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Caoimhe Lally of Clare.

‘It’s everyone’s dream to play in Croke Park’- Lally

While players such as Niamh Mulqueen and Sinead O’Keeffe have had to contend with a multitude of set-backs and heartbreak to finally get to Croke Park, Caoimhe Lally is one of the younger generation of stars hoping to make playing and winning in Croke Park a regular occurence. Joining the set-up straight from minor in 2021, the Newmarket-on-Fergus player was part of immediate success as a Munster Junior title was followed by this year’s National League Division 3B success so Croke Park was the next obvious step really I suppose. “My mom said it to me at the final whistle of the semi-final ‘this has been your dream’ and let’s be honest it’s everyone who has ever picked up a hurley’s dream to get to play in Croke Park in an All-Ireland Final. “There are a good few girls there like Rebecca Crowe, Niamh Mulqueen, Sinead O’Keeffe and Michele Powell that have been there for years and have had repeated …

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Clare Camogie manager, John Carmody.

Carmody looking to Croke Park bounce for future of Clare Camogie

A rising tide lifts all boats comes to mind when speaking to John Carmody on his hopes for the future of Clare Camogie. Not content to just savour a first All-Ireland Final appearance in Croke Park this Sunday, the Kilmaley clubman, who guided the Clare minor camogie teams to successive All-Ireland deciders at the backend of the noughties, is confident that if the current momentum can raise the bar for all their adult teams. “Look, we’ve a fantastic team, particularly this year as our results have been outstanding. We’ve shown real composure and shown a team ethic that you need to win big games and we’ll need that again on Sunday, We’ve asked the girls for one final push as we’ve focused on improving performances every day we’ve gone out this year and none more so than Sunday week as we’re targeting our best performance of the year. And if we get that, hopefully we’ll be going up the steps …

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From dreams of Cusack Park to the steps of Croke Park

The Clare Junior Camogie team will take to the hallowed turf of Croke Park on Sunday bidding to complete a remarkable journey that has seen them struggle to field teams to now contesting an All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Final. Eoin Brennan spoke with mentor Ann-Marie McGann who revived the county’s second team in 2016 and has been driving it ever since. Cusack Park would have been a major dream when AnnMarie McGann first initiated the re-ignition of a second county team back in 2016. It has been tried and failed before in different guises, most prominently when Clare’s flagship side finally made the breakthrough from junior level themselves after a series of heartbreaking final defeats in 2008. Making up for lost time, the decision was made to catapult Clare up to senior for 2009 while also entering a second team at intermediate level. It was an undertaking that not only drained resources but the management too under Bertie Sherlock who …

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Bríd and Clare camogie’s award for memorable match programme

Clare Camogie’s Senior & Intermediate County Finals match programme has scooped the Mick Dunne Memorial Award for Programme of the Year. The 2022 Camogie Association Media Awards and Mick Dunne Memorial Award winners were recently announced with Clare Camogie’s County Board securing gold in the Best Match Programme category. Bríd MacNamara produced the programme for the two finals down for decision on Saturday, October 15th; the senior decider between Scariff/Ogonnelloe and Truagh/Clonlara and the Intermediate final between Clarecastle/Ballyea and Tulla. The programme has now been recognised as the best of its type in the country for the second year running. Clare Camogie also scooped this award last year as MacNamara’s programme for the Senior decider between Scariff/Ogonelloe and Truagh/Clonlara in 2021 was rewarded with the top prize. Bríd Mac has no shortage of experience in relation to winning this award. She has previously designed and edited the Programme of the year on two separate occasions as Munster PRO while her …

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Clare senior camogie side face All-Ireland champs first in league

Clare’s Senior Camogie side will face three away trips as the fixtures for the Very Ireland Camogie Leagues have been released. The Banner open their Division 1A campaign at home to reigning All Ireland champions Kilkenny on Saturday, February 18. Clare secured a memorable 1-9 to 0-10 win over Kilkenny in the League three years ago. However, the Cats emerged triumphant when the sides met during the 2021 Championship and in League fare last year. Seven days after their clash with Kilkenny, John Carmody’s side face the first of three successive games away from home when they travel down to Leeside for a clash with Cork. Last year’s league game between the sides saw then Cork camogie coach Davy Fitzgerald sent to the stands after an altercation with Conor Dolan, who at the time was Clare’s joint manager. On Saturday, March 4, Clare will face an away game against Galway. They will then play Tipperary on away soil on Saturday, …

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Clare champions aim to be Tipp top in Munster once again

Eoin Brennan looks ahead to tomorrow’s Munster senior camogie final in which Clare champions Scariff-Ogonnelloe look to maintain their hoodoo over Drom & Inch It’s repeatedly stated that it’s very difficult to beat a side twice but what about three times as Scariff-Ogonnelloe’s Munster Final hoodoo over Drom & Inch is either set to continue or be exorcised in the ultimate showdown on Sunday afternoon. While Scariff-Ogonnelloe ground out the first victory in the 2019 version in Cappamore to maintain their remarkable trailblazing journey, last year’s rematch in Mallow was snatched in dramatic fashion when goal machine Mairead Scanlan grabbed a last gasp winner to cruelly sink the Tipperary champions once more. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the four-in-a-row Tipperary champions when it comes to Munster Finals as only two months previous to January’s Scanlan steal, Drom & Inch had inflicted a similar heartbreaking reverse on Inagh-Kilnamona in the reconvened 2020 version. However, the mere mention of …

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Clare camogie player nominated for ‘Soaring Stars’ award

CLARE camogie star Michelle Powell has been nominated for the PwC Camogie Soaring Stars team for 2022. The Truagh-Clonlara star is contending for the full back slot against Ciara Donohue (Galway) and Niamh O’Leary (Cork). Michelle is the first ever Clare player to be nominated for a Soaring Star. Her role in the Clare defence throughout the 2022 Premier Junior Championship was pivotal in Clare reaching the penultimate stage of the Championship. In what is a busy week for the Truagh Clonlara player, Clare Camogie said it would like to congratulate Michelle on her nomination. The shortlist has been compiled by a dedicated All-Star Nomination Committee, to celebrate the high performance and commitment of players throughout the 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championship season. All-Ireland Intermediate Champions Galway take prime position in the nominations of 36 players spread across 8 different counties. Players from Galway (11), Cork (7), Antrim (5), Meath (5), Derry (3), Armagh (3), Clare …

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Carmody named new Clare camogie manager

Kilmaley’s John Carmody has been appointed manager of Clare’s Senior and Junior Camogie sides for 2023, having been joint manager with Conor Dolan last season. He was previously manager of the senior side for two seasons in 2012 and 2013, guiding the county to the Munster title in his first year at the helm. That provincial success was the first Clare had experienced in 38 years. Carmody had previously been involved with the county minors before taking on the senior role. He is currently finalising his backroom team which is to be confirmed at a later date.  In a year of near misses, Clare’s Senior side were forced to come through a relegation play off against Offaly to preserve their status. Clare lost three and drew two of their group games after reaching the Munster final. They beat Tipperary after a replay to progress to the provincial showdown while despite their best performance of the year, they suffered a heartbreaking …

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