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Clare Sweating On A Number Of Key Players Ahead Of 2019 Hurling Season

Clare are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of the 2019 National Hurling League. Management have confirmed that Conor McGrath is set to be absent for a number of months after undergoing surgery on a shoulder problem, while captain Pat O’Connor is also recovering from ankle and shoulder issues. All-Star duo John Conlon and Peter Duggan are also working their way back to full fitness due to knee and hand injuries respectively, while Paul Flanagan is continuing his rehab work after surgery on his knee. Joint manager Gerry O’Connor says injuries at this time of year are often as a result of players having put surgeries on hold in the latter part of the previous season. “Every time we have a conversation at this time of the year, you have lads who have put off niggly injuries from the inter-county season and then they play through their club championship before taking a break and rehabbing …

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Clare Champion Review Of 2018 Clare Club Hurling Championships

Ballyea proved themselves the comeback kids in more ways than one in the 2018 Clare Senior Hurling Championship. The provincial kings of 2016 claimed back the Canon Hamilton against all the odds in a year that saw them without a number of the panel that went all the way to Croke Park two years ago. Captain Stan Lineen, Gearoid ‘Gudgie’ O’Connell, Cathal Doohan, Paul Flanagan, Damien Burke and Pat Joe Connolly were all among the absentees for various reasons in 2018, while the man who started out the year in goal, Kevin Sheehan, would end up as a championship winning manager. With such a turnover in a short space of time, you could have forgiven Ballyea for needing time to bed in their new boys. They didn’t need it though as Barry Coote marshalled the goal, Brandon O’Connell and Aonghus Keane excelled in defence, while Tadgh Lynch and Cillian Brennan slotted seamlessly into the attack. It was also a year …

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Niamh has her sights set on US colleges’ indoor season

If her older brothers are up for a Christmas run, Niamh Markham is ready. The Bradley University Masters student is home from the US for Christmas. Already a teacher training graduate of St Pat’s in Drumcondra, Niamh, who is from Derryguiha, which straddles Coolmeen and Kilmurry McMahon, is studying Non Profit Leadership in the US, while also running for the college. While at home, she is training regularly with her old club, Ennis Track, and around the roads of West Clare. She is confident that she would definitely leave her eldest brother in her wake. “Brian Markham is into the GAA now. He’s football mad. I’d definitely take him, although maybe not over the sprint. He knows that. I’d say he wouldn’t even race me now. Liam is still in Chicago and is working over there. He’s still running and he joined Padraig Pearses GAA Club. He started playing with them this summer. It’s always going to be in us …

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Newmarket Strike Late To Advance In Munster Junior Cup

Munster Junior Cup Round Two: Newmarket Celtic 2-0 Turnpike Rovers Newmarket Celtic were forced to overcome a stubborn challenge from Turnpike Rovers before sealing their spot in the next round of the Munster Junior Cup. Second half goals from substitute Daithí O’Connell and David McCarthy eventually broke a resolute Rovers defence who had stood firm until the closing quarter of the game. The sides were dead-locked at half-time with Newmarket having the lions share of possession in the opening period. The closest the home side at McDonough Park came to breaking the deadlock in the first half was just before the break when a teasing cross from the right by Ian Collins was met on the volley by Garry Higgins. He managed to beat the keeper but not the frame of the goal as the ball crashed off the underside of the crossbar and was cleared away to safety. That trend continued in the second half with Eoin Hayes connecting …

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Clare GAA Holds 2018 Annual Convention

There is no change to the executive of Clare GAA for 2019. There was one contest on the night as PJ McGuane was voted in to remain as vice-chairman having been challenged for the position by Cratloe’s Jack Chaplin. Joe Cooney remains for another term as chairman while Michael Gallagher (Treasurer) and Michael O’Connor (PRO) were also returned unopposed. Mr Cooney also told the meeting that during the period where he will be contesting the Local Elections in 2019, he proposed that Mr McGuane take over the chairmanship. The Cooraclare clubman said he would give the proposal serious consideration.   Both income and expenditure for the board in 2018 surpassed the €2 million mark with an overall surplus of €154,000 declared. Ballyea’s motion that games which finish level after extra time be decided by a replay received backing from clubs despite Clare’s Central Council delegate John Fawl advising that a change is coming which will see penalties used to decide …

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Hero’s Welcome For Duggan In Clooney

Peter Duggan is a man riding on a crest of a wave and he knows it’s something to savour. The Clooney/Quin man enjoyed a stellar 2018 which saw him pick up a first ever All-Star award for his performances across the season as he finished as the championship top scorer. Another award came his way this week but this one was of a much more sentimental variety. Principal of Duggan’s former stomping ground in Clooney National School, Shane Greene, presented him with a memento from the staff and students as he returned to a place that holds many fond memories for him. Students were decked out in their Clare and Clooney/Quin colours to welcome back their local hero while he also presented medals to the boy’s football team who were runners up in their final of the Cumann na mBunscoil tournament earlier this year. Duggan admits it was a special moment for him to be welcomed back in such fashion. …

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Dominant Ennistymon CBS Book Munster Colleges Football Semi Final Spot

Ennistymon CBS eased their way in the semi-finals of the Munster Colleges Senior C Football Championship with a dominant display against their Kerry opponents in this replayed tie. These sides couldn’t be separated after their initial clash, but 1-8 from the boot of Kealan Guyler helped ensure their passage to the last four. Playing with the aid of a considerable wind in the opening half, the North Clare side had a dream start. Dual inter-county minor star Guyler got on the end of a well-worked move to palm the ball home inside five minutes after he had opened the scoring from a free. The Kerry men responded with a point of their own but this was quickly followed by a fine long distance score from Eoin Rouine. The big midfielder then powered through the centre to hammer home a brilliant goal and establish a lead that Ennistymon CBS would never lose. Brendan Rouine added another point soon after before St …

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Clare GAA Clubs And Schools Get Financial Boost From Munster GAA

GAA clubs and schools in Clare have received almost €177,000 from developments grants issued by Munster GAA. The money is part of a total allocation of €1.1 million across the province for capital development projects. Among the top recipients in Clare were Inagh/Kilnamona GAA club who received €27,595, with €26,128 going to Scariff GAA club and Clonlara GAA club who benefitted to the tune of €19,767. A total of 22 applications from Clare were successful for this year’s scheme with sanding grants also allocated to clubs carrying out works on their pitches. The incoming chairman of Munster GAA Liam Lenihan presented the clubs with their cheques at Clare GAA Headquarters in Clareabbey last Wednesday evening. The full list of clubs and schools who received monies is as follows:   Ballyea                                  €12,543.37 Broadford                          €1,557.38 Clonlara                               €19,767.72 Clooney Quin                    €2,400.80 Corofin                                €6,271.69 Cratloe                                €5,943.68 Doonbeg                             €1,334.00 Eire Og                                  €10,197.76 Inagh/Kilnamona             €27,595.42 Kilmurry Ibrickane           €6,271.69 …

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