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Six swimmers attain Grade B times in Munster gala

THE Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club Grade C swimmers recently participated in a Munster graded gala at the Askeaton Sports Complex. Overall, the swimmers took home 16 individual medals and six relay medals.There were six swimmers in the 12-13 age group who attained their Grade B qualifying times in the 100m freestyle and the 100m individual medley; Hannah Bredin, Harry Broderick, Rachel Daly, Katie Rose Healy, Caelinn Meaney and Leah Mulcaire. In addition, Rachel Daly put in a great swim in securing a gold medal in the 50m freestyle and knocking two-seconds off her personal best to finish in a time of 38.63. Leah Mulcaire added a bronze medal finishing the 100m freestyle in a personal best of 1:25.58.Harry Broderick had an exceptional personal best in his 100m individual medley, touching the wall in 1:36.82 and winning a silver medal. He added a gold medal in the 50m freestyle with another personal best, finishing in 36.72. Other medal winners in …

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Badminton stars laden down with medals

MEMBERS of the Ennis Tennis and Badminton Club enjoyed a lot of success at the Munster Close and Leinster Spring Open Badminton Championships recently.Twenty-five members of the Ennis club took part in the Munster Close competition at the University of Limerick, where they won a total of 26 medals.Ciara Dwyer won both the Munster U-15 close and the Leinster U-14 open titles. She teamed up with Megan Bredin to win the girls doubles at both championships.Ciara defeated the first, second and third Leinster seeds to win the U-14 Leinster crown. In the final, she came up against Leinster’s number one, Sara Boyle. Ciara won the first set 21-12 but Sara levelled when she won the second 21-17. In a thrilling third set, Ciara emerged as the 24-22 winner to take the title. In the doubles final at Terenure, Ciara and Megan beat the Dublin pairing of Kate Frost and Nora O’Gorman 30-27.In the Division 1, U-11 grade, Karen McNamara won …

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Rock shoot into last eight

THERE were no major surprises as round three of the Clare Junior Cup title race dominated proceedings in the local soccer scene last weekend. Burren’s win over Bunratty will be seen, by some, as a shock but Burren have been putting together some impressive results of late and they deserved their latest win.Established sides such as Avenue United and Lifford were made fight all the way for victory. The remaining two quarter-final places will be filled this weekend when the meeting of Manus Celtic A and B at the County Grounds is sure to arouse a lot of attention. Rock Rovers 1Sporting Ennistymon 1(Rock Rovers won 3-1 on penalties) Rock Rovers advanced to the last eight in the cup title race when they overcame Sporting Ennistymon in a penalty shoot-out at Lees Road on Sunday.Ennis side Rock got off to a great start with a Shane Daniels goal in the second minute but the sides were back on terms before …

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High standard at talent finals

THE Clare Community Games talent competition was held in Sixmilebridge GAA hall on Saturday and Sunday, co-ordinated by county secretary, Mary Phelan and treasurer Rose Meakins.The judges for the weekend were Anne Hayes, Noreen Murrihy, Niamh Phelan, Hazel Tuohy, Shauna Kerin, Stephanie Griffin, Bridget Kelly and Agnes O’Dowd.The competition attracted a big entry and the standard in all sections was high. The winners in each category now go forward to repreaent Clare in the national finals in Athlone at the end of May.The results are as follows:Solo Music: 1. Maria Gleeson, Doora/Barefield; 2. Gerard Kennedy, Ennis St John’s; 3. Caoimhe Morrissey, Clarecastle/Ballyea; 4. Niamh Whelan, Ruan.Group Music: 1. Aislinn Hehir, Ronan Duggan, Róisín Considine, Diarmuid Donnellan, Cooraclare/Cree; 2. Tadhg Shanahan, Donal O’Criodain, Eimhin Dunne, Laura Haugh, Áine Nash, Paul Hogan, Quin/Clooney; 3. Niamh Whelan, Louise McDonnell, Lorna Crowe, Ruan; 4. Aoife Hurley, Aoife Roche, Aoife  Corbett, Rachel O’Callaghan, Niamh  O’Dea, Katie Freeman, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry.Group Drama/Sketch: 1. Emma Kennedy, Saoirse Young, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry; …

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Seaview six savour the final moment

SEAVIEW Park in Quilty is an Ian McInerney free kick away from Kilmurry-Ibrickane GAA field. Uniquely, McInerney, who plays at centre-forward, is one of six players from the estate who will pull on the green and red jersey on March 17 before Kilmurry play the biggest game in their history.Noel Downes will wear number 15, while Paul O’Connor and Stephen Moloney will start at midfield and in the half-forward line respectively. They’ll be joined on the panel by Brendan Moloney (Stephen’s brother) and Thomas O’Connor (Paul’s brother). The Downes, O’Connor and Moloney family houses are situated next to each other, while the McInerneys live at the front of the park. The craic is good amongst the Seaview Park six. “I’m down in the posh part. This is the rough spot around here. I’m not usually up this far,” Ian McInerney laughs as he verbally jostles with his team-mates. “I’ve to come up and mind Downes, the small fella,” he adds, …

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Kilmurry to bring Andy Merrigan Cup to Clare

WHEN the Kilmurry-Ibrickane players and management hear the knock on their dressing room door at around 3.20pm next Wednesday, the most epic hour in the club’s history will be ticking towards starting point. The talking, cajoling, planning and convincing will be almost at an end. It will be time to play. It will be time to add the Andy Merrigan Cup to Jack Daly and the Munster club titles, both of whom are already housed in Quilty.The Kilmurry supporters can well afford to get caught up in the hype and excitement of the club’s history-making exploits. Why wouldn’t they as their community nears a day of days? An afternoon that will be recalled in vivid and perhaps even exaggerated detail for generations. Players or management cannot think along the same lines though. At the same time, it will almost impossible to escape the pre-match commotion. Up to a point, the electricity in the Kilmurry air can be utilised to inspire …

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Monday is the new Sunday

THE longer Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s season extends, the easier it has been for Micheál McDermott to leave the ladder in his garage in Ballyduff, Barefield. Now that he is managing the county team, along with the Clare and Munster club champions, the Cavan man is tied up on the football front six days a week. Monday is his night off but it’s not an evening when he feels like reaching for the ladder. “Just unwind and get your plans in order for the following week. Have an early night and just recharge the batteries. I find that Monday is so relaxing,” McDermott, who is in his second year in charge of Kilmurry, explained. His wife Marie, who is from Armagh, is as passionate about horses as her husband is about football. Although she might be temporarily stunned, Marie can’t wait for the day when Micheál is seen on top of the ladder, armed with a paint brush. “There’s a lot of little …

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Coughlan’s living the dream

  IT’S every player’s dream to play in an All-Ireland final and Kilmurry-Ibrickane captain Enda Coughlan is no different. From his juvenile days, he has always wanted to play in an All-Ireland final and this goal will be fulfilled next week when he leads the Clare champions against St Gall’s.“Patrick Murrihy started us out here around 1990 and while All-Irelands weren’t on our mind then, it’s a dream come through. It’s every young fella’s dream to play there for his club and county and thankfully that dream has come through for us now, the Clare champion’s skipper said this week.Like most Kilmurry-Ibrickane  members, he believes that the national Féile title win a decade ago has played a big part in the senior team’s march to this year’s final. He played at U-14 level the previous year when Clare hosted the Féile and they were beaten by the Division 1 winners, Salthill.“Kilmurry had a good quality team in when they went …

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