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Kelly and Duggan in starting line up

Tony Kelly and Peter Duggan have been named to start in the Clare team for tomorrow’s Allianz hurling league final against Waterford. They replace the injured John Conlon and Paul Flanagan. Elsewhere the team is unchanged from that which defeated Kilkenny in the semi-final Duggan is named at wing forward with Kelly named to play at full forward. The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Pat O’Connor (Tubber), Cian Dillon (Crusheen; Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown St. Josephs), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); David Reidy (Éire Óg), Colm Galvin (Clonlara); Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones), Darach Honan (Clonlara), Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin); Podge Collins (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Conor McGrath (Cratloe) Waterford have named an unchanged team from that which defeated Limerick in the semi-final Kilmurry-Ibrickane march on Round six in the Cusack cup (senior football league) was completed on this Saturday afternoon and defending champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane remain unbeaten after a comprehensive 6-10 to 1-7 win over Lissycasey. Last years …

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Stack looks back with pride and regret

IT’S 38 years since Seán Stack captained Clare to their last national league title but when he presses the refresh button on the bank of memories, tales flow effortlessly. Most of them are of great times, games and life-long friends but an obstinate regret lingers that Clare failed to deliver a Munster title. The absence of a Munster medal irks Stack and always will. His eyes cannot conceal the hurt. Clare played in three league finals in the mid to late 1970s, losing in ’76 to Kilkenny and beating them in ’77 and ’78. They lost three successive provincial finals in that era. “Frightening isn’t it?” Stack said of the speed with which the years have piled up since. “Would you believe I can still feel the sense in the dressing room, the atmosphere in the camp and the build up to the league finals.” As if they togged together last Sunday, Stack can clearly recall who did what in …

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McInerney retains perspective on and off the field

“I’M very immature. I’d happily watch a Disney movie and find it funny. If my mother is coming home from work, I’ll stand in a corner and jump out and scare her.” Not usually the words you associate with a Clare senior player. 2013 All-Star David McInerney has vacated his corner-back position this year for a number six jersey, although unfortunately injury has ruled him out of Sunday’s National Hurling League final. When I meet McInerney he’s a bit late for the interview. He’s just after milking and dosing 85 cows on a Monday afternoon. He’s wearing old farm clothes covered in cow dung but he changes quickly and makes two cups of tea (without electricity today). This week he isn’t teaching primary school children but when you’re from a farm, there’s always something to do. Mind you, he only woke at 8.30am this morning, which is sinful on any farm. The Tulla clubman was quite busy in his younger …

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Conlon and Flanagan ruled out

Clare have been dealt a double blow ahead of Sunday’s National Hurling League final, with John Conlon and Paul Flanagan both ruled out. Conlon, one of the stars of the win over Kilkenny, has not recovered from a leg injury picked up in that game and, at this stage, he is also a doubt for the Munster championship semi-final on June 5. The injury is understood to be similar to that which kept Tony Kelly and Jack Browne out of action for almost two months. Paul Flanagan will also miss the final due to concussion. Discussing Clare’s involvement in the 2016 National Hurling League final is not something that was expected when the competition got underway back in February. Yet here they are, putting the final touches to their plans for a tilt at title-holders Waterford at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday at 3.30pm. Undefeated in 11 competitive outings this season, Clare will go into Sunday’s decider determined to …

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Junior Football Groupings

Seventeen clubs will compete for the Clare junior football championship in 2016 and they will be divided into four groups, three of four and one of five. Two teams will qualify from each group for the quarter finals. The groupings are; Group 1—Lissycasey, Clondegad, Doonbeg, Ballyvaughan, Kilmurry-Ibrickane; Group 2—Moy, Killimer, Naomh Eoin, Cratloe Group 3—Ennistymon, Meelick, Miltown and Ml. Cusacks Group 4—Kilrush, Clooney-Quin, St. Josephs, Cooraclare

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Bridge Utd heading towards premier title

Bridge United A 1 Newmarket Celtic A 0 Bridge United A took a giant step towards winning the Clare soccer league’s premier league title when they defeated holders Newmarket Celtic at McDonough Park this Sunday morning. An outstanding defensive display, particularly in the final quarter, was key to this success on a day when the all important goal was scored by Darragh Fitzgerald early in the second half. Over the ninety minutes, Bridge deserved the victory. They had the better of the first half exchanges and will have been disappointed not to lead at the interval. They had a great chance to take the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty after Derek Fahy was adjudged to have been fouled in the square/ However, Niall Quinn produced an excellent save from Robbie Wall. The final quarter was dominated by the home side butthey simply could not break down a superb Bridge United defence in which team …

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Kilbeacanty GAA spreading Be Well message

A South Galway GAA club has begun a mental health initiative which proponents hope will spread nationwide. Kilbeacanty GAA Club recently launched its Be Well programme, dedicated to maintaining and improving the mental and physical well-being of members of the club and the wider community. “Two years ago, Niall Donoghue passed away. As a follow-up, we have done a few small things but this is an initiative we came up with and it might be a way of getting information to everyone in the parish. The county board is hoping to roll it out in other areas,” explained club secretary Alan O’Grady. The death of the outstanding young hurler was a devastating blow to the club and community. “It has woken up a lot of communities. It put a lot of alarm bells ringing in clubs across the county and country. Every parish should be aware that this could happen, people are depressed and we don’t want it happening in …

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