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Clare unchanged for clash with Cork

The Clare senior hurling team is unchanged for Saturday’s eagerly awaited qualifier clash with Cork at Semple stadium in Thurles (throw in 7p.m.) from the side which easily accounted for Offaly last week With a full squad available, manager Davy Fitzgerald and his selectors have opted to again keep Colm Galvin, recently returned from a spell in the U.S., in the reserves where, this week, he is joined by joint captain Pat Donnellan who missed last week’s win due to suspension. The team named for duty is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); David McInerney (Tulla), Cian Dillon, Capt. (Crusheen), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge): Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Jack Browne (Ballyea): Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea): John Conlon (Clonlara), Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus), Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge): Darach Honan (Clonlara), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg), Conor McGrath (Cratloe). By Seamus Hayes  

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It’s Clare v Cork …again

  Clare will play Cork in round 2 of the hurling qualifier on this Saturday. It’s expected that the game, a repeat of the Al-Ireland final of 2013, will form part of a double header with the Limerick v Dublin tie. Venue and times will be announced after a meeting of the CCC in Croke park this Monday afternoon. Cork, beaten by Waterford in the Provincial semi-final, bounced back into contention with a big win over Wexford at Wexford park on Saturday. Clare and Cork last met at the end of February in the league when Cork emerged with a comfortable 1-24 to 0-17 victory at Pairc Ui Rinn. In 2013 the teams produced two thrilling contests in the All-Ireland final with Clare emerging as winners in a replay By Seamus Hayes  

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Cork ease to 12 point win over injury hit Clare

Cork 1-20 Clare 1-8 THERE is no masking the reality that Clare were easily put away by Cork in Sunday’s Munster semi-final in Pairc Uí Rínn. However what will frustrate Clare is the fact that they spurned at least three reasonably clear cut goal chances. [doptg id=”74″] Gary Brennan, Keelan Sexton and Dean Ryan all had opportunities to net badly needed goals which, at worst, would have helped Clare to keep it competitive. At this level they found that creating those chances is hard enough and they must be taken to have any chance of making a game of it. Instead Cork romped to a 13 point win and a place in the Munster final while Clare won’t have another game for a month, when they enter the All-Ireland qualifiers. Cork led by six points, 0-10 to 0-4 at half time. Ironically Clare could have goaled after just 14 seconds when Gary Brennan won the throw in and playing a …

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Cork manager wary of Clare threat

NOW in his second season managing the Cork senior footballers, Brian Cuthbert insists his charges will not take Clare for granted. However, neither does he think that Cork’s heavy league final defeat to Dublin will weigh on their minds. The Bishopstown club man, who is a primary school principal, says the league final has been long forgotten. “If Sunday’s match was a week after the league final, it might be a factor. But that was seven weeks ago and it’s almost a memory now at this stage. That game would have been put to bed, hopefully, a while back. This is a new competition. We have to go and perform. It’s as simple as that. Certainly I don’t think when it comes to championship, there is a need for beating players with sticks or anything like that,” Cuthbert told The Clare Champion. As a minor, he captained Cork to an All-Ireland title in 1993, scoring a goal in the final. …

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Russell – ‘A lot of progress being made’

ALTHOUGH no longer a member of the inter-county senior football squad, Kilkee’s David Russell continues to play a big role in the development of the game in Clare. Last year he coached Naomh Eoin from the Loop Head peninsula to the Clare Junior Football Championship title and he continues to be in charge of that club as they prepare for this season’s intermediate title race. In addition, he remains a vital player with his beloved St Senan’s, who are challenging strongly to win promotion from Division 3 of the league. Having been a key player in the Clare senior football team for well over a decade, Russell called time on his inter-county career two seasons ago but continues to follow the fortunes of the side and is eagerly looking forward to the team’s clash with Cork. “A lot of progress is being made and keeping Division 3 league status was a massive boost to all, young and old. Getting a …

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Brennan rues the slings and arrows

WHEN a sports person breaks a collarbone, they generally leave it to the professionals to guide them in their recovery. It can get a bit tricky, though, if the sports man nursing a collarbone injury is also a physiotherapist. Clare and Clondegad footballer Shane Brennan earns his living as a physiotherapist. Self-employed at the Clareabbey Primary Health Centre in Clarecastle and working part-time for the HSE, he’s the man to talk to if you break your collarbone. He’s probably not the man to treat you though when he has a broken collarbone himself. “A little bit of knowledge is an awful thing. I would be more aware of certain aches and pains and what they might mean. That leads to me asking a few more questions. I was up with my consultant the other day and I’d say I drove him mad asking questions,” Brennan was honest enough to admit. He broke his right collarbone playing for Clare against Limerick …

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Tragic death of Tulla engineer

People in Tulla have been left devastated by the tragic death of a young civil engineer, according to a local councillor. Councillor Joe Cooney said the death of Cathal Torpey (33) following a traffic accident in Cork had rocked communities in East Clare. The Torpey family is very well known from its involvement in GAA and local groups. His uncle, Brian Torpey, was principal of Tulla National School before he retired. “It is a terrible blow for Tulla and East Clare to see a young man die in the prime of his life. This is a very sad, tragic death,” he said. Tulla GAA Club has extended it deepest sympathy to Cathal’s mother, Margaret; sister, Oonagh; girlfriend, Kate, his family and friends. Before leaving for New Zealand in 2007, Cathal was ever-present on Tulla hurling teams. In fact, he played at wing-forward on the Tulla team that won the Minor A Hurling Championship in 2000. Mr Torpey had attended a …

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Gardai seek missing Whitegate man

Gardaí are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of 25 year- old Kieran Hayes, who is missing.  He is a resident of Whitegate in East Clare and had been staying with a relative in Douglas in Cork City. Kieran was last seen on Monday, April 20 and his family are now very concerned for his well being. He is 6ft tall of slim build and has ginger receding hair. Kieran has a tattoo of a panther on his right shoulder and his name is tattooed on his right forearm. When last seen he was wearing a white jumper and light brown trousers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 4947120.

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