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Óige Murphy singing in the rain

The contrast in climates couldn’t have been more marked but there was no doubt as to where Cratloe’s Óige Murphy preferred to be.There is no way that the Cratloe midfielder would have swapped the heat of last May 29 for the wind and rain of Cusack Park on November 21. That May evening, Newmarket beat Cratloe 2-11 to 0-9 in the group stage of the championship and it appeared a cast iron certainty that the South-East Clare senior hurling team was going nowhere. “It was a perfect day for hurling and we lost by eight points. After that I don’t think anyone thought we had it in us. But we picked it up with Fiach O’Loughlin coming on board, which was excellent help,” Murphy told The Clare Champion.  “We’ve been constantly going week in, week out and the momentum built up over the last few weeks has just been unbelievable. It has been a great last few weeks,” the dual …

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