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Kilmurry half-back line holds the key

OF the 500 or so Kilmurry Ibrickane men, women and children expected to surface in Ruislip on Sunday, about 25 of them cannot afford to prematurely enjoy the weekend or even the day itself. If Kilmurry keep their nerve and come 3.30pm have defeated Tír Chonaill Gaels, then the players and their management can relax. But not until the job is done.

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Reflecting on the games of life and football

  WHEN Jim Joe Lynch caught the West Clare Railway to Ennistymon CBS, he often had to cup his ears to deflect the big talk that assailed them. For four years, the Mullagh schoolboy had to listen to the Miltown and Doonbeg contingent trade football talk. Neither Jim Joe nor his Mullagh friends had much to boast about. Kilmurry-Ibrickane were not a factor on the 1950’s football fields of Clare.“When I was going up on that train, for four years, there was the Miltown boys on one side of me and the Doonbeg boys on the other side discussing their senior championships,” Jim Joe reflected. When he played himself, he was last man back and kept goal for St Mary’s (the then Kilmurry team) and for a year at Ennistymon CBS. To this day, he hasn’t forgotten an underage final in 1958 and the flak that flew primarily his direction. St Mary’s played Miltown in a minor county final. “We …

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