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CAMOGIE: Battling Banner downed by All-Ireland champions

CLARE battled until the end but Kilkenny’s superior quality up front shone through as they secured the spoils in Sixmilebridge writes Ivan Smyth. A battling Clare side fell to a 0-16 to 0-22 defeat against Kilkenny as the reigning All-Ireland and league champions held on for a deserved win. Clare certainly gave as good as they got throughout and can look back on some spurned goal chances in the second half going forward . Chloe Morey saw a 20m free blocked on the line early in the second half while corner forward Eimear Kelly was thwarted by Kilkenny goalkeeper Emma Kavanagh. Morey was also fouled going through on goal late in the game while Bridin Dinan saw Kavanagh save her goal-bound effort in the final play of the game. Despite the goal chances Kilkenny possessed the greater firepower up front with Clare heavily reliant on Morey frees for scores in the second half. They only shot three points from play …

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Historic Ennis Friary re-opens to the public

TOURISM in Ennis has received a boost with the historic Ennis Friary re-opening to the public this week. The friary, which dates back to the 13th century, re-opened on Tuesday having been closed to the public since last summer due to Covid-19 restrictions. And as an extra bonus, admission to the popular attraction is free for the season. Welcoming the announcement, Councillor Mary Howard said it is “great news” for the town. Just last month she criticised the continued closure of the Friary, saying that the town was losing out on potential tourism opportunities. The Friary has been opened with health and safety in mind and Covid-19 guidelines have been put in place. A maximum of 15 visitors are permitted on site at any one time. Social distancing will apply throughout the site. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces. There are self guided visits only, but Ennis Friary guides are on hand to answer any questions. Hand …

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Banner need to take a big scalp to progress

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Round 1 Clare v Kilkenny @ O’Garney Park Sixmilebridge, Saturday 2pm IF NECESSITY is the mother of invention, Clare will need all their powers of innovation this Saturday as they prepare to host All-Ireland champions Kilkenny. Indeed, with the draw pooling the last two All-ireland winners Kilkenny and Galway with Clare and Westmeath for two knock-out places, the criteria couldn’t be made any simpler for the Banner in that they either take their most significant scalp since returning to the senior grade in 2009 or else face an early exit from the competition. Only eight months on from reaching the last six of the All-Ireland Senior Championship for the first time in six years, hopes of emulating that feat are hanging by a thread unless Clare can finally step up to the mark. Optimism stems from their National League opener against Galway which despite defeat, arguably was Clare’s best performance under Ger O’Connell. However, its antithesis …

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Frustration for Clare fans as match again confined to Sky

WITH restrictions on crowds attending and the streaming option unavailable, it’ll be Sky Sports or nothing for most Clare people who want to see the Banner taking on Wexford on Saturday. There would have been some disappointment among hurling followers that Clare had drawn Wexford instead of Laois on Monday, while many supporters are tired of the subplot involving the two managers, which has been written about and discussed for years at this stage. However, all that aside, there was yet more annoyance when the time of the game was announced as being 1.30pm on a Saturday, a busy working day for many people, and the match only available on Sky Sports to boot. Signing up for Sky Sports is relatively expensive for many people, and this is particularly true for those whose primary interest is in the GAA, not sports such as soccer, rugby, golf and boxing which it shows much more of. Because of the way Sky bills …

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Epic walkers ‘delighted’ with Cliffs of Moher welcome

THE Cliffs of Moher welcomed some very special guests on Friday with the arrival of two Dublin teenagers who had just completed a mammoth journey. Friends Scott Ward and Derek O’Brien reached the cliffs after walking for six days from Coolock in Dublin, 250km, for charity. The pair had been sharing their journey across social media, touching the nation with their epic endeavour and raising more than €70,000 to date. Arriving at the Cliffs of Moher the 19-year-olds paid tribute to all who came to welcome them saying, “Thank you all so much for coming to the cliffs yesterday in the rain. It was an absolute pleasure seeing everybody and I can’t thank you all enough for the experience.” The youngsters had raised the funds for Abacas Kilbarrack Special School, where Scott’s cousin Lucas attends. “I know the amazing work they do each time I see Lucas in his progression. This school is amazing and I wanted to say thank …

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Musicians reunite for Culture Night

TWO contemporary Clare musicians are set to collaborate with their musical heroes from times past as part of an innovative new project which will premiere on Culture Night this September. The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and the Arts Office of Clare County Council have announced that the second Duala: Creator-in-Residence Scheme has been awarded to joint applicants Tara Breen and Nuala Kennedy. The pair have been working on Ag Lorg Ár Líne – Clare Women: Listening and Performing will premiere online on Friday, September 17, as part of Culture Night 2021. They have been listening deeply to archival recordings of their female predecessors, and are attempting to ‘collaborate remotely’ across time and space with some of their County Clare musical foremothers: Kitty Hayes, song/concertina; Nell Galvin, fiddle; Mary Haren, concertina; and singer Nora Cleary.  Through creative use of digital archival recordings, Nuala and Tara will explore and reimagine the details and subtleties of the music of these influential women …

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Investigation into attempted burglary in Clare village

GARDAÍ in Shannon are seeking information on a car which was used to flee the scene of an attempted burglary in Sixmilebridge last week. Two men, armed with a metal bar and a baseball bat, fled from the house in Gort an Null in a black BMW 5 series after they were seen by an occupant of the house. The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 6. According to a spokesperson for Clare Gardaí, “Gardaí are investigating a burglary which took place at Gort an Null, Sixmilebridge. The injured party observed two males at the door. One was in possession of a metal bar and the other with a baseball bat. The injured party shouted at the two males who then ran and got into a black BMW 5 series, possibly a 2004/2007 model 5 series, which was parked beside the building. They drove off with the boot open. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shannon Garda Station at …

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Barefield pupils ‘keen to keep it green’

MORE than 350 children in 12 primary schools across Clare, Galway, Limerick and Tipperary have learned more about biodiversity and how to reduce waste, reuse and recycle, thanks to an environmental initiative run by global healthcare technology company, Zimmer Biomet as part of the Junior Achievement outreach program. Under the initiative, dubbed Keen to Keep it Green, the Shannon based employer donated trees and wildflowers and its employees visited schools to plant the trees, wildflowers and run litter clean-ups. The programme was conducted in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations and public health guidelines. Among the local schools involved was Barefield National School with deputy principal Peadar McMahon saying, “We thoroughly enjoyed participating in your Keen to Keep it Green initiative. “We have planted four beautiful trees and decorated our garden with colourful flowers in conjunction with your dedicated employees.” He added that the initiative helped raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment and respecting nature all around us. “Thank you – …

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