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LISTEN: Rising star has sights set on Limerick Grade One

In the third instalment of our audio series preview the Limerick Racecourse Mr Binman Christmas Festival we hear from the trainer of the favourite for St Stephen’s Day’s big race. Gavin Cromwell speaks to Dave Keena about the prospects of his exciting young chaser Gabynako. Cromwell himself is an interesting character whose background in the sport is literally at grassroots level – he is a farrier by trade. In that discipline he has shod Gold Cup and Grand National winning horses along with an Olympic Gold Medalist. His farrier skills are a passion and a trade that he is still very much in demand for by some of the biggest operations in the sport. Nowadays however his reputation as a trainer outstrips that and he runs one of the shrewdest operations in the sport. He has good associations with Limerick Racecourse too, his Espoir D’Allen, that romped away with the 2019 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, won one of his prep …

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Football: Gaels brew up a storm to capture breakthrough U-21A title

Under 21A Football Championship Final Cill Cúil Gaels 1-10 Éire Óg 0-08 THE John Marrinan Memorial Cup will remain around the Shannon Estuary after Cill Cúil Gaels deservedly overcame Éire Óg to garner the U-21A Football crown in Hennessy Memorial Park in Miltown Malbay this evening, reports Eoin Brennan. With Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil soaring to the last title in 2019, Paul Reidy returned with an accentuated amalgamation of the Gaels, Kilmihil, Kildysart and Coolmeen to secure the perfect finish to 2021. It was Diarmuid O’Donnell’s goal only seconds before the opening water break that proved decisive as it provided the perfect buffer between the sides for the rest of the hour. Targetman O’Donnell led the line superbly with 1-5 while county senior Emmet McMahon’s influence and long range scores were inspirational along with the relentless running of fellow joint-captain Thomas Kelly and Gearoid O’Grady. Missed goal chances either side of the final water break to put the result beyond doubt was …

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LISTEN: Mullins recalls mighty Faugheen’s epic Limerick win

IN the second of our audio series previewing the Limerick Racecourse Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival, we hear from Patrick Mullins on one of the biggest stars of the sport. Mullins was in the plate when Faugheen rolled back the years at Greenmount in the Grade One Novice Chase on St Stephen’s Day 2019. The top amateur and assistant trainer to his father Willie, the dominant force in Irish national hunt racing, tells Dave Keena of the epic contest with Gordon Elliot’s Samcro. Samcro, of course, would go on to win the Grade One 2m5f novice at the Cheltenham festival that season, but this day in Limerick belonged to Faugheen. As for Patrick, well he might speak to Frankie Detorri about improving one aspect of his post-race celebrations… Relive the moment below

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Hurling: Corofin/Ruan pack a lethal Punch

U-21A Hurling Championship Final Corofin/Ruan 1-18 Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-14 HAVING dominated the minor ranks in recent seasons, Corofin/Ruan took their development to the next level with a first ever U-21A crown in Gurteen this evening, reports Eoin Brennan. Leading from the start to finish, the North Clare amalgamation justified their favourite’s tag with a strong performance. And while Newmarket never really looked like causing an upset, they still provided an obstinate challenge right to the final whistle. Overall however, Corofin/Ruan’s superior firepower and edge on balance won the day, with a powerful finish to the opening half that saw them outscore the Blues by 1-8 to 0-2 in the final ten minutes, essential to providing an unassailable ten point cushion by half-time. Shane Punch excelled with 1-10, with all but two points coming in a dominant first half with the aid of the conditions as his metronomic freetaking was perfectly accentuated by an injury-time goal. The Blues, led by captain Jack …

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LISTEN: Training legend shares Limerick Christmas Races memories

OVER THE coming days we have a number of previews of Limerick Racecourse’s cracking Christmas festival. We’ll kick off with Dave Keena speaking to legendary trainer Michael Hourigan who handled such greats as Beef Or Salmon and Doran’s Pride. The veteran trainer recalls his own ambition as a young man in the game to emulate the success of Jimmy Murphy from Cork, who always sent out numerous winners at Limerick’s Christmas festival. And his words of advice to jockey Shane Broderick when piloting Doran’s Pride on his chase debut are words to live by! Significant investment has been made at Greenmount to provide additional outdoor amenities including marquees, catering units, bars and live music facilities. The measures will ensure customers have a safe and enjoyable experience on their return to Limerick, after the Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival took place behind closed doors last year.

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Senior demotions relegated to history following vote

18 teams will contest the 2022 Clare Senior Hurling Championship, it was decreed following a vote at a special meeting of the Clare GAA County Board in the West County Hotel this evening, reports Eoin Brennan. Following an hour long debate on the relegation debacle that ranged from the prospect of no adult team in either football or hurling championship being relegated in 2021 to all four senior hurling relegation candidates (Clarecastle, Clooney-Quin, Crusheen and O’Callaghan’s Mills) potentially being demoted to intermediate if as, indicated, they all failed to show for any revised relegation play-offs, the clubs voted 18 to 16 in favour of scraping any trapdoor. Stemming from a successful appeal from Crusheen to deem the round robin relegation group null and void, the onus was put back on the County Board to decide how to resolve this issue. With the four teams that finished bottom of their respective groups on an equal footing once more, each one adamantly …

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Clare badminton star and partner bow out of world championships

Bridgetown badminton player Moya Ryan and her doubles partner Kate Frost were narrowly beaten in the opening round of the BWF World Championships, writes Ivan Smyth. Ryan and Frost were beaten by Switzerland duo Aline Muller and Jenjira Stadelmann 24-22, 21-12 in Huelva, Spain. The Irish duo won the Women’s Doubles title at the Irish National Badminton Championships in Blanchardstown two months ago. Ryan and Frost trailed 14-9 in the opening game before a run of seven points without reply edged them ahead. They managed to move 20-16 in front and a point away from claiming the opening game. However, the Switzerland duo showed their experience to level the game at 20 apiece. In badminton a team needs to win a game by two points. Muller and Stadelmann moved 21-20 and 22-21 ahead but both times Ryan and Frost responded. The Irish pair were unable to get in front as they lost the opening game 24-22. This was a big blow …

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Clare’s Laurie signs back up for soccer season with Midlanders

Clare ladies footballer Laurie Ryan has signed on for a second season with Women’s National League (WNL) side Athlone Town, writes Ivan Smyth. Ryan states that she is hopeful of helping the club move up the table after a seventh place finish last season. “I’m really excited to get back playing. We finished the season really positively so I’m ready to go back playing. We want to try improve more and make progress this season. We finished seventh last season which was a bit disappointing as we wanted sixth. We have a young squad so there is a lot to build on.” The 28-year-old told The Clare Champion that she will be returning to the Clare ladies footballers for 2022. She rejoined the panel three weeks before Clare’s agonising loss to Westmeath in the Championship quarter final last year as she juggled work commitments and her soccer career. “I have been in contact with Evan (Talty). I’ve been doing some …

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