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Plenty of talking points as football title race begins

First round action in the race for the senior football championship title provided plenty of talking points over the weekend. From a major melee at half time in the opening game at Hennessy park in Miltown to three sendings off in the Cratloe v Kilmurry-Ibrickane game at Lissycasey, patrons had plenty of issues for debate not to mention the surprise defeats for Eire Og and Lissycasey. [doptg id=”76″] It’s expected that Clare GAA will conduct an investigation into the disgraceful scenes at Miltown as the Eire Og and Ennistymon teams made their way to the dressing rooms. There were no indications during the opening half that a nasty free for all was about to develop but players, mentors and some spectators were involved in the disgraceful incident which marred what was an otherwise very sporting occasion. Goals win games and Ennistymon scored three on their way to a two point win over a fancied Ennis side. The North Clare men …

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Ennis a hub of activity

FOOTBALL and hurling fans going to the All-Ireland qualifiers double-header in Cusack Park on Saturday evening will get a flavour of the annual Ennis Street Festival, while crowning a great weekend in the town will be the Clare County Show in the Showgrounds on Sunday. There will be a number of road closures on Saturday as Superintendent Brendan McDonagh explained. “We would ask people to avoid the town centre if they’re going by car, as the streets will be closed from Saturday lunchtime until 6pm. “We would ask people who are going to the matches to arrive early and to watch where they’re parking, not to block entries or park near roundabouts.” The streets will become a hub for children and adults to explore their artistic side and experience many different events over the weekend, with children’s workshops, poetry, theatre, visual arts, comedy, art exhibitions, street entertainment, music and dance. Thousands are also expected to attend the Clare County Show, …

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Division 5 title for Killimer

The first of the season’s adult GAA competitions concluded when Killimer defeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane to capture the division 5 football title at Doonbeg. In doing so they avenged a one point defeat suffered in the opening round. The new champions showed a lot of improvement throughout the league and were convincing winners of the title when they scored a 2-15 to 0-8 success Elsewhere a number of the domestic leagues moved closer to conclusion. Kilmihil will play O’Currys for the division 6 football title this weekend after they managed a one point win over Ml. Cusacks. In the division 3 football league, Corofin sealed a place in the final and promotion to division 2 for next season when they recorded a 0-11 to 0-6 win over Coolmeen on Sunday. On Saturday evening, Liscannor secored a semi-final spot with a two point win over St. Senans, Kilkee who will be their opponents in the semi-final. Liscannor need to beat St.Breckans to secure …

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Division 5 play off places filled

The way is clear for the play off stage of the division 5 football league. In the last game in the league section of the competition, Kilrush defeated hitherto undefeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Kilrush last evening, Friday. That win for the shams has earned them a semi-final spot against their near neighbours Killimer who will have home advantage as they finished in second place. Kilmurry-Ibrickane await the winners in the final. Meanwhile, Clondegad are safely through to the final of the division 4 competition. They concluded their campaign with a three point win over Ml. Cusacks at Gleann Chiosog on Friday evening. The outcome of the game between Eire Og and Ballyvaughan at Ballyvaughan on this Sunday will determine the semi-finalists. In division 6, Kilmihl and O’Currys are safely through to the play offs. With one round of games to be played in both division 1 and 2, there will be a lot at stake in those games. Clondegad and Kilmurry-Ibrickane, …

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Primary pupils taste ‘field of dreams’

Young hurlers and footballers from across Munster will get an early taste of their own “field of dreams’ as they line out in this year’s Munster GAA Primary Games. This weekend, the Shannon Airport sponsored initiative will see pupils of Clare and Limerick schools go head to head in both football and hurling at half time in championship games.The format in both codes is 11-a-side. The young footballers will be first into the fray at Cusack Park in Ennis on Saturday evening, as Clare play hosts to Limerick, in a home and away arrangement. On Sunday, Semple Stadium in Thurles will be the venue for the eagerly awaited Clare v Limerick Munster Hurling Championship first round game. Again at half-time, pupils from the respective counties will entertain what is expected to be a large crowd. The county jerseys that will be worn in the half-time in the Primary Games were unveiled as two key figures in Sundays hurling championship, John Conlon …

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Clare title for Lisdoonvarna

Mary Immaculate College, Lisdoonvarna 3-9 Ennistymon CBS 2-9 North Clare neighbours and rivals Mary Immaculate College Lisdoonvarna and Ennistymon CBS produced a most entertaining hour’s football at a well appointed Corofin on Friday morning when they clashed in the final of the Clare colleges senior football championship. [doptg id=”67″]When Pat Cosgrove sounded the final whistle, Mary Immaculate College were deservingly in front of their neighbours who went into the game as favourites. Having hit 2-5 without reply in a fifteen minute spell in the opening half, Ennistymon CBS looked set to justify favouritism as they opened an eight point lead. However, the Lisdoonvarna outfit put in a strong finish to the half hitting 2-1 in the closing five minutes to trail by just the minimum with wind advantage to come. Ennistymon will point to missed chances in the opening half as a reason for this loss and while it was certainly a factor, the winners were the better balanced side …

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O’Halloran joins Clare football panel

Davy O’Halloran, who left the Clare hurling panel in controversial circumstances a few weeks ago, has accepted an invitation to join the county senior football panel. He linked up with the squad this week as they resumed training, having taken a week’s break after the conclusion of their league campaign recently, a campaign that ended with Clare retaining Division 3 status for next season. Together with the O’Connell brothers, Nicky and Cathal, the All-Ireland U-21 medal winner was disciplined for a breach of the senior hurlers’ strict code of conduct. Both O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell opted to leave the hurling panel as a result. Football manager Colm Collins confirmed that O’Halloran is now part of the football panel. “He is an excellent footballer and worthy of his place in the squad,” the Cratloe team boss commented. O’Halloran played at centre-forward for Éire Óg last season, when they progressed through the championship to the final, where they went under to Cratloe. …

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Bank holiday Cusack cup ties

ROUND two of The Clare Champion-sponsored Cusack Cup will take place on Monday at four venues, with all games throwing in at 2pm. In Doonaha, O’Curry’s will host Kilmurry-Ibrickane, who are on the trail of their fifth successive title. O’Curry’s were beaten by Clondegad in their opening game, while Kilmurry defeated Lissycasey by a point. Home advantage will help O’Curry’s but Kilmurry will still be favourites to pick up their second win of the campaign. In Lissycasey, the home club host neighbours Clondegad. Lissycasey are under a bit more pressure to get a result, given that they lost their opening game, albeit very narrowly. Clondegad are already on two points and another win would put them in a good position to push for a place in the semi-final at least. While this is a tricky one to call, Clondegad will start as marginal favourites in this all-parish derby. Elsewhere, Doonbeg host Miltown, who drew their opening game with Cooraclare. Doonbeg …

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