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Corofin crowned intermediate champions

Beaten finalists twelve months ago, Corofin have bounced back to win the intermediate football title. At sunny Hennessy Park in Miltown on Saturday afternoon, their ability to score goals proved too much for Kilmihil who led by the minimum margin at the mid point. The winners goals came from John Keane (2), Luke O’Loughlin and Damian Ryan and sealed a merited win which has earned them the right to represent Clare in the Provincial championship and they will begin this campaign in November. Meanwhile, Miltown St. Josephs booked their place in this season’s Clare senior football championshio final with a two goal victory over St. Breckans in the first of this year’s semi-finals, played in beautiful conditions at Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon. A superb performance from Eoin Cleary played a key role in the Miltown side’s victory on a day when the Lisdoonvarna outfit made the better start racing into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after ten minutes. However …

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Miltown man captains u-21 hurlers

History will be made this Wednesday evening when a Miltown Malbay man will captain a Clare under 21 hurling championship team for the first time. Conor Cleary, who plays his club hurling with Kilmaley, will lead Clare from centre back when they face Waterford in the Provincial semi-final. The team includes just one member of the county senior side which lost to Cork last week. Shane O’Donnell, full forward in the senior team, has been named at corner forward for Wednesday’s game as the Banner outfit sets out in search of a fourth successive Munster title. Donal Moloney is the team manager and this year he is assisted by Sean McMahon St. Josephs, Peter Casey (St. Breckans), Kevin O’Grady (Beagh), Kieran Corcoran (Broadford) and Barry Fitzpatrick from Monaleen who is in charge of strength and conditioning. The team is Keith Hogan (Clooney-Quin); Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), Shane O’Brien (Clonlara); Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley) Conor Cleary (Miltown) Captain, Ben O’Gorman …

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Hayes back after career threatening injury

BEFORE leaving the field at Miltown on Sunday, Joe Hayes journeyed towards his Wexford counterpart, Shane Roche, where they traded a few words that only goalkeepers are allowed in on. Ironically, it’s probably only the man defending the other net that can fully appreciate it when his opponent at the far end either saves a certain goal or worse, lets a soft one in. Goalkeepers spend a lot of time on their own, even during games and when the game-ceasing whistle blasts, they generally seek each other out. Just 12 months ago, Hayes endured a spell when it seemed that his days guarding the Clare football goalmouth were behind him. A hip operation didn’t initially heal as envisaged and the prognosis was somewhat bleak. “I suppose my career was in the balance. I didn’t know whether I was going to get back or would I ever get back to where I was. I missed out on the promotion. It was great …

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Lovely Old Miltown on display

A HUGE amount of old photographs, postcards, articles from newspapers and other memorabilia is going on display at SuperValu in Miltown Malbay from March 30 to April 6. Most of the material comes from the late Kathleen Kelly and her son, Cyril and daughter-in law-Patsy now have her archive. “Cyril’s mother Kathleen used to take an awful lot of photographs so we have all of those and we decided to let the public see them,” said Kathleen. One magazine article from the 1930s will be on show. “Malachy Hynes was a journalist from Miltown Malbay and he wrote an article for a travel magazine. He wrote about four places and I have a picture of the four of those. It’s laminated and there’s the writing in the middle and the four photographs around it,” said Kathleen. There is also a programme from the 1945 West Clare Show, at which there were 663 entrants and one from the Clonbony races of …

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Bad night for U-21 footballers in Miltown

By Seamus Hayes IT was a bad night for Clare football at Miltown on Wednesday evening, as the U-21 footballers suffered a heavy defeat to Tipperary in the Munster championship semi-final. All-Ireland minor champions three years ago, Tipperary went into the game with the favourites’ tag but not even their most ardent of supporters expected this tie to be so one-sided. Clare were, to put it simply, outclassed by a visiting side that scored all but a point of their tally from play, whereas Clare could only manage two scores from play. In front of an attendance of 624 at Hennessy Park, Clare went into the half-time break trailing by four points. The writing was on the wall as they had just played with the aid of a very strong wind but had failed to make any real impression on the favourites, who kicked some impressive scores. Tipperary were by far the livelier side and used the ball much better. …

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Miltown’s challenge fades after bright start

By Seamus Hayes Clyda Rovers, Cork 0-10 Miltown St.Josephs 0-7 An impressive start at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick on Saturday suggested that Miltown’s dream of becoming the first Clare club won win the Munster intermediate football championship title might be realised. However, after landing four points in the first six minutes, they didn’t score again in the half and, in fact, had to wait until the twelfth minute of the second half, all of thirty six minutes for their next score. In between the Cork champions had kicked eight points, six of which came in the first half at the end of which they were 0-6 to 0-4 in front. The greater experienced, patience and superior physical strength of the men from Mourne Abbey near Mallow proved too much for the Clare champions and there is no disputing their victory on a day when one of their best performers was recently appointed Clare senior coach, Paudie Kissane.     Things looked …

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Cleary cleans up as Miltown prepare for final showdown

EOIN Cleary had the look of a man who needed a power-hose to remove the stains of battle from his frame. Caked from head to foot in the residue of his own field and soaked to the skin, Cleary wasn’t concerned about that. Yet to re-enter the Miltown dressing room, he was on a lifetime high. “Words can’t describe it. On our own pitch with the crowd behind us, it’s the best day of my life to be honest. With your family and friends, this is just unbelievable,” is how he put it. “The whole town is behind us. Twelve months ago, we were fighting relegation and there wasn’t a sinner in Cooraclare. To have the whole town behind us is unbelievable,” Cleary marvelled. The supply of ball into Cleary and his attacking partner, Seánie Malone, helped them to wreak havoc at stages throughout the game. Although Cleary, jokingly, suggested he is getting bored with Seánie following him around all …

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Miltown men deliver Munster final appearance

St Joseph’s Miltown 1-8 Currow (Kerry) 1-7 STEELY resolve, ice-cool temperament and bouts of flowing football edged Miltown Malbay into the Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship final on Sunday week. Playing in front of a crowd of 1,050 people in Miltown, the home club started superbly and led 0-6 to 0-0 after 23 minutes. While the Kerry intermediate champions kicked six wides in the opening half, they could not match Miltown’s fluency, support play and all-round work rate for all but the last seven minutes of the half. Deploying Eoin Curtin as an extra defender worked exceptionally well for Miltown. Curtin’s reading of the game in the opening half was flawless. He cut out several Currow through balls and afforded his full-back line reliable protection, while Curtin’s distribution and support play was also very impressive on a difficult day for football, considering the weekend rainfall and tricky breeze. Down field, Eoin Cleary showed his class in the third minute when …

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