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Cooraclare-Cree dominate basketball finals

THE Clare Community Games basketball competitions took place on Saturday and Sunday in the sports hall at Cratloe.Well organised and co-ordinated by Emer Murphy, Gráinne Lynch, Seán Stack, Damien Power, Elaine Hoey and Róisín Crowe, there was a new competition for U-11 mixed. It was a very exciting competition with some extremely close matches with one match decided by just one point.  Cooraclare/Cree contested all five competitions and now go forward to represent Clare in the Munster finals in UL on July 10. Cratloe U-13 girls are the other representatives. U-11 MIXED: 1. Cooraclare/Cree A: Davy Martyn, Colin McNamara, Sean McNamara, Jack Corry, Keenan Quinn, Róisín Keating, Megan Downes, Caoilfhionn Morrissey, Sarah Looney; 2. Cooraclare/Cree B: Michael Lillis, Luke Considine, Cathal O’Gorman, Tomas     Browne, Ronan Lillis, Eimear Griffin, Niamh Cusack, Shauna Morrissey, Megan Garry; 3. Quin/Clooney: Rachel Begg, Mary Conneally, Orlaith Nash, Michelle Meere, Ciara O’Reilly, Oisin Egan, Adam Miniter, Eoin Beirne, Paul Hogan, Ronan Wall.U-13 GIRLS: 1. Cratloe: …

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Juvenile boxers enjoy successful tournament

THE traditional end-of-season Juvenile Boxing Championships, which took place through Easter Week in the National Stadium in Dublin, always provide rich pickings for the boxers from the Clare capital. Indeed, more than 40 of the club’s fighters have garnered titles over the years at these championships. However, times have changed and now the ladies have taken centre stage. The medals tally for the season shows two gold for the young ladies from Kilfenora, one for Ennis, while KO specialist Keelan Sexton from the West Clare Club annexed the only boys’ title for the county.It might seem a reasonable tally for Clare boxers and indeed coaches Tommy Lyons and Seán Carrig from the Ennis Club were pleased with the performances of 63kg contender Lee Brady, who lost out in his semi-final to Wexford’s Tom Stevens from the New Ross Club after a fantastic battle and debutant Mike McDonagh who battled bravely to beat Ryan Lindberg from the St Agnes Club in …

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Caherlohan development to start soon

WORK on the first phase of Clare GAA’s development at Caherlohan, Tulla, will start shortly, the April meeting of the county board was told this week.Consultant engineer Niall Fitzgerald gave an updated report to this week’s meeting in which he outlined that the development will include seven grass pitches, one all-weather pitch, four dressing rooms plus a referees room, car parking facilities and covered standing accommodation for 1,500 patrons.Four of the seven grass pitches will be floodlit, as will the all-weather facility. The provision of a running track, a gym and a hurling alley are also planned in the development.During the discussion, county secretary Pat Fitzgerald spoke of concerns with regard to the maintenance of the facility.“You need staff to manage such a facility and it is going to cost money. That has to be factored in. We must look at this now. I don’t want to see a white elephant as it would be an embarrassment for all concerned. …

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Kilmaley disappointed as Smith O’Briens are final-bound

Smith O’Brien’s 2-10Kilmaley 2-8 SMITH O’Brien’s will contest the U-21B hurling championship final this Saturday after this two-point win over Kilmaley in Saturday’s replay at Tulla but the losers left Dr Daly Park disappointed and angry.A controversial finish saw the Killaloe side snatch victory with a hotly disputed goal in the second minute of injury time. Kilmaley wing-forward Michael O’Neill was shown a straight red card after the final whistle having made his views known to the match official, Damian Fox whose report is expected to be with the board this week.O’Neill put his side into the lead in the first minute of added time and it looked like this score would see his side back in the final for a second successive year.From the puck-out, Smith O’Briens were awarded a free from their own half-back line. With the wind helping, Kevin Walsh’s drive dropped into a fairly crowded Kilmaley goalmouth. As goalkeeper Bryan O’Loughlin appeared to be coming away …

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Footballers must fight for promotion

THE Clare footballers will be seeing plenty of Fraher Field both this weekend and on May 23. They still have time before worrying about their championship date with Waterford late next month. This weekend, it’s all about trying to win promotion to Division 3 at the second attempt. Although only a point separated Clare from Limerick in Ennis last weekend, Limerick were significantly better. That said, Clare at least finished impressively and almost dug out a draw. If they had, they would be already promoted. Clare and Waterford are level on 12 points each, while Limerick are a point behind on 11. If Clare win, they are promoted. Simple enough. If they lose, they will remain in Division 4 unless Leitrim beat Limerick in Carrick-on-Shannon. A draw may not be of any use to Clare either if Limerick win as Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s team are just a point worse off than Clare on scoring averages.Along with motivating their side for …

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