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Cooney says nation’s health is top priority

CLARE GAA County Board chairman Joe Cooney has said the nation’s health must be the number one priority when it comes to a decision on the resumption of any sporting activities. His clear statement comes ahead of a special GAA congress, to be held remotely, on this Friday to propose decision-making flexibility to for a variation in competition structures, if required, in advance of resuming games. Clare GAA will be represented at what could be termed a “personal distancing conference” by the board’s Central Council representative Simon Moroney. In a statement, the GAA at national level said it acknowledges the Government announcement of the extension of current restrictions until May 5 and its impact on the scheduling of sporting events and working practices, and “has factored the extension of the arrangements into its contingency planning”.  Club activity remains suspended until May 5 and the senior inter-county championships, scheduled to begin in May, will be postponed until further clarity on the current situation …

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Club fixtures to go ahead

  ROUND 2 of the Clare senior hurling championship will go ahead as scheduled this weekend after the clubs of Clare rejected an appeal from senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald to have the games postponed. At a specially convened meeting at GAA headquarters in Clareabbey last evening, board chairman Michael McDonagh called on all present to conduct a good debate before saying that he didn’t want any divisions. He said he was not going to allow the players to get involved and the meeting was called folowing a request from the senior management to have the round 2 games deferred. Crusheen manager John Carmody read a statement to the meeting on behalf of a number of club managers. He said that club hurling managers representing Newmarket, Inagh-Kilnamona, Cratloe, Crusheen, Kilmaley, Clooney-Quin, Clarecastle, Ballyea, Eire Og, Tubber and Tulla  had met at the West County on the previous evening. Earlier on Tuesday they had spoken with representatives of Clonlara and Whitegate. “All …

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Special GAA meeting to decide on fixtures

  A special meeting of Clare GAA this Tuesday night at Clareabbey at 8p.m. will decide whether or not to proceed with the round 2 senior hurling championship games which are scheduled for this weekend. By rule, senior inter county players are entitled to be free from games for 13 days prior to a championship fixture. There is a 50-50 chance that Clare will be in action in the Qualifiers on Saturday/Sunday week but it won’t be known until next Monday which weekend Clare will be playing. It is understood that a request has been made to Clare GAA on behalf of the players to have the club fixtures deferred. A number of clubs, however, have indicated to the board that they want the games to go ahead this weekend. A meeting of club managers took place on Monday night where a majority are understood to have voted in favour of the club fixtures going ahead as scheduled this weekend. …

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Fixtures dilemma

By Seamus Hayes LAST Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling draw has left the county’s domestic fixtures schedule in turmoil. Paying tribute to the county senior squad and the management under Davy Fitzgerald, county board chairman Michael McDonagh told a special meeting of Clare GAA on Tuesday night, “We have a plan but it will mean sacrifices and if these aren’t made then there is a different dilemna. We can get there”. Padraic Boland, a member of the committee that drew up the masters fixture plan back in February, told delegates that completing the domestic competitions in time for the provincial championship depends on which clubs progress and on co-operation. “It has to be taken round by round and clubs will have to accept short notice,” he added. County secretary Pat Fitzgerald noted, “Every game will have to be played to a conclusion. It will take a lot of sacrifices if we are to meet the deadline. With the senior hurling, our …

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