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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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Moloney magic sinks Limerick champs

Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-11  Drom Broadford 0-5 PERHAPS this was Kilmurry Ibrickane’s plan all year. Ease through the Clare championship without over-taxing themselves and up the ante once the Munster club campaign starts.For much of the first half, Kilmurry displayed a hunger and quality not evident during their defence of the county championship. Peter O’Dwyer set the tone right from the throw-in when he barrelled past the Drom-Broadford midfielders before placing Stephen Moloney, who kicked an excellent point after just 15 seconds. A minute after Seánie Buckley kicked a wide, Micheál Reidy scored the Limerick champions’ first score from play after Ray Lynch and Johnny Shanahan had held off Darren Hickey and Enda Coughlan to set him up. Such was Kilmurry’s subsequent dominance that Drom-Broadford didn’t score again until three minutes into the second half. Playing with the strong wind, which blew towards the scoreboard end in Quilty, Stephen Moloney added two excellent points from play, the second of which was …

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