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Successful meeting at new venue

A GREAT team effort by members of Tradaree Coursing Club saw them beat the weather conditions and get through a successful meeting at their new venue last weekend.The stretch at Lemenaghbeg, Newmarket-on-Fergus was covered as a precautionary measure and although the starting time was delayed on Saturday and Sunday because of the frosty conditions, the card was completed in record time on both days. Traderee and coursing were the winners.The O’Donovans from Killaloe went close to bringing off a nice double at the meeting. Jimmy won the John Murray Memorial all-age bitch stake with Highland Glow but Highland Harbour, owned by Jack and Jimmy O’Donovan, was beaten in the final of the Olde House all age dog stake by Homestead Kerry, trained by Dan Lynch.Soundmanpaddy, who already won cups in Limerick City and Rathcormac, was the pre-coursing favourite for the all age dog stake but he was a non-runner. The new favourite was the George Gallery-trained Colossal Storm, who also …

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Consolation Leger win for Ballyhannon

SEAMUS and Aidan Duggan from Castlefergus, Quin had a win on the biggest night of the year at the Limerick Greyhound Racing Stadium when their brilliant tracker, Ballyhannon, won the Irish St Leger Consolation.It was a well deserved win after a great run in the Leger proper for the black and white son of Tuckes Mein-Adorableivenita. In the Consolation final, he was drawn in trap four and was well up with the leaders from the start. Tranquil Time in three was fast away but Ballyhannon moved into a higher gear down the back straight to take over from the early leader. From then onwards, there was no stopping the Denis O’Malley-trained powerful galloper, who was in complete control for the remainder of the race and won by four lengths in 29.78 from the Maurice Mullanney-trained Jeddies Star.The McKenna family kept their tight grip on the Irish St Leger when the Owen McKenna-trained Farley Turbo was an easy winner of the …

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Amalgamation of boards off the table

THE call to amalgamate Bord na nÓg Peil and Bord na nÓg Iomaint was decisively beaten.Putting the proposal, Jim Collins, Scariff said, “There is no criticism of any board or any individual offered or implied. We are just talking about consolidating what we have. We are full of admiration for the individuals who give of their time.”“We have more and more dual clubs and more and more dual players and we need to integrate far more the work of the clubs, make it more flexible. We need to have a good look at club development. We must put something together to help keep the parish identity. Some years ago, the hurling and football boards were amalgamated and it turned out quite successfully and I see no reason why this won’t happen here. We decided to propose the motion and allow debate and discussion on it,” he said. The proposal was seconded by John Hehir, St Breckan’s.Amongst those to speak against …

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Crusheen GAA medal presentation

Crusheen GAA members and supporters are expected to turn out in huge numbers on Friday, January 14 for the club’s victory banquet at which the county senior hurling championship medals will be presented to the members of the panel, which won the title for the first time back in October.The West County Hotel is the venue for what promises to be a gala occasion. In addition to the senior medal presentation, the junior hurlers, winners of the league and championship titles, will also be presented with their medals.Tickets for the function are available from any of the club officers. Meanwhile, Crusheen GAA minor club have come up with a novel fundraising idea. Underage club activist Bryan Slevin explained that after the county final it struck him that “thousands of great photos were being taken by friends and family of the winning team and that none of these would be seen by anyone else”.Bryan put out a flyer to try to …

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No plans to sell assets to fund Caherlohan

CLARE GAA County Board plans to proceed with the development of the €3 million sports academy and training base at Caherlohan but it has no plans to finance the project by selling off some of its assets.Chairman Michael O’Neill confirmed to The Clare Champion that the board “hasn’t even discussed the possibilities of selling off any of its assets” but accepted it is something that “may be looked at down the line”. While Croke Park has pledged €1.8m, the board has to find the balance of €1.2m from its own resources but Mr O’Neill is confident they can achieve that goal despite the economic downturn and against the background that they forked out in excess of €2m two years ago in acquiring the land.In its property portfolio, the board owns Cusack Park, Clareabbey and Ballyline, while it also has an arrangement with Clarecastle GAA Club for use of a pitch, known as Ryan’s Field, at their club grounds.The board chairman …

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