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‘King’ to reign at Liscannor

MONARD based handler, Pat Curtin brings a strong hand to Liscannor for the opening meeting of the new coursing season at the weekend and he is sure to have the short priced favourites for both all-aged events.

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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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Tuohy save pulled the game from the fire for the Banner

FOR a brief moment early in the last quarter of Sunday’s final, Clare manager John Minogue worried that they might not get the victory they were chasing.  “When Kilkenny went two points clear, I was concerned. It took a fantastic save from Donal Tuohy to keep us in the game. We were on the rack a little bit at that stage but we steadied the ship,” he reflected moments after Sunday’s final.

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