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Top-class card for Cheltenham

STAFF at Cheltenham Racecourse are more than hopeful of beating the cold snap ahead of their high profile two-day international meeting this weekend, where a top-class card is further boosted by the fact that the Tingle Creek Chase, lost to the weather at Sandown last weekend, will now be run at the Cotswolds venue on Saturday.

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Kilmaley AGM to address equal rights issue for camogie club

AT the upcoming Kilmaley GAA club AGM, the hurling club will formally acknowledge that the parish’s camogie club will have equal rights to the local GAA field, subject to “occasional negotiation”. In the view of Kilmaley clubman and Clare Camogie County Board treasurer, Michael Maher, this development will be a significant step forward for ladies’ sports in Clare. Maher believes that inequality is rampant within the GAA and that ladies’ sports are not adequately aided by the GAA at either local or national level. He is adamant that unless the GAA lends a helping hand to ladies’ football and camogie, the very existence of the ladies’ sports in this county could be threatened. The wording of the proposed amendment to the Kilmaley GAA club constitution took more than 12 months to put together. “It was not easy to come up with that type of wording but I think that’s as good as what you can do. It’s hugely important. Nationally …

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Convention with no new officers or motions

THE decision as to whether the football and hurling Bord na nÓgs will be amalgamated is a decision for the clubs of the county, county board chairman Michael O’Neill told the convention. “It’s not a case that the county executive wants to bring this about. There is a motion there and it has to be dealt with. It’s a decision for the clubs,” he said.County secretary Pat Fitzgerald said it was his view that the motions before this week’s meeting should be dealt with. Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s James Murrihy was of the opinion that a study should be done and the findings should then be presented to delegates before a decision is reached. Mike Riordan from Wolfe Tones said his club did not see a difficulty with the two boards as at present. “I can’t imagine how one secretary would manage. Is there something else in the offing that we don’t know about?” he asked. Verbal abuse VERBAL abuse is still very …

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