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McDermott hails stronger Clare football panel

Although the Clare senior footballers were beaten by NUIG last Sunday in an early season challenge game played in Tubber, their league preparations will ratchet up a few notches in Cooraclare this weekend. Clare will play UCC in the first round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday at 2pm. The winners will play Cork IT a week later in the quarter-final. Clare will be without David Tubridy (injury), Ger Quinlan, who is on honeymoon and Kevin Hartnett who will be playing with Tralee IT in the same tournament. They will also be minus Adrian Cahill, Niall Browne and David O’Connor, all of whom are attempting to declare for Clare although they are not from the county. Their eligibility has yet to be confirmed though as Clare have to be designated as a weaker county by central council. That is due to happen in the coming weeks.  “It would have been ideal to have them for this weekend,” Clare manager Micheál …

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Ennis boxers to take on Olympic selection

Ennis Boxing Club, shaping up for its 50th year of activity having been formed in 1961, will kick-off the year with a match against the boxers from Olympic in Galway this Saturday at 1pm in Ennis.Boxers from both sides will struggle to make their respective stipulated weight categories after the Christmas indulgence but all will be anxious to start the year with a victory in order to lay down a marker for the upcoming championships in March.Local favourites Lee Sherlock and Lee Brady, as well as the McDonagh twins, John and Simon, who performed well in the pre-Christmas leagues, will be in action on Saturday. Keelan Sexton, who has now joined the Ennis club, is in good shape but may have to sit this one out because he is due to box in the home internationals in the coming fortnight. Olympic will have their national champions in action with brothers Ben and James Cleary, Chris Sherlock and Dylan Ward all …

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O’Curry’s aim to regain senior status next season

In his address to members at the annual general meeting of O’Currys GAA club last week, chairman, Michael Curtin thanked all involved, the officers, the juvenile committee who look after under-age, from U-8s to minor, the senior and junior B management teams for their work.   The upgrading of the field and the provision of new dressing rooms was one of the great achievements of the year and he thanked all involved, particularly Michael McMahon. He stated that while it was disappointing to be relegated, there is now a new challenge for the club to regain senior status and all must work together to achieve this objective.Secretary Margaret Keane, in a comprehensive report, gave a breakdown of events both on and off the field for 2010.   She stated that while it was disappointing to be relegated this year, 2011 should be approached with renewed vigour to get promoted back up to senior. She congratulated the junior B team on winning the …

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NUIG footballers defeat Clare

NUIG 1-12 Clare 0-12 IN a senior football challenge at Tubber on Sunday, a strong first-half performance laid the foundations for a victory for the John Maughan-managed NUI Galway side.With their competitive season set to start this week when they take on UCC in the first round of the McGrath Cup, Clare manager Micheál McDermott availed of the opportunity to give a run out to the majority of the squad.The visitors, who are in training for the Sigerson Cup, which will be staged in Dublin at the end of February, dominated the opening half and led at the interval on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-3.The winners’ half-back and half-forward lines were prominent, particularly in the opening half and this led to a number of their scores.Clare re-organised their outfit for the second half and did much better but a goal for the students, 10 minutes from time, proved decisive.Among the regulars who were unavailable for Clare on the day …

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