crews fought the flames at the Riverside Commercial Park, where the club is based.The Black Dragons, including athletes from Gort, were holding a special event to celebrate 15 years in Galway when news of the fire filtered through to the audience, fighters and club founder. Pete Foley is resilient however, proud of his fighters and optimistic about the future.  “With all the commotion going on last weekend about the big fire in the Riverside Commercial Park in which the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym was burned to the ground, the core element of the club, the people who made it great and who will do so again, were involved in their biggest and most prestigious night of kickboxing,” he said.“The fire, which made headlines on all the newspapers, the radio stations and the TV channels, overshadowed the achievements of …

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Double delight for O’Connor

Cheltenham 2011 will always hold a special place in the heart of Tubber jockey Derek O’Connor, who ended his festival hoodoo in great style when riding two winners at last week’s Prestbury Park bonanza. The seven times point-to-point champion – widely regarded as the finest amateur jockey this country has ever produced – filled a big void in his otherwise excellent CV when steering Gordon Elliott’s Chicago Grey to victory in the National Hunt Chase in Wednesday’s opening race, before really gilding the lily with a 33/1 success aboard Zemsky in Friday’s Christie’s Foxhunter Chase. O’Connor travelled to Cheltenham aware that Chicago Grey held an excellent chance and this was clearly evident as the grey son of Luso came in for strong support, which saw him go off 5/1 favourite for this four-mile contest. Not the most straightforward of rides, Chicago Grey was settled into a lovely rhythm by O’Connor, who scraped the paint off the rails as he hunted …

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World tae kwon do silver for Stephen Ryan

Winning a silver medal at the recent world championships in Wellington in New Zealand was Stephen Ryan’s greatest individual success to date in tae kwan do. He picked up the medal in the senior male patterns 4th to 6th dan category.A native of Clooney and the head instructor at the Quin Taekwando Club, Stephen has been involved in the sport for the past 20 years.A 5th dan black belt and a member of the teaching staff at St Joseph’s in Tulla, he was given a heroes welcome when he returned to Shannon Airport.In addition to his silver medal individual success, he also came home with a bronze medal that he won in the team sparring competitionThe world championships are held every two years. In 2009, the event was held in Argentina where Stephen won two bronze medals.“There were a number of Clare competitors at the Argentina championships. Louise McCagh won three medals at that event. In New Zealand she competed …

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Presidential award for Kilkishen man

KILKISHEN’S Michael McNamara was presented with a GAA presidential award at a function in Croke Park last week.The award was presented in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of Scór over the past 40 years.Michael was one of 16 winners honoured at a special banquet at Croke Park and the scheme recognises long-standing GAA volunteers, who have served the association with distinction in their chosen field over a prolonged period. The recipients chosen by association president, Christy Cooney, were drawn from across all strands of the association and represent all codes and disciplines from the wider GAA family.“This scheme is about honouring and acknowledging those who work so hard on our behalf for such long periods of time, to ensure we have vibrant clubs and activity all over the country. This commitment is not played out in the limelight and does not generate headlines but it is the sort of dedication that makes the GAA what it is,” the …

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Clare out of U-14 championship

The Clare U-14 ladies are out of the Munster U-14 championship. Having fought two very hard battles against Limerick, whom they beat by a point, they lost their opening game against Waterford in the dying minutes of the match. They faced Tipperary in the last of the group matches and within a minute of the throw-in at Wolfe Tones, Clare’s Gráinne Nolan had the ball in the Tipperary net. Tipperary weren’t phased however and Róisín Howard led the charge that would see three goals and six points go between the Clare posts by the end of the first quarter. After 20 minutes, Ann Marie Hayes goaled for Clare and she also pointed minutes later but not before Elaine Fitzpatrick and Sinéad Buckley pulled two points back for the visitors. A Danah King goal closed the gap, only to have Tipperary snatch one more before the break. Reeling somewhat in the first quarter, Clare trailed by eight points,  3-1 to 3-9, …

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