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Rampant Clare on the verge of promotion

Clare 1-20 Longford 1-9 AN outstanding display of point taking helped the Clare footballers to a comprehensive win over Longford in Ennis on Sunday afternoon. This eleven point win, played in front of a disappointingly small crowd of 1,226, has taken Clare to the verge of promotion to division 2 for the 2017 season. They play already promoted Kildare away on Sunday. Clare sit on eight points currently, two points behind Kildare and two ahead of Tipperary, Offaly and Sligo, all of whom are tied on six points. Clare might even win promotion if they lose to Kildare but a draw would guarantee it. Having started tentatively, Clare ended up leading narrowly, 1-7 to 0-6 at at half time. They played into the wind in the opening half and along with their opponents, Clare were slow to settle. Longford’s Michael Quinn goaled in the sixth minute for the opening score of the half, following a Barry McKeon pass after Clare …

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Improvement needed against Longford

DIVISION 3 has emerged as a particularly congested and unpredictable league this season. With just two rounds left to play, the only team that cannot be relegated in Kildare. They are on eight points from five matches followed by four teams on six points including Clare and Longford, who meet in Cusack Park on Sunday. Tipperary and Offaly also sit on six points, which leaves five teams, including Kildare, vying for the two promotion places. Clare’s three wins have been achieved against the bottom-three teams, Limerick, Westmeath and Sligo, while they have lost away to Tipperary and Offaly. This weekend’s game is a very significant one on several fronts. The winner will be potentially one game away from promotion, while the loser could, in a worst-case scenario, end up relegated. Clare will play Kildare away in their final league fixture and definitely do not want to have to travel looking for a win to ensure their divisional status. If Clare …

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Footballers exit championship after very disappointing display

Longford 2-12 Clare 1-12 THE Clare footballers exited the All-Ireland qualifiers following a very disappointing loss to Longford in Cusack Park on Saturday evening. The kicking of 12 wides was a huge factor in Clare’s demise. However they also made poor decisions on the ball, conceded scoreable frees and generally did not look as sharp as Longford, who were slicker and much more economical in possession. Following a season of progress in 2014, where they won promotion and played five championship games, 2015 will go down as a year in which Clare stood still, albeit they did retain their division 3 status. However championship wise, while they beat Limerick in Ennis, they have since lost heavily to Cork and now at home to Longford. Jack Sheedy’s team were reduced to 14 men when Diarmuid Masterson was sent off on a second yellow card 12 minutes from time but the extra man seemed to make no discernible difference. Dessie Reynold’s second …

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Tubridy named to face Longford

Having missed most of the season due to a troublesome groin injury, Doonbeg’s David Tubridy is back in the Clare senior football team and has been named to start at full forward on Saturday evening against Longford in Clare’s opening game in the qualifiers. The sharpshooter’s inclusion is the only change to the side which lined out against Cork in the Munster semi-final. He replaces Cooraclare’s Rory Donnelly in the full forward line. There is further good news for Clare with both Shane McGrath and Enda Coughlan named amongst the substitutes having recovered from the injuries which saw them miss the game with Cork. Both are expected to play at some stage on Saturday. The team is; Joe Hayes (Lissycasey); Ciaran Russell (Eire Og), Kevin Hartnett (Meelick), Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), Gordon Kelly (Miltown), Dean Ryan (Eire Og); Gary Brennan (Clondegad) captain, Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen); Sean Collins (Cratloe), Jamie Malone (Corofin), Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); Eoin Cleary (Miltown), David …

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A Cusack Park double header for Clare

Clare will have home advantage in their first outings in the All-Ireland  hurling and football qualifiers and the games are expected to form a double header at Cusack Park in Ennis on Saturday week, July 4. The hurlers will take on Offaly, while the footballers will also face Leinster opposition, having been drawn against Longford. Following their disappointing loss to Limerick in the Munster championship quarter final some weeks ago, the Clare hurlers will be fancied to return to winning ways against an Offaly side that suffered a shock loss to Laois in the Leinster championship. The footballers also disappointed in their Munster semi-final date with Cork last week. They will be hoping to have at least some of the players who missed that game due to injury back in the side for the visit of Longford, who defeated Carlow in a first round qualifier tie on Saturday last. Confirmation of the times of these fixtures will be available following …

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Clare fifth in personal injuries awards league

Clare is the fifth highest in the national rankings of personal injury awards per head of population, for the first half of this year. During the first six months of 2014, the total compensation awarded to personal injury claimants by the Injuries Board increased by 22% to €144 million, according to a mid-year analysis undertaken by the board. The increase was largely attributable to a natural time lag between the spike in claims over recent years and the resolution of those claims. By 2013 the increase in new claims had begun to level off and this trend has continued in to 2014 with claims volumes declining 1.3% in the eight months to August. Average compensation remained relatively unchanged at just over €22,000. As fifth in the national ranking of awards per head of population, 168 awards were made to Clare claimants in the first six months of the year with a total value of €3.6m. The average award was €21,463. …

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