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Massive local entry to take part in competition

The Clare Motor Club has received a huge local entry, with a total of 34  crews taking part. Patrick Kelly and Martin Casey have entered the junior section along with nine other drivers, while the rest of the Clare crews are entered in the main field. Topping the Clare list is Ruan man Anthony O’Halloran, with Ennis’s Charlie McEnery calling the notes in their Mitsubishi Evo 9.

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Everything geared up for a successful Clare Stages Rally

FINAL preparations were put in place earlier this week for this Sunday’s Auburn Lodge Clare Stages Rally. Drivers and navigators will arrive on Saturday morning at rally headquarters, the Auburn Lodge Hotel, where they will sign on, get their road books and pace notes and will then be allowed a maximum of three passes over the stages at normal road speed, where they make or check their pace notes.

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21s set to unlock door to victory

IN a season of contrasting fortunes for Clare hurling, the prospect of contesting an All-Ireland final didn’t appear likely a few months ago.Thanks to three magnificent performances, the county U-21 team take on defending champions, Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday with the All-Ireland crown as the prize. Such has been Clare’s form in beating Limerick, Waterford and Galway that they are considered to have an excellent chance of taking a first ever All-Ireland title in this grade.  

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Baby Abaigeal is Ciarán’s newest fan

Clare captain, Ciarán O’Doherty will never forget the countdown to the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final following the birth of his baby daughter, Abaigeal last week. The Crusheen corner-back will have another reason to celebrate for the second time in eight days if the Banner dethrone All-Ireland kingpins, Kilkenny in the eagerly-awaited decider in Croke Park.His girlfriend of five years, Michelle Carroll from Broadford gave birth to Abaigeal, who weighed 6lbs at 4.35am on Friday.The baby was due on the day after the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway but Ciarán was spared an awkward dilemma when she didn’t have to go into hospital early.“It was on my mind before the Galway game, but once I went into the bus, I put it to the back of my head. I am over the moon with our new baby. “It was good timing over a week before the final and gives me a clear run to concentrate on the game against Kilkenny.“It would be …

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Dillon thirsts for another coke

IF Cian Dillon is named at full-back for Sunday’s All-Ireland final, it will represent the first time that the NUIG graduate will have started a game for Clare.The 21-year-old Crusheen man could conceivably pick up an All-Ireland medal after just an hour’s competitive hurling.

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Looking for redemption

HISTORY has a habit of repeating itself when it comes to near misses involving Clare hurling teams in Munster senior and U-21 hurling finals. The banner has almost been hoisted to full mast when teams were on the verge of making the long-awaited breakthrough only to be cruelly denied by the concession of a late goal or a flurry of points. Bishop Willie Walsh has experienced the heartbreak of losing a provincial decider by  literally a puck of a ball as a mentor and supporter when victory looked certain for the Banner men. On Thursday, July 30 last, Ciarán O’Doherty and company eased the pain and frustration of narrow defeats in 12 finals with a tremendous display of guts, determination and silken skills to defeat Waterford for a historic first Munster final success.Die-hard Clare supporters who made the journey to Dungarvan felt it was a fitting reward for nine survivors of the team who suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Tipperary …

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