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Duggan wins Dromoland captains prize

NICKY Duggan won the captain’s (Con Ryan) prize at Dromoland on Sunday. There was a huge turnout for the event and after 27 holes Duggan with 104.5 had a shot and a half to spare over Flan Downes. In third spot was Brian Hickey on 107.5 followed by John O’Connor on a similar score, Gay O’Gara on 108.5, and Leonard Shanahan on 109. Mark Reynolds won the gross with 74.Other prizewinners were Donnie Hassett 109 (over-18 handicaps), Brian Kelly 113 (past captains), John O’Donnell 32 nett (front nine), Declan O’Leary 30 nett (back nine, Jason Ryan 46 points (captain’s prize to the boys).Suzanne McConway was the winner of the captain’s (Corn Ryan) prize to the ladies at Dromoland. In this 18-hole stroke competition, Siobhan Dyar was second followed by Ann Nix and Julie Newman Joan Ryan won the gross.This week the North Munster mixed foursomes final is taking place in Lahinch and Dromoland will fly the Clare flag. Their opponents …

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Another great year for Ennis Town

ENNIS Town Football Club’s Academy season has just ended and it was another great success.Club officers this week thanked all players and parents for their commitment to the academy during the year, when more than 180 players registered and more than 10 coaches were involved. Officials this week expressed delight at the fact that three of their U-17 players (former academy members) have completed their Kick-Start 1 coaching accreditation.The 2010/2011 season will start on Sunday, September 12, accepting players from U-4 to U-8. Further details can be had from the website www.ennistownfc.com. Important season to come for league Newly elected chairman of Clare soccer Paul Tuohy believes that the coming season will be a particularly important and busy one for the League“It’s a big year for the league given that we will be hosting the annual general meeting of the FAI next summer. That will involve a week long programme of events and the arrangements will be co-ordinated at this …

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Clare honours at National Juvenile Track and Field Championships

THE National Juvenile 2 x 2 Team Track and Field championships were held in Templemore on Saturday last with Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare and Ennis Track Club well represented.Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare took part in the 2 x 2 team boys’ U-11 600m. Caoilfhion O’Dea ran a great time of 1.56:85 to finish third and his running partner Cian Shannon produced another big race with a time of 2.02:09.  Their total time was 3.59:04, which earned them the bronze medals. The Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare U-9 60m 2 x 2 team of Ben Whelehan and Michael Montgomery finished eighth Ennis Track Club competed in the boys’ U-10 4 x 100m and their team made up of Chibkem Okeye, Lateef Akinwale, Gabreil Kehinde and James McGuire produced a mighty performance to take a silver medal. ResultsBoysU-10 2 x 2 team4 x 100m relay2. Ennis Track (Chibkem Okeye, Lateef Akinwale, Gabreil Kehinde, James McGuire).U-11 2 x 2 team600m3. Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare (Caoilfhionn O’Dea (1.56:95); Cian Shannon (2.02:09) = (3.59:04). …

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Superb Irish Oaks win for Dalcash Dvinsky

DALCASH Dvinsky was again at her brilliant best when capturing the Sporting Press Irish Oaks title for 2010 in Shelbourne Park last Saturday night. It was a performance worthy of the big occasion and after her unbeaten run in the event coupled with a similar display when winning the the Olympic Bee Puppy Oaks some weeks ago, Fr Jack Meade’s black daughter of Ace Hi Rumble-Dalcash Diva surely deserved to be crowned queen of the track.Owned, bred and trained by Fr Jack from the Miltown Malbay parsh, Dalvash Dvinsky won it the hard way. She was in hot company in all her heats but came through with flying colours and winning performances.Again, the September 2008 black faced a severe test in the final last Saturday night when a good case could be made for all six finalists. Drawn in trap four, she had a lively start and in the run to the opening bend, was joined by Clearview Kelly in …

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Comfortable start for Éire Óg

  Intermediate hurling Éire Óg  0-23 Clooney-Quin  2-6 DESPITE finding themselves a goal behind inside the first minute, Éire Óg were comfortable winners over Clooney-Quin in their Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship tie played at Clareabbey on Saturday evening. By the seventh minute, they had drawn level and when the half-time whistle sounded, they were seven points clear.Having been installed as favourites by followers across the county after their victory in the U- 21A championship, there was much interest in how the town side would perform in the opening-round tie at intermediate level.Clooney-Quin went into the game on the back of a big win over last year’s finalists, Feakle, but they were never allowed to dominate this tie as they had done against their East Clare opponents.When Peter Duggan raced through inside the first minute to crash the ball to the net, Clooney-Quin followers must have had high hopes of a second win.Three points from the winners’ top scorer Davy O’Halloran, …

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Ladies advance to Munster final

  Clare  3-14 Tipperary  2-5 AN impressive second-half display, during which Clare outscored Tipperary 2-12 to 0-1, secured a Munster final berth for the home county against Cork on July 3.While they were playing into a fairly strong breeze, conditions didn’t fully explain Clare’s lethargic first-half display in front of goal. They missed several first-half chances as Tipperary raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead. Louise Henchy, who kicked five points in total, slotted over Clare’s only first-half point from play. Trailing 2-4 to 0-1 with half-time approaching, Clare needed a score and it was Áine Kelly who provided a crucial goal just before the interval, while Niamh O’Dea pointed a free.Relieved to be back in touch, Clare played some impressive attacking football early in the second half and reeled off five successive points with Kelly, Henchy, Marie Considine, Niamh Keane and O’Dea pointing. The sides were now level at 2-4 to Clare’s 1-7, when Eimear Considine netted Clare’s second …

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Minors to take on Limerick

Minor hurling ALL roads lead to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Friday evening for the meeting of Clare and Limerick in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final. Following an impressive victory over Tipperary last time out, there are high hopes that the Banner side can qualify for the provincial final for the first time in over a decade.“We saw Limerick play Kilkenny two weeks ago and they are a very physical imposing side. They are backboned by members of the Ard Scoil Rís team, which reached the All-Ireland Colleges final and if they get on top, it will be difficult to beat them,” commented team mentor Gerry O’Connor this week.The Éire Óg man is joint manager of the side with Scariff’s Donal Moloney and the backroom team also includes Paul Kinnerk, who is the team trainer, Eamonn Fennessy and Jimmy Browne.There is a big concern about the fitness of forward Alan Mulready from Sixmilebridge.“He picked up an ankle injury …

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Footballers can do it in Tullamore

COME 3.30pm on Saturday, the Clare senior footballers’ 2010 campaign will either have picked up immeasurable momentum or will have stalled completely.The current Clare panel is definitely capable of travelling to Tullamore this weekend and returning home still in the championship. Whether they will exit now or torpedo Offaly will be linked to the ambition, belief and readiness of the players and management.If they climb on the bus in Ennis on Saturday with a “let’s get this over with” attitude, it definitely will soon be over. However, if they bring a collective desire to work as hard as they are capable of in O’Connor Park, Clare will have a concrete chance of defeating Offaly.Although David Russell and Michael O’Shea haven’t trained with Clare since they lost to Waterford in Dungarvan on May 23, manager Micheál McDermott is hopeful that they will have shaken off their respective injuries by this weekend. Laurence Healy, Graham Kelly and Dessie Molohan are also available …

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