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Golfers hoping to return to the greens

With improved weather conditions forecast, hopes are increasing that a return to sporting activity is not far away. The golf courses of the county have been closed for the past month, as first the severe floods and then the heavy frost and snow put paid to any hopes of playing.WoodstockWeather permitting, there will be an 18-hole singles Stableford competition at Woodstock this weekend.The first committee meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday next at 8pm. The elected officers for 2010 are: captain, John O’Connor; ex-officio captain, Tony Nugent; president, Jimmie Kelly; ex officio president, Danny Moran; secretary, James Meade; treasurer, Brian Aherne; handicap secretary, Eugene Quinn; competition secretary, Joe Kelly; committee, Kieran Cunnane, Seamus Kelly, Brian McElhinney and Cathal O’Loughlin. ShannonThe Shannon captains’, Joe Sheehan and Marie Hogan, drive-in to office was cancelled last week due to the inclement weather. A new date will be announced shortly.Weather permitting, there will be a men’s singles on Friday, Saturday and …

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Horan has the heart for battle

Relief was Marcus Horan’s predominant emotion when his mystery ailment was diagnosed as a minor heart condition. The 66 times capped Munster and Ireland forward, who is hoping that Saturday’s Shannon v St Mary’s All-Ireland League game won’t be postponed, had known for four years that something was not quite right but nobody could unearth the specifics of the problem. He last lined out for Munster against Treviso on October 17 but had to leave the field after just 10 minutes. After that, his condition was diagnosed and he was subsequently operated on. Horan returned to Munster training on December 29 but his planned competitive comeback with Shannon last weekend didn’t happen because of the adverse weather.The Clonlara man told The Clare Champion on Tuesday that his heart problem only manifested itself during competitive match situations.

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Gilligan and Carmody retire from inter-county hurling

The remaining link with Clare’s All-Ireland winning team of 1997 has called time on his inter-county career.Siximlebridge’s Niall Gilligan has declined an invitation from new manager Ger O’Loughlin to be part of the 2010 squad. Gilligan received the invite last week and asked for time to give it consideration before deciding against a return. He is, however, to continue playing with his club.

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