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Deirdre looking forward to Clare’s big day

  By Seamus Hayes   Deirdre Murphy has been ever present in the Clare senior camogie team in recent years. An all star nominee on a couple of occasions, she has represented Munster a number of times in the Gael Linn cup. Indeed the Clooney-Quin woman spent a number of seasons working as a camogie development officer for Munster so there is no denying her love of camogie. While, understandably, delighted with last week’s victory over Cork, being in Sunday’s league final against Kilkenny is where “Clare should be at this stage if we have any ambition”, Deirdre said shortly after helping Clare reach the final for the first time when defeating Cork in Kilmallock Twelve months ago, despite an outstanding performance by Deirdre, Clare lost out in extra time to Cork at the same stage of the league “We have worked hard and nearly every good player in the county is available to us this year. We have been …

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First league final date for Clare

By Seamus Hayes Clare 1-12 Cork 0-11 Clare will contest the division 1 A camogie league final for the first time in their history next week as a result of a fully merited win over Cork at Kilmallock on Saturday. Beaten by the same opposition after exta time at the same stage last year, Clare dominated on this occasion and fully deserved their victory which has earned them a tilt with Kilkenny in the final. The decider will take place as a curtain raiser to the Allianz hurling league final between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Thurles next Sunday. A magnificent display b y the defence inspired this Clare win on a day when the Banner ladies led by a goal, 1-4 to 0-4 at half time. The goalscorer was centre forward Fiona Lafferty after great work by Ellen Horgan and Laura McMahon. Facing into the wind in the second half, there were fears that Clare might struggle but the hit …

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You and me play camogie

THE Camogie Association has launched a new programme for parents and their teenage daughters to learn the skills of camogie in their local club. You & Me Play Camogie is funded to the tune of €10,000 by the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. The six week programme encourages parents and their daughters, from age12 to14, to learn the basic skills of camogie and avail of advice on nutrition and leading a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Applications are invited and eight clubs, nationwide, will be chosen as part of the project. “The Camogie Association is delighted to launch this exciting initiative for parents and their teenage daughters. Health and well-being and leading a fun and active lifestyle are central elements of the programme and so too encouraging daughters and parents to try the sport of camogie together. We are pleased that through the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund we can offer this ambitious new programme to eight selected clubs. It builds further …

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No €250,000 camogie grant

DESPITE receiving confirmation this week that they are not to receive LEADER funding of up to €250,000, Clare camogie officials have said that the development of Fr McNamara Park on the Quin road will go ahead “We are very disappointed that we won’t be getting this money but the project is going ahead and will be completed”, Clare board PRO, Brid McNamara told the Clare Champion. The grant, in two lots, was announced at the beginning of 2013 towards the Clare organisation’s purchase and development plans for their new headquarters, Fr McNamara Park. During the summer concern emerged that the funding might be withdrawn as the eligibility of the project for funding was being assessed. “There is a procedure there whereby all projects are assessed, Clare camogie treasurer, Michael Maher told the Clare Champion at the time. President Michael D Higgins attended the official opening of the new pitch in Autumn 2012 and the venue has been used regularly for …

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Awards on the double for ‘Champion sports coverage

THE Clare Champion’s coverage of Community Games activities was recognised at the national annual general meeting which was held in Westport in Mayo at the weekend. In the Provincial media section, the Clare Champion captured third prize. Sports editor, Seamus Hayes received the award from the organisation’s president, Gerry Davenport. The public relations officer of the Clare organisation, Mary Phelan from Sixmilebridge received an award for her work in that role. Over 200 volunteers descended on the Mayo town where keynote speaker, Kieran Mulvey, chairperson of the Irish Sports Council, praised the HSE Community Games for being a “nursery of sporting talent” in Ireland today. “The HSE Community Games is a shining star in Ireland today and the Irish Sports Council are proud to be associated with this nursery of sporting talent. This year, the HSE Community Games received funding of €260,000 from the ISC (Irish Sports Council) and €25,000 from Women in Sport and we consider this to be …

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Flannan’s double hopes blown away

By Seamus Hayes St Mary’s Charleville 1-5  St Flannan’s 0-4 A WEEK after making history by winning the Munster senior A colleges camogie championship title for the first time, St Flannan’s bid for another first died at windswept Newmarket-on-Fergus. With a number of the history-making senior side in their line up, St Flannan’s took on St Mary’s Charleville in the junior A decider at Fr Murphy Park but, despite a strong performance in very difficult weather conditions, they had to give best to the visitors The winners defended superbly when playing against the strong breeze in the second half and this proved decisive on the day when they failed to register a score in the second period. The Charleville outfit elected to play with the breeze in the opening half and for the opening twenty minutes there was nothing between the sides. With the teams level at 0-2 each with ten minutes remaining in the half, things looked good for …

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Girls take centre stage at Flannan’s

St Flannan’s, Ennis 4-9 Laurel Hill, Limerick 0-8 ST Flannan’s College, long known for the prowess of its hurling teams, added a new dimension to their sporting achievements on Saturday afternoon. The senior camogie team are in the limelight following their Munster Colleges A title victory, a first for the school. A solid defence, the ability to take scores when needed, plus outstanding goalkeeping by Doireann Murphy, saw St Flannan’s in control throughout and return from Ballybricken/Bohermore GAA grounds with the silverware. With the underfoot conditions soft, St Flannan’s opened the scoring in the fourth minute through midfielder Aoife Keane. Laurel Hill’s Kate Mulqueen levelled matters when she converted a free just over a minute later. St Flannan’s won the resulting puckout and with the ball laid off to Amie Wiley, the Clarecastle youngster made no mistake as she split the posts to grab the lead for the Ennis school, a lead that was not relinquished. Aoibhean Malone raised the …

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Clare camogie awards presented

By Seamus Hayes ALMOST 500 people attended Clare Camogie Board’s annual dinner on Friday night, where All-star wing back Chloe Morey from Sixmilebridge was the guest of honour and presented the awards. Clare chairman, Joe Robbins and president, Michael O’Halloran addressed the gathering at Treacy’s West County Hotel and paid tribute to all for their efforts. The identity of the volunteer of the year and lifetime achievement award winner for 2014 were revealed; Breda Daffy, Clooney-Quin and Bridie O’Looney, Newmarket being the recipients. Breda has been involved in the administrative side of her club since 2002, and currently holds the post of chairperson, having filled the posts of both secretary and registrar. Breda has instilled a love of camogie and club among all players over the last 10 years, which has brought the club from a position of having small numbers to winning the intermediate championship and contesting the senior county final. Bridie O’Looney has a rich background in camogie in Clare. …

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