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Clare golfers to tee off in LA Special Olympics

TWO Clare-based athletes are busy preparing for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles next July. Seventy-two-year-old Patrick Rutherford is very excited to have been selected as a playing partner for 29-year-old Paul Kirrane from Ennis. Apart from being “shocked and surprised” at being selected for the games, Patrick is also “very happy”. “At my age it is marvelous,” he said. With seven centrally planned events, Patrick won’t be taking his foot off the pedal and will be training four times a month at Ennis Golf Club. Not content with just playing golf, which he has been doing for over 25 years, Patrick also enjoys triathlons and athletics. When he’s not on the golf course or completing triathlons, widower Patrick is kept busy with his family of two sons and six grandchildren. Paul is very excited to be competing in this year’s Special Olympics as part of Team Ireland. The moment Paul heard the news that he had been …

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Three Clare athletes make Transplant Team Ireland

THREE Clare athletes will travel to Krakow, Poland next month as part of Transplant Team Ireland in the eight European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships. Kidney transplant recipients Marie O’Connor from Moynore North, Lahinch and Eoghan O’Neill from Granaham, Newmarket on Fergus together with former international tennis table player of the 80s, Mary Sheehan from Ballykeelaun, Parteen are looking forward to participating in the games. Marie joined some other members of the 34 strong Irish team for a motivational talk with Dublin football manager Jim Gavin last weekend. Marie O’Connor will be competing in the 50-59 age category in field long jump, 100m and 200m race, 4 x 100m relay race, Petanque doubles and golf. Eoghan O’Neill will compete in the 30-39 age category in golf, swimming – freestyle 50m, freestyle relay 4 x 50m, swimming medley relay 4 x 50m, track and field in 200m race and 4 x 100m relay while Mary Sheehan, in the 50-59 years age …

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