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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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Football coaches to start in January

TWO new coaches, dealing exclusively with football, will be operating in Clare from January next, Pat Cotter, chairman of the Clare football supporters club, told delegates at the Bord na nÓg convention.“Earlier this year, there were a series of meetings around the county which were very well attended and as a result of these, the supporters’ club, in conjunction with Bord na nÓg, has put the new scheme in place,” he said.“There is a four-year university course in Limerick where students spend the third year out coaching. Kerry and Limerick have linked up successfully with this scheme and we will have two of these students in place from January, one from Miltown and the other from Kerry. The cost to us is €16,000 and they will be coaching in the schools and clubs in West, Mid and North Clare. The county board is funding one of these coaches and the supporters’ club and Bord na nÓg are funding the other. …

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No resolution in sight yet

“IT is not a life and death issue,” according to Clare senior hurling manager Mike McNamara. “There are no fatalities at the end of this. It is sport, you get on with it and you get on with what is best for Clare. Votes are irrelevant if you are going forward in a positive manner.”

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Hill’s hat could hold the key

COMMENT THE Clare GAA County Board; every journalist’s dream machine. The stories just keep cascading from their midst, most of them threatening appendicitis, resulting from the side-splitting laughter they spread so effortlessly. Take Johnny Hill; Lissycasey’s answer to Russell Brand.

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