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Martyrs remembered as Scariff hurlers take on Killaloe

HISTORY, culture, sport and memory were combined in Sixmilebridge last weekend, when both Scariff and Smith O’Brien’s intermediate hurlers wore black armbands to mark the centenary of the Scariff Martyrs, who were murdered by British Crown Forces on Killaloe Bridge in November 1920. The idea was proposed by the East Clare Memorial Committee, as part of their Scariff Martyrs 100 programme of commemorative events. The group have been commemorating the Scariff Martyrs, Alphie Rodgers, Michael ‘Brud’ McMahon, Martin Gildea and Michael Egan for many decades and are currently finalising plans for the 100th anniversary. According to the historian, Tomás Mac Conmara, who is part of the Memorial Committee, the unique encounter between Scariff and Killaloe, both areas so closely related to the story, presented a unique opportunity. “Our aim is to create as much awareness as possible of the Scariff Martyr’s story and its context in the War of Independence,” Dr MacConmara said. “It was unique that Killaloe and Scariff …

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Clare handball celebrates All-Ireland success

Clare handball is celebrating a magnificent All-Ireland double this Saturday evening. At Kingscourt in Cavan this afternoon Diarmaid Nash (Tuamgraney) and Colin Crehan (Kilkishen) captured the senior doubles 40 x 20 title when they defeated the holders Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan from Cavan. This was a repeat of last year’s final which the Cavan pair won but this time they had to settle for the runners up spot as the Clare pair turned in a superb display The holders won the opening game 21-15 but Nash and Crehan levelled the contest with a 21-14 second game win. In the tie break third game the Claremen were always in control and won on a 21-3 scoreline bot bring this title to Clare for the first time since 1979 when the Kirby brothers from Tuamgraney were champions. Earlier this afternoon Mark Rodgers (Tuamgraney) and Tiernan Agnew (Kilkishen) teamed up to win the minor doubles title at the expense of Kilkenny’s Eoin …

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