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Last-gasp draw a fair result

Cooraclare 2-6  Doonbeg 1-9 THERE was never any doubt that the meeting of these neighbouring rivals would provide plenty of excitement and so it proved at Quilty on Saturday evening. They produced a grandstand finish with first Cooraclare and then Doonbeg looking to have secured a place in the semi-final of the Clare Senior Championship.

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Primary schools GAA season launched

  The race for the various primary schools hurling, football, camogie and handball titles is about to commence and last week, the executive committee, based in the Holy Family senior school in Ennis, launched the 2009/2010 fixture schedule.A comprehensive booklet giving the fixtures for the different divisions has been published and sent out to all the schoolsIn charge of the different sections are:Girls’ football: Pat McNamara and John Corbett Knockanean NS.Boys’ football: Peadar McMahon, Barefield NS and Donal Ó hAiniféin, Gaelscoil Mhichíl CiosógCamogie: Michael Cummins and Chris Morley Clarecastle and Siobhán Marren, Ennis NS.Hurling: John O’Byrne St Conaire’s NS and Brian Torpey Tulla NS.Handball: Brian Torpey Tulla NS.The Clare Primary School Football Board consists of chairman, John Joe McMahon; secretary, Marueen O’Shea; treasurer, Phil Morgan and PRO, Michael O’Connor.The executive committee comprises Sean O’Neill, chairman; Margaret Cooney, vice-chairperson; Barbara Guilfoyle, secretary; Barbara Gill, assistant secretary; David McCormack, treasurer; Joe Ryan, assistant treasurer; Majella Lillis, PRO and Jillian Bridge, assistant PRO.Short …

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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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