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Collins likely to opt for hurling

While he is adamant that he has not made any announcement as to his plans for 2017, social media is rampant this Monday morning that Podge Collins will concentrate on hurling at inter county level in 2017. “I haven’t made any announcement as my focus is on getting back to full fitness”, the Cratloe man said today. He is presently concentrating on gym work three or four nights a week and is understood to have indicated to Clare GAA officials that he will be sticking with hurling at inter county level. Some weeks ago the Bank of Ireland official confirmed that he would only be playing one code in 2017 but at the time he said he would not say which until his domestic season with Cratloe was over. In 2015 Collins only played football at inter county level after the then Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald ruled that he would not have any dual players on the squad. Fitzgerald …

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

Two changes to football team for replay

There are two changes in personnel on the Clare senior football team for Saturday’s first round championship replay with Waterford at Dungarvan from that which started in the drawn game in Ennis last week. As expected, Shane Brennan is retained and he takes over from the unavailable Podge Collins who will be with the hurlers this week for their Munster championship semi-final against Cork on Sunday. Brennan is named at full forward with David Tubridy moving to the corner where Collins started last week. The other change is also in attack where Meelick’s Barry Hartnett, brother of full back Kevin, takes over from Jamie Malone. Sean Collins who, like his brother Paodge is also a member of the senior hurling panel, is available to the footballers for Saturday’s game. The team is: Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Dean Ryan (Éire Óg), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Gordon Kelly (Miltown), Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg); Gary Brennan (Clondegad) captain, Shane …

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Concertina convention comes to town

by Peter O’Connell THE first staging of the National Concertina Convention (Consairtín) will be held in Ennis this weekend.  The festival directors are concertina player and teacher Tim Collins along with Áine Hensey, who is also very involved in the traditional arts in Clare. “It’s a new music festival on the music landscape of Clare,” Tim said. “It’s about capturing the colossal interest in the instrument, not just in Clare anymore. In the last 20 or 30 years the concertina has become a very popular instrument right across the country and beyond. “Áine Hensey and I felt that the time was right to bring an international festival to Ennis that would capture the interest in the instrument. We have a broad weekend planned including a mixture of teaching and a lot of performances,” he added. The festival will be officially opened by Jurgen Suttner on Friday at 7.30pm in the Old Ground Hotel. “There are lectures as well each day …

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