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The Champion Report -Episode 3

THE latest news and views from Clare Champion journalists Carol Byrne and Owen Ryan. This week they discuss the inquest into last May’s double drowning in Ennis, the plight of Shannon Airport, the Kilkee murder trial, LIT opening a Clare campus and the impact of smartphone use on young minds.

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“It’s a different kind of a scene now”

ADJACENT to Shannon Airport’s runway, The Honk Bar is in the rural townland of Rineanna in the parish of Newmarket-on-Fergus. John and Mary Quinlivan run the bar, which has been in John’s family for a couple of hundred years. “We’re the eighth generation here; it’s been in the family the whole time. It would be one of the oldest pubs in the country, definitely one of the oldest in Munster.” Born and reared there himself, John’s brother Pat also ran it, before John took over in 2001. “It’s part of the community. The local Community Alert was set up here; the few meetings that are on would be in here,” he says. It may be relatively isolated but its location close to the airport means it is fairly well known, right around Clare and Limerick. John has been around the bar all his life and says the changes in pub culture have been drastic. “When I was a young fella, …

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Seven up for Newmarket Celtic

Newmarket Celtic A 3 Avenue United A 2 (after extra time) Newmarket are the Clare soccer cup champions for the seventh successive year but for much of this evening’s final at Frank Healy Park in Doora it looked as if they would have to settle for the runners up spot. In the end, however, the experience that Newmarket have gained in recent seasons saw them stage a tremendous rally and an injury time goal levelled the tie at 2-2 and forced extra time. The game was in the last minute of the extra period and fans were asking when the replay was likely when the champions struck for the winner, a score which sparked off great celebrations amongst their loyal fans Two Mark Roche goals in a three minute spell shortly before half time gave Avenue United a 2-0 interval advantage and this was still the position at the three quarter stage. Celtic had introduced Colin Ryan and Colin Smyth, …

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Pike Rovers end Newmarket Celtic’s FAI dream

Pike Rovers 3 Newmarket Celtic 2 (after extra time) Newmarket Celtic’s dream of a first ever FAI junior cup title was shattered by Pike Rovers at the Limerick clubs grounds this afternoon when they lost out by the odd goal in five to the home team. Adding to the disappointment is the fact that Newmarket enjoyed the better of matters for long spells but they will be disappointed with the manner in which they conceded all three goals. The fact that Pike Rovers goalkeeper Gary Neville was named as the man of the match indicates that the Clare side created a lot of chances but they found Neville to be in sparkling form. Two goals down early in the second half, Newmarket faced an uphill battle but, as they have done all year, they refused to give up and two Stephen Kelly goals saw them force extra time. Pike went back in front early in the first period of extra …

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Strong finish earns Champion cup title for Newmarket

Newmarket-on-Fergus 2-9 Sixmilebridge 0-13 Newmarket-om-Fergus were crowned Clare Champion cup champions for the 24th time at Clonlara on Saturday when they defeated their neighbours and arch rivals Sixmilebridge who were chasing the senior championship and league double. In a game in which the sides were level on seven occasions, Newmarket finished strongly, scoring the last three points of the game, to claim the title, their first since 2013 when they completed three in a row. As was the case when the sides met in the championship semi-final back at the end of September, there was little between the sides throughout and, for much of this contest, extra time looked likely. Newmarket’s strong finish, however, ensured that county board chairman Joe Cooney would be handing the cup over to Colin Ryan. Before making the presentation the O’Callaghans Mills man paid a warm tribute to the Clare Champion for their sponsorship of the senior leagues and Ryan also thanked the sponsors noting …

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Neighbours contest Clare Champion Cup Final

TO many GAA followers in the county, the championship semi-final meeting of arch rivals Sixmilebridge and Newmarket was the game of the year, so it’s not surprising that there is a lot of interest in Saturday’s Clare Champion Cup final between the two sides. Even though it is too late in the season to be playing such games, the attractiveness of the pairing should ensure a big crowd in Clonlara for 1pm. After almost two months without a competitive fixture, Newmarket accounted for Kilmaley in the semi-final of the league two weeks ago. Their opponents in the final haven’t had a competitive outing since they bowed out of the Munster club championship last month at the semi-final stage, going down by a point to Ballygunner from Waterford. When the teams clashed in the championship, Sixmilebridge won 3-17 to 2-18, and went on to claim the county title. For much of that game, a draw looked the likely result. The ’Bridge …

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Taaffe lands the winner for Tubber

Tubber 0-13 Newmaret 1-9 Veteran Eamonn Taaffe got what could well prove to be a truly memorable weekend for himself and his club Tubber, off to a great start this Saturday afternoon when he landed the winning point as they captured the junior B championship title at the expense of Newmarket at Gurteen. Clare’s All-Ireland winning medallist from 1995 was his side’s top scorer with 0-6 to his credit, his winning point having come in the first minute of injury time, a score which gave his side the lead for the first time in the tie. Playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half, Newmarket made the better start and raced three points clear inside the opening five minutes. The game was ten minutes old before Tubber opened their account through midfielder Cyril Cunningham and by this time the eventual winners had missed a number of scoring chances from placed balls. As the game progressed Tubber improved …

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Sixmilebridge edge out their neighbours

Sixmilebridge 3-17 Newmarket 2-18 Sixmilebridge are one step away from winning their third Clare senior hurling championship title in five years thanks to this two point win over arch rivals Newmarket at Cusack Park this afternoon. The outcome of this one was in doubt right to the final whistle and few would have complained if the teams had finished on level terms. When Newmarket reflect on this game they will admit that they had enough chances to have at least earned a draw if not win the game. Once again, the strength of the Sixmilebridge panel was evident and the introduction of veteran Niall Gilligan, Clare defender Seadna Morey and teenager Gavin White all helped steer them back to the final after a one year lapse. Carrying the favourites tag Sixmilebridge went into this game without Seadna Morey, a big blow to their hopes. Newmarket made an impressive start with early points from Stephen Kelly and team captain Colin Ryan …

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