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Clare Sporting Community Mourns The Loss Of Hurling Hero Jimmy Puddin Cullinan

The sporting community in Clare is in mourning following the passing of one of the Banner’s most popular sportsmen. Newmarket on Fergus stalwart Jimmy ‘Puddin’ Cullinan passed away this week with tributes flooding in from former club and county team-mates along with the wider community. His club issued a statement in which he was described as a “lovely man and a hurling legend”. They also detailed that he was “one of the finest players ever to wear the Newmarket jersey and was equally brilliant in the colours of Clare and Munster”. The club also lauded his “incredible stickwork, an iconic ability to catch the high ball and total domination of matches from centre back”. During his time with Newmarket, Jimmy won an incredible 10 Clare Senior Hurling championship titles, along with a Munster club. His exploits in the county jersey were just as impressive and while success in the form of silverware might have eluded him with Clare, his defiant …

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Clare County Councillors Plead For Brolly Return To RTE Football Panel

A motion to be discussed by Clare’s County Councillors is calling on RTE to reinstate Joe Brolly to the national broadcasters GAA coverage. Motion 31 on the agenda for the next gathering of the Council is submitted by Councillors Gerry Flynn, Ann Norton and PJ Ryan who feel that Brolly’s absence from the national airwaves has had a detrimental impact on the coverage of Gaelic Games. The motion reads: “We are calling on the Minister for Communication/Finance to request RTE to reinstate the football analyst Joe Brolley (sic) to his position on the current panel asap. Joe has provided in-depth analysis of football for many years and his removal from the panel has taken away from the enjoyment of the game for so many people who watch our games on the national station”. The motion, which is sandwiched between calls for a reassessment of the HAP scheme and efforts to better promote Shannon airport, comes after the former Derry All-Ireland …

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Tulla To Enter Team For Junior C Hurling

Tulla GAA Club has confirmed they will enter a team in the Junior C league and championship for the 2020 season. This week’s meeting of Clare GAA heard that the club are making an extra drive to promote hurling following their relegation from the top tier last year, and have drafted a list of 28 players for re-grading. Their club delegated informed the meeting that the vast majority were of an older variety and that no younger players would be allowed to opt to play at that grade. Chairman Joe Cooney outlined his view that the purpose of the Junior C championship was mainly for clubs who were struggling for numbers and referenced Kilkee-Bealaha and Clonbony as clubs who were fighting to maintain the promotion of the game at the grade. Clonbony delegate Séan Malone stated that his club relished taking on the traditional East Clare clubs, but said having to face younger players could often be the difference in …

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Sexton Expecting Tough Test In Dr Hyde Park

THE mood in Colm Collins’ camp will be buoyant this week after an excellent, hard-fought victory over Kildare last weekend. Every bit of positivity will be needed come Sunday as the Banner make the journey to Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon to take on Anthony Cunningham’s charges. Clare fought back from three-point deficits twice during their clash with the Lilywhites, while the Rossies have twice forfeited six-point leads in their first two games and sit bottom of Division Two with just one point. Keelan Sexton led Clare’s attack against Kildare, slotting 0-4 and making the GAA.ie team of the week. Sexton knows Clare are going to have to replicate their form from last weekend if they are to have any chance against Roscommon. “You’d love to be going up there playing them after they had two wins in the bag, as opposed to the position they’re in now. They’re a quality side and were six points up in two games …

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Clare GAA Asked To Donate Defibrillator In Kilkee In Memory Of Dave Weldrick

Clare GAA has been asked to consider donating a defibrillator at Kilkee beach in memory of one the county’s former football coaches. Limerick native Dave Weldrick passed away aged 71 after getting into difficult swimming at the West Clare resort last August. Former football board chairman and Naomh Eoin delegate Gabriel Keating officially proposed a vote for sympathy for Mr Weldrick’s family at this week’s county board meeting, and outlined that he had been a great visitor to the peninsula and Kilkee in particular. He stated that during Mr Weldrick’s time with the Clare footballers, they achieved promotion to Division Three of the National League, and were unlucky not to make it as far as Division Two. He stated that fundraising efforts were underway locally in Kilkee to purchase more defibrillators, and detailed that Mr Weldrick may well have been saved if a defibrillator was located near to where the incident occurred. He asked that the Finance Committee of Clare …

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Kilkee To Join With Peninsula Neighbours For 2020 While Feakle & Killanena Discuss Joining Forces

St Senan’s Kilkee will link up with their peninsula neighbours for the 2020 Clare Senior Football championship. Secretary of Clare GAA Pat Fitzgerald informed delegates at this week’s meeting that correspondence had been received from the St Senan’s club of their intention to join with Naomh Eoin and O’Curry’s in their senior amalgamation. The letter stated that it was a natural progression at the clubs were already joined at underage, and also confirmed that they will continue to field on their own at the lower grade. The 2005 Munster club finalists were relegated to the Junior A championship in a playoff against Naomh Eoin last year. No management has yet been confirmed for the West Clare outfit, with the outgoing backroom team of Joe Garry, Dermot Galvin and Johnnie Daly not continuing in that role. Meanwhile, East Clare neighbours Feakle and Killanena could become the first new amalgamation in the Clare Senior Hurling championship. It comes after the Killanena club …

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Clare Lose Out In Youths Cup Opener

Clare are preparing for a road trip in the quarter finals of the Inter-League Youths Cup. It’s after they lost 3-2 to Galway in their group tie in a wet and windy Frank Healy Park with that result seeing the Tribesmen go through as group winners. It was a game played in difficult conditions for both sides throughout, with the home side taking a 1-0 lead at the break. That lead goal arrived inside the opening 10 minutes when an own goal saw Clare go in front. The second half began in a frantic manner, with Galway levelling proceedings at 1-1. As Storm Ciara continued her path across the county, it was Storm Devanney who popped up on the hour mark to put Clare back in front. Galway continued to apply pressure, and it paid with 15 minutes to go as they struck for the leveller once more. They hit the front for the first time in the contest just …

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Newmarket Celtic And Avenue United Set For Six Minute Clare Premier Division Showdown

The shortest game of the Clare Premier Division season, and perhaps Clare league history, will be played this weekend with the outcome of its six minute duration having a huge bearing on the destination of this year’s title. Newmarket Celtic and Avenue United will meet at McDonough Park on Sunday morning at 10.30am for the completion of a tie which was originally played last September. The home side were leading 2-1 with the game in the 90th minute, but a serious injury to an Avenue United player resulted in the game being abandoned by referee Shane Hayes. An ambulance was called to attend to the injured player, which arrived shortly after the game had been abandoned. Rule 52 of the Clare District Soccer League states:  “In the case of abandoned or unfinished fixtures the Executive Committee shall investigate the circumstances, and shall have the power to order a replay, play the unexpired time in two equal periods, or award the …

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