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Olympic medallist to compete in Clare cycle

OLYMPIC gold medallist Denise Lewis and leading Irish comedian PJ Gallagher have been confirmed as participants in the Sky Ride Etape Hibernia, Ireland’s first closed road mass participation cycling event which takes place in Clare on August 22.The announcement comes less than a fortnight after professional Italian riders and Team Sky members Dario Cioni and Davide Vigano were confirmed as participants, which is expected to attract an estimated 2000 cyclists in the first year.The event is being marketed nationally and internationally and will attract everyone from novice cyclists up for a challenge to keen club riders eager to cycle on traffic free roads. The 82-mile cycle will commence and finish in Ennis, as well as travel through Ruan, Corofin, Kilnaboy, Ballyvaughan, Fanore, Lahinch, Spanish Point, Connolly and Kilmaley. West Bromwich native Denise Lewis won the gold medal in the heptathlon for Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “I am looking forward to travelling to Clare and taking part in what …

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Clare well placed in Mazda League

A DEPLEATED Clare squad, due to injuries and exams, travelled to Tullamore last Sunday to compete in the first round of the Mazda Track and Field League, with teams from Galway City Harriers, Waterford Athletics Club, Tallaght Athletics Club and Olympian Athletics Club taking part. Despite being under-strength, Clare are in a strong position to qualify for the final.The first athlete to take part was Lunga Bulman (Marian Athletics Club), who finished third in the long jump with 5.77metres. Lunga followed this with a sensational victory in the javelin, throwing 48.97metres to gain Clare their first maximum points of the day. This seemed to galvanise the Clare team and they did not have long to wait for another victory. Keith King, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, won the high jump, clearing 1.70metres. He also gained valuable points in the discus, where he finished fifth, throwing 20.96 metres. As the team were excelling in the field events, Darragh Lynch, Ennis Track, finished second …

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Kinielty Spice wins Clare clinic final

  THERE was huge support for the Clare Crusaders benefit meeting in Galway on Friday night when the feature race, the Clare Crusaders Clinic fundraiser for A2 graded runners over 550 yards, was won by the Liscannor-owned Kinielty Spice.Six Clare-owned dogs went to traps and when they lifted, it was the West Clare runners, Lismadine Crash and Ad Lib who first showed and they led by a length approaching the first bend from Kinielty Spice. Racing down the back, Ad Lib was a length in front of Kinielty Spice, who made headway on the inside as they went to the second-last bend. Here, the Declan and Terry McDonagh-owned daughter of Brett Lee-Inagh Spice came good to take the lead. While Conor Cleary’s Kilcorcoran Manu launched a big challenge on the run home, the Liscannor-owned black was not going to be denied and she held on to win by a neck from Kilcorcoran Manu. A length and a half back for …

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Hurley treatment a smash hit with US Major League Baseball

EARLIER this year, after months of research, Broadford man Flan Marsh came up with a treatment for hurleys that prevents the ash from flying through the air when the hurley breaks.Now, Flan is in communication with officials from Major League Baseball in the US with a view to having baseball bats fitted with the same safety feature.“Baseball bats are made from ash and maple and, like hurleys, they break. A friend of mine was reading an article about the problems this was causing for the game and he emailed them details of what I had done with regard to the treatment of hurleys to make them safer. Within 10 minutes they responded and we have been in communication regularly over the past few weeks”, Flan Marsh told The Clare Champion this week.“They wanted to know what the technology was and asked all about the safety aspect. They were very impressed.“We asked them to send us some bats and a consignment …

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Old friends to go head-to-head in Croke Park

FROM the moment Clare went out of the Munster championship to Waterford a few weeks back, the odds suggested that their opponents in the qualifier would be Dublin.There was no surprise when those watching the live broadcast on Monday morning saw Dublin’s name followed from the draw drum by Clare.Yes, it’s Anthony Daly v Ger O’Loughlin and the head-to-head between the close friends who grew up a stone’s throw from each other in Madden’s Terrace in Clarecastle will take place on Saturday week in Croke Park.With Dublin having home advantage in both hurling and football (Tipperary provide the opposition in football) the Dublin County Board has set up a double header for Croke Park on Saturday week. The hurling game will be at 4pm with the football taking place at 6pm.The match will start off a busy and important few days for Clare hurling. Less than 24 hours later, Clare fans will be in Semple Stadium in Thurles for the …

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County board meeting to re-appoint McDermott

CLARE GAA delegates will be asked at the July meeting of the county board to ratify Micheál McDermott as senior football manager for another term.Members of the board executive met with McDermott and his selection committee earlier this week following the team’s elimination from the football championship last Saturday in Tullamore.The Cavan native has consented to allow his name go forward for the position for another term and this will be proposed to delegates at the July board meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 13.Speaking after the team’s defeat after extra time, McDermott clearly indicated that he would find it difficult to say no if asked by the board to continue in the position.He took the job on 12 months ago when he agreed to just one year. The team came close to winning promotion from Division 4 but, after six straight wins, lost their final two games to the Division 4 finalists, Limerick (winners) and Waterford. They …

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Brave Clare caught out by late Offaly resurgence

CLARE footballers came within a whisker of causing a major shock in the first round in the championship qualifiers when they came up against Offaly at O’Connor Park in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon.In the end, a lack of experience and failure to match the fitness of the midlanders cost the Claremen in the tie, which required extra time to produce a result.Rank outsiders Clare made the running for much of this tie and looked to be on their way to a shock win when they led by seven points with 14 minutes remaining. They were still four clear with six minutes to go but Offaly managed to level and force the game into extra time.A strong opening period in extra time decided the issue, as Offaly opened a six-point gap and while Clare fought back superbly in the second period, they had left themselves with too much to do.Clare were well on top in the opening half and were full …

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