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Bright summer for Clare lifesavers

While the summer of 2009 was a washout, it did not daunt the young members of the Clare Lifesaving Club, who trained extensively at the White Strand under a team of volunteer coaches. The ultimate test of their training and skills was challenged in competing provincially, nationally and at European level All events at the competitions are based on the skills required by lifesavers and lifeguards and the equipment used by them in carrying out their duty.

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Warrior instinct leads Clare to glory

AS this Clare team’s most trying hour veered unsteadily between glorious triumph and wordless deflation, their collective warrior spirit inched them beyond Kilkenny, hurtling them into the regal  sporting annals of this county. The swashbuckling nature of their wins over Limerick, Waterford and Galway were supplanted by a terse mid-September afternoon in Croke Park, where every involvement had to be manfully fought for, with space so scarce that successfully inhaling air was an achievement, let alone eking room to hurl freely.

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Magnificent defence paves road to glory

Clare 0-15  Kilkenny 0-14 Inspired by a magnificent defensive performance, Clare were crowned All-Ireland U-21 hurling champions at Croke Park on Sunday when they dethroned the title-holders, Kilkenny, in a tremendous contest. Conceding just six frees in the hour, one of which resulted in a point, this disciplined performance from the backs laid the foundations for this historic victory.

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Conlon – The Banner talisman

Even if John Conlon hadn’t zipped over three stirring second half points, the Clonlara man of steel would still have been a legitimate contender for man of the match. Twice inside the opening 20 minutes, Conlon won frees that were then pointed by the ice cool Colin Ryan. He also won the puck out and placed Darach Honan, whose deflected shot won a ’65, pointed by the Newmarket free taker.

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the homecoming…

THEY might be too young to have clear memories of Clare’s homecoming after the 1995 Munster final, but what the U-21 panel looked out onto on Monday night was evocative of that summer night 14 years ago. On both evenings, O’Connell Square and the streets leading off it were thronged with well-wishers and supporters as a rare carnival atmosphere rested over the centre of Ennis.

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