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Griffin quits – lack of confidence in management

  THE decision by Tony Griffin to call a halt on his inter-county hurling career came as a huge surprise to followers everywhere, particularly throughout Clare.In a statement issued by the Ballyea man at the weekend, he confirmed that his decision was influenced by a lack of confidence in the current county senior management structure, adding, “I cannot dedicate myself to something that I do not fully believe in”.“As a player I take a certain amount of responsibility for our poor season in 2009,” he said, “but I feel justified in stating that the correct structure was not in place in order for the team to operate to its true potential”.In his statement, Griffin said, “essentially, there are two reasons for his decision. “In February I launched a sports management business, Sports Academy International, and its continual growth will mean that I will not be able to commit the necessary time to hurling that the modern game demands. I cannot …

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‘The players are there’ for new Clare football manager

NEWLY-appointed Clare senior football manager Micheál McDermott is in no doubt but that the players are there and he is looking forward to the challenge of managing the county senior football side in 2010.The Cavan native has been in charge of Kilmurry-Ibrickane for the past two years and led them to successive county senior titles. “The players will come out and make themselves available to play for Clare,” he said.He has already held a meeting with his selectors, James Foran and Liam McHale. “It was awful positive. They are really looking forward to the job,” he said. It is also McDermott’s plan to appoint another selector. “We will be looking at the appointment of another selector during the coming weeks”.Appointed to the post just over a week ago, the new manager has already drawn up plans. “We met at the weekend and we will be holding a trial game on Saturday week. We will be approaching all clubs to recommend …

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Club camogie stars to be honoured

THE Clare Camogie Board, in conjunction with the Clare Camogie Supporters club will host an awards night this Saturday at the Auburn Lodge Hotel.Medals will be presented to the Munster U-16 camogie champions on the night, along with the U-14 inter-county blitz winners from the Galway blitz.As this is the 75th year of Clare camogie the county executive has introduced the Inaugural Club Star Awards. These are a small token of the appreciation that the board has for those who work so hard at club level but may never reach county teams, but without whom clubs would not survive.The medal and award recipients have been asked to be in the Auburn Lodge for 7.30pm. The presentation will begin at 8pm. The recipients of the Club Star Awards 2009:U-12C – Rebecca Collins, Corofin; U-12B – Lauren Tuohy, Clarecastle; U-12A – Niamh Whyte, Sixmilebridge; U-14C – Lisa O’Donoghue, Whitegate; U-14B – Sophie Hannah, Éire Óg; U-14A – Niki Kaiser, Newmarket-on-Fergus; U-16C – …

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Special Olympics Ireland need volunteers

THE 2010 Special Olympics Ireland games will take place in Limerick from June 9 to 13. This will be one of the most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland next year with 1,900 athletes participating in 13 sports in venues throughout the area.A great deal of advanced planning is going into the preparations for these games and as part of the drive to recruit 3,500 volunteers to help run the games, Special Olympics Ireland is organising a series of volunteer information sessions for people who would like to volunteer their time, energy and expertise from now until the games begin in June. Volunteer information sessions will take place in the Jean Monnet Theatre, Main University Building, University of Limerick, on the following dates: Saturday at 10.30am; Monday, November 23, at 7pm and Saturday, November 28, at 10.30am and 1.30pm.  The organisers will be recruiting volunteers in early January 2010 for individuals who are not in a position to …

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Ideal weather for Lissycasey races

  FERGUS Athletic Club hosted the Patrick O’Dea open cross country and 5km road races in Lissycasey on the lands of JJ Sheehan last Sunday.Weather conditions were ideal and this helped ensure that there were big entries for all races.In the ladies’ 5,000 metres road race, Marian Burke, St Mary’s, recorded a great victory in 19mins.47secs, with Sharon Rynne, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, second and Cushla Murphy Hehir, Marian, third. Ennis Track won the team title ahead of St Mary’s and Fergus AC.Michael Maher, Ennis Track, was victorious in the men’s 5,000 metres race in 16mins.52secs with Paul Daly, St John’s, second followed by his clubmate. Eoin Brew, St John’s, took the senior men’s team title and the Bernie Meaney Shield ahead of Marian and Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare.In the novice race, there was a great win for Keith White, St John’s, in 17mins.34secs, with a mighty battle for the minor places resulting in Noel Garry, St John’s taking the runner-up spot …

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St Flannan’s through to Harty Cup play-offs

ST Flannan’s College secured their place in the play-off stages of the Dr Harty Cup, Munster Colleges senior hurling championship, when they defeated Waterford Colleges in a hard-fought contest at Bansha on Wednesday.Five points clear at half-time after playing with the aid of a strong breeze, things didn’t look that good for the Ennis side. When the Waterford outfit scored the opening two points of the second half, followers of St Flannan’s were particularly worried and this was still the case with 10 minutes remaining, when their lead was down to two points.Three points from Niall Arthur followed and these scores secured a merited win for Flannan’s and a place in the last eight in the new year.A first-half goal from Ballyea’s Tony Kelly helped the winners to a half-time lead of 1-9 to 1-4. They had missed a few chances in this period and the outcome was in the balance at the interval.The spirit and battling qualities of St …

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Ennis player is included in Ireland U-19 squad

CLARE rugby received another boost this week when Ennis player Lukas Kunz was named on the Irish U-19 schools panel to play Australia at the UCD campus on Friday, November 27.A student at St Munchin’s College in Limerick, Lukas has been part of the Munster underage squads in recent years and  got a trial for the U-18 Ireland squad last season. A product of the very successful Ennis rugby underage section. Lukas plays in the centre for the club while, in recent trial games, he has been selected on the wing.He is the first Ennis player to be called into an Irish squad since Aidan Considine was part of the Ireland U-19 team in 1998.

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Three Munster GAA awards for Clare

DETAILS of the Munster GAA Bord Gáis awards were announced in Cork last week and three of the winners are from Clare.Cratloe have won the club of the year award in the province, the U-21 hurler of the year is Clonlara’s Darach Honan, while the hurling hall of fame award goes to former Clare goalkeeper Seamus Durack.Former Clare senior football manager John O’Keeffe, Kerry, will be presented with the football hall of fame award.The awards will be presented at a gala banquet in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan, on Saturday, December 5. The full list of award recipients this year are:Hurler of the year: Brendan Cummins, TipperaryFootballer of the Year: Pierce O Neill, CorkMedia Award: Jim O’Sullivan, Irish ExaminerService to Refereeing: Jim Joe Landers, WaterfordService in Education:  Denis Ring, Blackwater Community SchoolManager of the Year: Liam Sheedy, TipperaryClub of the Year: Cratloe GAALadies Football: Norita Kelly, CorkCamogie: Aoife Murray, CorkHandball: Shane Hedigan, CorkDistinguished Service to the GAA: Frank Murphy, CorkSpecial Merit Award: …

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