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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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McKinley is fastest on Corkscrew Hill

DAMP and greasy conditions greeted the drivers on the Corkscrew Hill near Ballyvaughan for the opening two rounds of the 2010 Connaught Competition Engines Hillclimb/Sprint Championship last Saturday.THE Logue’s Lodge Clare Hillclimb Weekend was won by Simon McKinley from Rush in Dublin driving his Lant RT2 Racing Car. Simon was fastest on both days.

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Footballers’ league luck runs out

Limerick 0-14  Clare 2-7   Although Clare outscored Limerick 1-5 to 0-1 in the closing 12 minutes, Limerick held on to record a crucial NFL Division 4 win in Cusack Park last Saturday. Even a draw would have secured Clare’s promotion to Division 3, while Limerick had to win to remain in contention. Clare will have a second, albeit tricky, opportunity to secure promotion in Dungarvan next Sunday when they play Waterford, whom they will meet at the same venue in the opening round of the Munster championship.Clare were completely outplayed in the opening half and were fortunate to be just four points adrift, 0-8 to 1-1 at half-time. It got much worse for Clare as Limerick stretched their advantage to 0-13 to 1-2, 14 minutes from full-time.Pointed David Tubridy frees, won by Michael O’Shea and Barry Toner, didn’t suggest that Clare were about to launch a near game-winning comeback. They needed a goal and it was Tubridy who provided …

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Comfortable win for Clare

Clare 4-19  Westmeath 3-15 IT was more comfortable that their victories of the previous two weeks but Clare’s latest win in Division 2 of the National Hurling League was achieved with a display that is still a long way off what will be required in Division 1. A tally of 4-19 is certainly impressive against any opposition but the concession of 3-15, particularly against a county not considered to be amongst the stronger teams in hurling, is a serious worry.To be fair, there was never really a doubt about the outcome at Cusack Park on Saturday but there is still an awful lot of work to be done if Clare are to win promotion to the top division.The foundations for this latest victory were laid in the opening half when Clare raced into a commanding lead. However, they failed to maintain this in the second half and the concession of a number of ‘soft’ frees allowed the visitors to close …

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