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Ennis RFC U16s sweep Kerry opposition aside

ENNNIS U16s showed their mettle as they outscored Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne 29-0 in the second half of their Pan Munster Phase Two clash winning the game 39-14, writes Ivan Smyth. On what was an extremely windy day with the occasional hail shower, conditions were certainly not ideal. Ennis managed to adapt quickly and some physical carries from Caoimhin Enright and Michael Sweeney created gaps in the Dingle defense which Jacob Cassen Rennie exploited as he crashed over for Ennis’s first try.  The Kerry side struck back through their pack with some strong carries leading to a converted try. Both seams swapped scores again before half time with Nicolis Roos muscling his way over for the visitors and a quick reply from Dingle saw the half finish 14 – 10 in their favour.  Ennis started the second half just like the first with Seán Queally and Odhrán Flynn leading a very hard working pack around the field constantly stretching the Dingle defense. Roos …

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Ennis RFC U16s just denied in Munster league semi-final

ENNIS RFC 10 BRUFF 14 ENNIS RFC’s under 16s came up just short in their North Munster League semi-final against a physical Bruff outfit, writes Ivan Smyth. The Clare side enjoyed home advantage but it was they who were forced to absorb some early pressure as the Limerick lads laid siege to their 22. However, Ennis kept their discipline and managed to wrestle momentum before enjoying a dominant period of their own. An Odhran Flynn penalty helped them gain the lead. The game was very physical with both of these sides aware of the prize on offer, a place in the final against Shannon. Neither side were able to trouble the scoreboard again as Ennis led 3-0 at half time. Both of these outfits had shown before this game that they were capable of troubling the opposition tryline. Ennis beat Newcastle West 30-5 in their quarter final while Bruff secured a 31-17 win against Garryowen. The Limerick side crossed the …

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Tributes pour in for much loved Clare lifeguard

THE tragic death of a young Doora-Barefield lifeguard while he was surfing off the West Clare coast has sent shock waves throughout the county. Glowing tributes have been paid from Clare lifeguards, Doora-Barefield GAA club, Ennis RFC and others who experienced a cloud of “devastating grief” following the passing of Fionn O’Brien, Knockanean, Tulla Road, Ennis, on Monday. Ennis Parish Priest, Fr Tom Ryan, recalled last Monday a cloud of “devastating grief” descended on the Doora-Barefield parish, the town of Ennis, communities throughout Clare and on many young people who knew or were part of Fionn’s life. “I have heard very kind and genuine words about Fionn over the last few days. He was a good young man, a swimmer, lifeguard, water enthusiast and an accomplished hurler and footballer with his beloved club St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield. “There are occasions in life when no words seem appropriate, when we enter total sadness and desolation. “We are numbed and speechless since news …

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Ennis player selected in Ireland U/18 sevens squad

Chisom Ugwueru of Ennis RFC is one of twelve players named in the Ireland Under 18 Sevens side to compete in Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Jarocin, Poland this weekend.  Chisom is one of two Musnter players selected. This is the final competition for the Ireland U-18 Women’s Sevens squad this season and forms part of the Women’s Sevens Development pathway for this group. They have been drawn in Pool C and will play against Georgia, Latvia and Scotland.  They played in the Home Nations Tournament last month where they finished in third place. Live streaming is available on www.rugbyeurope.tv. The full squad is as follows: Chisom Ugwueru (Ennis/Munster) Grace Browne Moran (Westport/Connacht) Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht) Capt Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht) Leah Reilly (Navan/Leinster) Kate Farrell McCabe (Gorey/Leinster) Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster) Amanda McQuade (Virginia/Ulster) Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster) Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster) India Daley (Enniskillen/ Ulster) Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)

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Shay remembered as “forever young, forever our warrior”

ENNIS teenager Shay Moloney will be remembered by his family as “forever young, forever our warrior, forever our hero”, his funeral mass was told. The 15 year old was laid to rest on Monday after tragically losing his life in a swimming accident along with is friend Jack Kenneally, who he had desperately tried to save. Ennis Cathedral was packed to capacity as mourners, including friends from St Flannan’s College and Ennis Rugby Club, gathered to say their final goodbyes at the emotional ceremony. His uncle Louis Moloney, speaking on behalf of the family, told those gathered, “What can you say about a young man who only had 15 years of his life. The answer is a lot, too much to mention here. Shay crammed more into his 15 years than most do in a lifetime.” He described his nephew as “a character in every sense of the word, with a bubbly personality and a cheeky grin for everybody. There …

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Ennis 16s bidding for All-Ireland rugby title

Ennis RFC will travel en masse to Mullingar on Saturday to watch the U-16s vie for All-Ireland honours against Tullow from County Carlow. The boys have reached this stage of the competition on the back of an unbeaten run over the past two years in Munster, winning both U-14 and U-15 honours. ike a number of his fellow mentors, Butler grew up following the fortunes of Ennis RFC. His late father, Tony, played for the club’s junior team and served in a variety of positions in the executive. “Like a number of the other coaches in the club, I grew up going to games in the old showgrounds every week and developed an interest in the game from there,” said Butler, who recalled the work done at underage level by the likes of Jackie Morris, Joe Moloney, Malcom Lewis and Michael Considine to mention some. “They were very involved in the underage structure, which has expanded a lot in recent …

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Ennis students play at Thomond Park

THE past couple of months has seen plenty of activity at St Anne’s Special School in Ennis. As part of an Xcessible Youth Sport Initiative, the school has teamed up with Ennis Rugby Club to introduce tag rugby to some of their students. The initiative was held under the auspices of Munster Rugby and culminated with students and staff heading to Thomond Park to take on other schools who have also taken part in the programme throughout Munster. Donal McMahon was charged with running the programme on behalf of the local rugby club and had nothing but praise for all involved. “I was amazed at the enthusiasm and the skills which the students showed during the initiative. They were so quick to pick up the basic techniques and, obviously, enjoyed the programme. We had lots of fun and it was a hugely enjoyable project to be associated with. “Ennis Rugby Club has always been pro-active in teaming up with charities …

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