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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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National titles for St Breckan’s and Éire Óg

CLARE teams contested six finals in the hurling and camogie competitions at the weekend, winning two titles. St Breckan’s  1-7 Crusheen-Tubber  1-5 ST Breckan’s completed a memorable year for the club when they won a second hurling title in the space of a week.Following on from their Clare Division 3 U-14 success, they blazed a trail of glory in the Division 4 Féile competition at the weekend.Starting out on Friday with a 2-8 to 1-4 win over visitors Eoghan Ruadh from Tyrone, they followed on Saturday with a draw, 1-5 to 2-2, against Wolfe Tones from Longford before beating Crusheen-Tubber on a 3-7 to 0-4 scoreline.In the semi-final, they met fellow Clare side Scariff and emerged winners on a scoreline of 2-6 to 2-5.Meanwhile, Crusheen-Tubber beat Wolfe Tones from Longford in their opening tie on Friday (3-7 to 0-4) before scoring a 1-5 to 0-4 win over Eoghan Ruadh from Tyrone on Saturday morning. Despite losing to St Breckan’s, they …

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Féile na nGael a winner in Clare

A MAGNIFICENT milestone for Féile na nGael and the GAA was how association president Christy Cooney described the Féile na nGael festival, which took place in County Clare last weekend.“It was a magnificent weekend, a fitting tribute to the 40th anniversary celebrations and one that will live long in the memory of everyone that attended,” the president added, before paying tribute to the organisers, the participants and all in Clare, who contributed to the weekend.Three Clare clubs featured amongst the winners, with Tulla winning the Division 1 handball crown, Éire Óg claiming the Division 2 camogie title and St Breckan’s capturing Division 4 hurling honours and the Dr Birch Trophy.Ruan and Ogonnelloe contested hurling finals, while Wolfe Tones and Killanena reached camogie finals, with Clooney reaching a girls’ handball final but all had to be content with the runner-up spots.Turloughmore from Galway won the Division 1 hurling title and the Christy Ring Trophy when they defeated the hot favourites Na …

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Strong second half from St Joseph’s

Don’t be fooled by the final scoreline, which failed to reflect a lacklustre first-half display from St Joseph’s before their impressive second-half scoring spree eventually crushed Corofin’s spirited yet limited challenge.Ten minutes into the second half of this tie in Shannon, St Joseph’s were only two points ahead and were still not firing on all cylinders. The turning point came a minute later when Michael McNamara punished Corofin’s failure to make a lengthy clearance from a goalmouth scramble with a well-taken goal.This kick-started a purple patch, where the Doora-Barefield outfit outscored their opponents by 4-6 to 0-2 in the closing 20 minutes.The contest, which was played in scorching heat before a small crowd, was decided in the 14th minute of the second half when Declan Malone got past Corofin custodian Kevin Raftery and his hand pass across the goal was doubled into the empty net by Shane O’Connor.A minute later Shane O’Connor beat two Corofin defenders with a slick overhead …

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Late, late win for Newmarket

  Senior hurling championsip Lucky, lucky Newmarket.  Outplayed for the majority of this senior hurling championship tie at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge on Sunday afternoon, they came out of top thanks to an Eoin Hayes goal in the 59th minute. It was cruel luck on a Mills outfit that had dictated matters for the majority of the game but they failed to hammer home this advantage and Newmarket were always within striking distance.The pace and skill of Eoin Hayes played a huge part in the vital goal.  With the teams on level terms, Newmarket forwards had moved outfield, bringing their markers with them, when Mills goalkeeper John Cooney had to come to the 20m line to collect possession. An alert Eoin Hayes managed to flick the ball from Cooney’s hurley and he then won the race for possession to first time into the net.The Mills attacked from the resumption of play and when they were awarded a 50m free, Adrian …

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