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Cooraclare shock favourites

Cooraclare caused a big shock when they defeated the hot favourites Clondegad in the second of the Clare senior football championship semi-finals, played at Kilmihil on Sunday. First half goals from Rory Donnelly and Tadhg Lillis helped Cooraclare to a four point lead at half time when the score was 2-5 to 0-7. Points were exchanged on a number of occasions in the third quarter before Cooraclare  extended their lead with goals from Thomas Downes and substitute Jack Morrissey. To their credit, Clondegad battled back and goals from Paudge  McMahon and Shane Brennan closed the gap but time wasn’t on their side and when the final whistle sounded, Cooraclare were deservingly ahead and through to play Miltown in the final. The final scoreline was 4-10 to 2-13 The senior hurling final pairing is also confirmed after the weekend when Clonlara sealed their place in the final with a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Kilmaley in their semi-final replay at Cusack …

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Cratloe dethroned…..again

What a difference a year makes. In the space of a week in October 2014, Cratloe made history when they won the Clare senior hurling and football titles becoming the first Clare club to achieve such a feat of winning both in the same year on the field of play. [doptg id=”79″] Just under twelve months on they have been stripped of both titles in the space of seven days, both defeats coming at the quarter final stage. At rain swept Cusack Park today, Sunday, they lost their bid for a third senior football title in a row when they went under to Clondegad. And there can be no arguments as to the merit of Clondegad’s victory over the champions who started  brightly and raced into a three point lead in the opening quarter. Indeed they had a few chances to have increased this lead but failed to capitalise Gradually Clondegad got a grip on proceedings and when they half …

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Man dies in Ballyea farm accident

THE  man in his fifties, killed in a tragic farm accident near Ballyea, has been named locally as Gerry O’Connell. Shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night, Gardaí and emergency services were called to the farm where Mr O’Connell had suffered fatal injuries in the incident, believed to have involved a tractor and trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The area was sealed off pending the arrival this morning of the Health and Safety Authority who will commence their own investigation. The deceased man is well known in GAA circles and one of his son’s, Gearóid is a member of the Clare U-21 hurling team that faces Wexford next week in the All-Ireland final in Thurles. Another son Paddy is very prominent with the Ballyea hurling and Clondegad football clubs. Pending confirmation of the funeral arrangements, it is unlikely that Clondegad’s senior football championship quarter-final game with Kilmurry Ibrickane and their junior ‘A’ championship play-off game with Lissycasey, both …

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Shane Brennan under pressure from Paddy Maguirein their Division 4 National Football League game at Miltown Malbay.

Three quarter final places filled

By Seamus Hayes Clondegad, Miltown and Doonbeg booked their places in the quarter finals of the Clare senior football championship with confortable victories over Lissycasey, St. Senans and St. Josephs on Saturday evening. Billed as the tie of the round, the meeting of fellow parishioners Clondegad and Lissycasey at Cusack Park failed to live up to expectations. A strong performance by Shane Brennan inspired Clondegad to a marited five point win. Goals in the space of four minutes shortly before half time provded decisive. Tean captain Brian Carigg scored the first from the penalty spot while Podge McMahon quickly followed with the second as the Ballynacally based outfit opened a 2-5 to 0-6 half time lead. Lissycasey had the opening three points of the second half which suggested a rally but the winners regained control and were still five points ahead when the final whistle sounded, 2-10 to 0-11. Fresh from their giant killing act of the opening round when …

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3,000 games and still counting for Flan

August 2, 2014, was a special day in the life of GAA referee Flan O’Reilly. When he travelled to Clonlara to take charge of the Intermediate Hurling Championship tie between Smith O’Brien’s and Meelick, he knew it was a landmark game in his refereeing career. Saturday’s outing marked Flan’s 3,000th match as ‘the man in the middle’. “I had refereed a number of games for the South Clare Divisional Board in 1992 before I started to keep a record. The first game that I recorded was a junior hurling fixture between Sixmilebridge and Parteen in early 1993. It ended in a draw,” the Cratloe clubman told The Clare Champion this week. Having reached this significant milestone in his refereeing career, Flan said he has no plans to retire. In fact, since taking charge of his 3000th match, he has refereed another couple of games and as he spoke on Wednesday, he was preparing for another assignment later that evening. “Jim …

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