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GAA championship draws

The draw for the intermediate and junior A hurling and the junior A football championships was made at the March meeting of Clare GAA which took place this Tuesday evening at the Woodstock hotel. Kilmaley who were relegatedfrom senior at the end of last year will meet their neighbours and arch rivals Inagh-Kilnamona in a first round tie. Last year’s beaatenfinalists Broadford will face Sixmilebridge 1 while Sixmilebridge 2 will be up against Parteen. The details are Intermediate hurling; Clonlara v Clarecastle; Ruan v Cratloe; Corofin v Killanena; Inagh-Kilnamona v Kilmaley; Tubber v Scariff; Smith O’Briens v Newmarket; Broadford v Sixmilebridge 1; Sixmilebridge 2 v Parteen Junior A hurling Group 1; Broadford, Ennistymon, Clooney-Quin, St. Josephs, Kilmaley; Group 2; Crusheen, Meelick, Ballyea, Eire Og Group 3; Wolfe Tones, Ogonnelloe, O’Callaghans Mills, Bodyke Junior A football Group 1; Cratloe, Killimer, Clooney-Quin, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Moy Group 2; Naomh Eoin, Cooraclare, Ballyvaughan, Ennistymon; Group 3; Wolfe Tones,Eire Og, Miltown, Lissycasey; Group 4; Kilrush, Michael …

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Ahead of Friday’s All-Ireland final, Ballyea’s Jack Browne tells all

Name: Jack Browne Age: 23 Occupation: Teacher Favourite hurler: Seanie McMahon Favourite food: Chocolate Favourite song: Dynamite Who is the best singer on the panel? Gudgy O’Connell Who thinks they can sing but can’t? Joe Neylon Who is the best craic on a night out? James Murphy Who always wants to go home early? Redgy O’Connor Other sporting interests? Greyhounds You may not know this about me but I …… am a natural forward

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Flanagan spills beans on Ballyea colleagues

AHEAD of Friday’s All-Ireland club final in Croke Park, Ballyea defender Paul Flanagan reveals some of his and his team-mates most closely guarded secrets. Name: Paul Flanagan Age: 24 Occupation: Teacher Favourite hurler: Redgy O’Connor Favourite food: Lasagne Favourite music: Anything by Ed Sheeran Who is the best singer on the panel? Pearse Lillis – ‘The Chapel Gates.’ Who thinks they can sing but can’t? Jack Browne Who is the best craic on a night out? Pat Joe ‘the hatchet’ Connolly Who always wants to go home early? Joe Neylon Other sporting interests?Anything that’s on including rugby, athletics and golf. You may not know this about me but I …… attended the World Rugby Cup final! By Peter O’Connell

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Strong finish steers Clare to victory

Clare 0-20 Dublin 1-15 Clare’s hopes of playing in the league quarter final and avoiding the relegation play off received a boost with this hard earned two point win over Dublin at Cusack park this afternoon. Played before an attendance of 4,370, the home side finished strongly to record their second win of the campaign, a result which puts them in a quarter final position with one game to play. This was a tie which could have gone either way but Clare simply refused to concede and put in a strong finish to emerge with victory. Despite playing against a fresh wind, Clare started well and went 0-5 to 0-3 in front after fifteen minutes. Dublin struck for the game’s only goal midway through the opening half, Ryan O’Dwyer getting the vital touch to find the net and from here to half time they had the better of matters and had a five point lead, 1-10 to 0-8, when the …

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David McInerney returns to Clare team

Tulla’s David McInerney has been named in the Clare team for the first time since last summer’s championship for tomorrow’s league clash with Dublin at Cusack Park. The 2013 All-Ireland medal winner comes in at corner back for the injured Oisin O’Brien in what is one of three changes in personnell from the side which went down to Tipperary last week. The other changes are in attack where Ian Galvin, following an impressive showing when introduced at Semple stadium and Peter Duggan are named in the corner forward positions in place of Aaron Cunningham and Cathal McInerney, both of whom are included in the substitutes. The game throws in at 2p.m. And will be broadcast live on TG4. The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); David McInerney (Tulla), Cian Dillon (Crusheen) Captain, Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Conor Cleary (Miltown St. Josephs), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), David Reidy (Éire Óg); Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge), Podge Collins (Cratloe), John Conlon (Clonlara);nIan …

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Rochestown’s experience too much for St. Caimins

Rochestown College, Cork 2  St.Caimins Shannon 1 St.Caimins Shannon will have to wait at least another year to realise their dream of winning a first Munster colleges soccer title. At the astroturf pitch at Charleville sports complex this afternoon they had to give best to favourites, Rochestown College from Cork in the under 17 A decider. The win completed a great double for the Cork school as, earlier i n the week, they captured the under 19 title. Today’s win in the under 17 final was deserved as they were the better balanced side throughout. they had the better of the first half exchanges and deservingly took the lead thanks to a powerful Josh Hanrahan header after seventeen minutes. This score separated the sides at the interval and, to be fair, the winners were a little unlucky not to have been further ahead as they had enjoyed the better of matters in the opening forty minutes. Twelve minutes into the …

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Merited win for stronger Tipperary

Tipperary 0-28 Clare 0-21 Tipperary’s greater all round physical strength proved decisive inthis division 1A hurling league tie at Semple stadium in Thurles today. They took control in the second half and while Clare made them battle all the way to the finish, the premier outfit were deserving of victory, their third in as many outings in this campaign. Despite playing against the breeze, Tipperary made the better start and raced into a five point lead after just seven minutes. A further two minutes elapsed before Clare had their first score, a point from Podge Collins. From here on Clare showed steady improvement and when the half time whistle sounded they were ahead by the minimum margin,0-11 to 0-10. The winners again made the better start to the second half and hit the first three points to open a two point lead. Podge Collins again was Clare’s first scorer in the half by the mid point of which the winners …

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Footballers beat Cork in league for first time in 23 years

Clare 2-11 Cork 0-9 AN outstanding second half display, during which Clare outscored Cork 1-9 to 0-4, helped the home county to their first league win over Cork in 23 years. The game was played in sometimes very challenging conditions in front of a crowd of 985 people in Cusack Park. Clare are now joint second with Galway in the division 2 table, on five points after four games. They are just a point behind leaders Kildare. Clare captain Martin McMahon felt that the panel of players were honest with each other following last weeks defeat to Galway in Salthill. “We worked really hard this week at training. We went back to basics and really got stuck into each other. Tactics were right today and everyone just worked as hard as they could,” the Kilmurry Ibrickane man said. “Today we said that we were going to try and keep it nice and tight. I think our forwards worked really hard. …

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