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Clare dominate North Munster Schools

The North Munster Schools Cross Country Championships were held in ideal weather conditions at Salesian Secondary College Pallaskenry, County Limerick. Clare athletes dominated all eight races and delivered some outstanding individual performances. Áine Rouine (Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon) was fourth in the minor girls’ 1,500m, with Coláiste  Mhuire, Ennis winning the team title on 22 points and (Kilkee) fourth on 62 points.Micheal Clancy (Kilmihil) won the minor boys’ 2,000m.Laura Power (Coláiste  Mhuire, Ennis) led from start to finish to take the Junior girls with another Team Title going to (Coláiste Mhuire Ennis)  on 22 points) with (Kilkee)  second on 25 points.Stephan Rooney (Gael Choliste An Cháir) was very impressive when taking the junior boys and they also captured the team title on 31 points.In the intermediate girls, Niamh Markham (St Flannan’s) finished a very good third, with 11 Clare athletes in the top 15 and all have qualified for the Munster Schools Cross Country in Cork IT on February 17. Laura …

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Kennedy Cup semi-final slot for Ballyhannon

Ballyhannon is still in a position to make it an exciting year for the Duggan family from Castlefergus, Quin. He has reached the semi-finals of the Vetsearch International White E Kennedy Cup at the Limerick Greyhound Racing Stadium after qualifying from secoind round heats last Saturday night.He finished in third place in the fastest heat of the night won in 28.69 by the Templeglantine and Pat Guillfoyle trained Joey JoJo Junior who was sent off the 5/4 favourite. Drawn in trap three, the winner broke fast to lead all the way and beat the Ardfert-owned KilloraneBoy by two lengths. Ballyhannon was the same distance back for third spot.The clock stopped at 28.81 for Ballymac Lefanta, the winner of the opening heat by four lengths from Bua Dearg. The last qualifying place in this heat went to Belvedere Fox.Slow off the mark from trap one and baulked on the way, Cabra Legend, the even money favourite, finished in last place in …

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Belharbour point-to-point under starter’s orders

County Clare Hunt host their annual point-to-point at Belharbour on Sunday and a big turnout is expected at the North Clare track for what promises to be a great day’s racing. The lands of Dermot and Jennifer Linnane will be turned into a racecourse for the afternoon and this well-appointed left-handed venue in now considered one of the best tracks in the entire country. Sunday’s six-race card kicks off at 1pm with a four-year-old maiden over two and a half miles and this will be followed half an hour later by the confined maiden that is restricted to horses holding a hunter’s cert from the County Clare Hunt. A maiden race for five-year-old geldings’ is next on the list with a similar event for six-year-old geldings following that. The penultimate contest is a winners of one race with a five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden bringing proceedings to a close. As usual at this venue, punters will be paying particular attention …

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Flannan’s lose out to favourites Tralee

  Tralee CBS  1-15 St Flannan’s  1-12 IN a most entertaining Corn Uí Mhuirí, Munster colleges senior football quarter-final at Glin on Wednesday, favourites Tralee CBS had to pull out all the stops to overcome St Flannan’s. Level at 1-10 each with 12 minutes remaining, there were a number of anxious faces amongst the Tralee supporters. St Flannan’s had the assistance of the breeze in the second half and were causing problems for the Kerry side in a number of vital areas.However, when the pressure came on, Tralee responded impressively and four points in eight minutes turned this tie their way. St Flannan’s, to their credit, responded again to cut the margin to two and should have been awarded a free when Conor Cleary was held up as he tried to break through. Referee Michael Meade had other ideas and waved play on. Tralee won possession and launched an attack, which ended with a Niall Sheehy point to seal their …

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‘Exiles’ help Clare to McGrath Cup final

Clare  1-10 Waterford  0-10 ON what was an historic day for Clare football, the county senior side got back to winning ways againstWaterford when deservedly accounting for the Déise outfit in the semi-final of the McGrath Cup. Clare now face Kerry in the final on Saturday. Having been granted permission on Friday last to include players, one or both of whose parents come from the county, Clare headed for Waterford with three of those players in their squad.Niall Browne, who plays his club football with Twomilehouse in Kildare, was in the starting line-up at wing-forward and he scored Clare’s opening point. David O’Connor from the St Bridget’s club in Dublin was introduced at half-time and he scored the game’s only goal, a crucial score in the hard fought tie. Adrian Cahill from the Cellbridge club in Kildare was included among the substitutes but wasn’t called into action on this occasion.The game was played on an excellent pitch at Ardmore, having …

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Clarecastle club hosts girls finals

Last weekend Clarecastle played host to the girls county handball singles championships. In excess of 40 players from different clubs in the county gathered to compete in the A and B competitions, highlighting the strength of the game in the county.Two finals have yet to be decided and they will be played this week. This week sees the trials commencing for the secondary schools Munster competition which will commence in early February. Meanwhile, Clare’s top minor players such as Ciaran Malone and Jamie Lynch will be in action this week along with a host of other bright young county stars as they seek to try an capture the minor county title. The county B boys singles competitions got underway also last weekend, with each club in the county hosting a particular age bracket. These will be run over the next couple of weekends culminating in a weekend final action which will feature all age brackets. ResultsU-12A: Final to be played …

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Hurricane Flys into contention for Cheltenham

With the Cheltenham Festival just six weeks away, the countdown to the biggest jumps meeting of the entire season has begun in earnest and Willie Mullins’ Hurricane Fly stamped himself a real Champion Hurdle candidate when running out the very impressive winner of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.A high-class hurdler, Hurricane Fly went off a very prohibitive 4/9 favourite to beat his four rivals in this €110,000 Grade One two-mile contest and Paul Townend’s mount didn’t let his fans down. Content to track his KatieWalsh-ridden stablemate A Thousand Stars for three-quarters of this race, Hurricane Fly mounted his challenge in between that horse and Solwhit going to the final flight and it was as clear as day that Townend’s mount was travelling much the better at that stage.The winner glided over the last before bounding away on the run-in to beat old rival Solwhit and Davy Russell by three-and-a-half-lengths with the pace-setting A Thousand Stars …

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