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€2.5m losses at Doonbeg golf club

American billionaire Donald Trump has taken a €2.5 million hit in his first year of ownership of the Doonbeg golf resort, accounts filed to the Companies Office has revealed. TIGL Ireland Enterprises Limited, which operates Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in the West Clare village, recorded post-tax losses of €2,549,801 in its first year since the business tycoon acquired the resort. In the company’s financial statements, its directors note that the substantial losses were due to the write-off of various start-up costs incurred as part of the acquisition of the business. The golf resort was bought by Mr Trump last year for around €8.7m. It was subsequently valued at €23m by the businessman in financial disclosures filed this year with the Federal Election Commission in the US, as part of his campaign to secure the Republican nomination for the presidential election. The golf course is currently being redesigned and will not be fully operational until 2016. This is likely …

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Podge poised for hurling return

PODGE Collins is on his way back to the Clare senior hurling panel for 2016, but he will also remain with the county footballers. Manager, Davy Fitzgerald has refused to confirm or deny that the Cratloe man, who is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury, is about to rejoin the hurling panel but The Clare Champion has learned this is the position. “No comment” was the manager’s response, when asked about this and about speculation as to who has been let go from the panel, which is expected to begin training next month. Collins, one of the stars of the 2013 All-Ireland success, after which he was honoured as an All-Star and was shortlisted for the Hurler Of The Year award, was omitted from the hurling panel last year, after the management opted not to include any dual players. The return of Collins to the hurling panel, while still being available to the senior football side – which …

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Football final: Reaching for the Stars

Football takes centre stage in Clare this weekend, as Cooraclare and Miltown St Joseph’s prepare to battle it out for the Jack Daly Cup, and the honour of being crowned senior football champions for 2015, at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. To mark the occasion, The Clare Champion has published a 16-page supplement, Reaching for the Stars. Sports editor, Seamus Hayes and football correspondent, Peter O’Connell have interviews with players and well-know club figures on both sides, as well as opinion pieces and the match preview. It’s an all West Clare affair between two teams from traditional football strongholds that have not featured on the senior champions’ roll of honour for some time. Both clubs have enjoyed success at underage and other grades this year, however, which augurs well for their futures. Miltown’s 1990 Clare championship winning team will be honoured at half-time during the final at Cusack Park. A number of players have sons bidding to follow in their footsteps …

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Gilligan inspires ‘Bridge to another title

Sixmilebridge 1-21 Clonlara 0-15 A haul of 0-13 from Niall Gilligan played a key role in Sixmilebridge winning back the Canon Hamilton trophy after a lapse of one year, as they overcame Clonlara in the Clare senior hurling championship final at sunsplashed Cusack Park on Sunday afternoon. [doptg id=”82″] The Sixmilebridge veteran, who won the first of his five Clare senior championships 20 years ago in 1995, was presented with the man of the match award at the end of a game his side won convincingly While Sixmilebridge carried the favourites tag into this game, much was expected of Clonlara but their fans went home disappointed at the end of a contest in which Clare All-Ireland winning heroes from 2013, Colm Galvin, Darach Honan and Domhnaill O’Donovan failed to make an impression and this was a big talking point after the game. Disappointed with the result, Clonlara manager Sean Stack accepted thst there was no argument about the outcome. “They were …

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Junior A championship final at Cooraclare

Celebration time for Wolfe Tones and Coolmeen

Bonfires blazed across the parishes of Shannon and Coolmeen-Cranny on Saturday evening after Wolfe Tones and Coolmeen were crowned intermediate hurling and junior A football champions repectively. Goals proved decisive and Wolfe Tones won back senior status after a year in the lower division when they defeated Broadford at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge. Two goals in each half proved too much for Broadford who, despite scoring seventeen points, were five adrift when the final whistle sounded. The winners got off to a dream start with a Kevin McCafferty goal as early as the fourth minute. Broadford rallied and drew level by the thirteenth minute and they will be disappointed that they weren’t ahead at this point but poor shooting proved costly. Ahead by a point after twenty minutes the winners struck again and Jack Cunningham found the net, a score that helped them to a half time lead on the score of 2-4 to 0-7. The winners made the better …

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The true cost of a cancer diagnosis

Rita Kierce understands the financial difficulties associated with cancer having been diagnosed with mouth cancer 25 years ago and since then she has had to deal with a multitude of expensive medical bills on an annual basis. Rita has undergone extensive medical treatment since 1989, which included comprehensive dental work. Ahead of the budget the Kilnaboy woman said she believes the government should do more to help families who are struggling financially. New figures from the Irish Cancer Society confirmed in recent days that the average spend per month for cancer patients with a medical card or private health insurance was €862, while those who cannot work, work less or lose income as a result of having cancer face an income drop averaging €1,400 a month or €16,750 per year. Speaking to The Clare Champion Rita, who is an accomplished runner and previously represented the Irish cross-country team, said as a result of her treatment, she is still undergoing an …

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Consistency earns ‘Bridge favourites’ tag

CAN Sixmilebridge continue their unbeaten run and justify favouritism by re-claiming a title they last held just two years ago? Will Clonlara deliver on their undoubted potential and atone for the disappointments of recent years since they made the breakthrough and won the title in 2008 How will Sean Stack’s involvement as Clonlara manager impact on the game? Can Clonlara complete the senior/junior double and capture the Canon Hamilton Trophy to go alongside the Junior A Cup won last week? These are just a few of the questions being raised ahead of Sunday’s Clare Senior Hurling Championship final between Clonlara and Sixmilebridge, which has all the ingredients to be one of the best finals in years. Both clubs were on most people’s shortlist for honours when the draw was made back in March. Winning back the Canon Hamilton Trophy has been foremost in the minds of all involved with Sixmilebridge GAA since the beginning of the 2015 season. Disappointed at …

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€1.65m sports grants for Clare

A total of 25 sports groups and organisations across Clare will benefit from grants ranging from €200,000 to €1,200, announced by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.  The countywide allocation under the Sports Capital Programme 2015  is €1.65 million. Clare funding recipients include: Clare County Council – Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park Lees Road (€200,000) Clare Camogie (€180,792) O’Callaghan’s Mills GAA Club (€114,000) Bridge United AFC €110,000 Tulla Athletic Club €110,000 Lahinch Sportsfield Committee €106,000 Ennistymon GAA Club €106,000 Scariff GAA Park Committee €105,000 Cullaun Sailing Club Ltd €105,000 Clare Co Council – Active Ennis Leisure Complex €100,000 Banner GAA Club Ennis €85,000 Shannon Gaels GAA Club €62,000 Shannon Leisure Centre Ltd €56,000 Corofin GAA Club €50,000 Muintir Na Tire Dysart Branch €40,000 Liscannor Community Sportsfield Co. Ltd €27,000 Crusheen G.A.A. Club €22,548 Eire Og Inis €15,000 Ennis RFC €11,000 Ennis Triathlon Club €10,000 Derg AC €10,000 Ennis Boxing Club €8,000 GoTri Racing Triathlon Club €7,000 …

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