*Aidan McCarthy breaks through a Miltown wall of Cormac Murray, Conor Cleary and Euan Reidy. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill. It was only the first round but one wouldn’t have known it by the intensity and tension that enveloped the air in Cusack Park on Saturday evening as neighbours St Joseph’s Miltown and Kilmurry Ibrickane played out …
Clarecastle secured the first underage silverware of 2021 on Monday evening in what was a thrilling Under 15A Hurling Shield Final with neighbours Éire Óg that would go all the way to extra-time before prevailing by the minimum on home soil at 2-19 to 2-18.
*Clare’s Fidelma Marrinan with Leitrim’s Claire Qwens. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography It’s back to the drawing board for a shellshocked Clare after suffering their third successive opening round defeat in Ballinasloe this afternoon at the hands of a never-say-die Leitrim.
*Sean Doyle. Photograph: Ruth Griffin Clare U20 hurling boss Sean Doyle is under no illusions that his side have a lot to work to get through if they are to upset Limerick in the Munster semi-final on Monday night.
Following a debut season as coach in 2020, Evan Talty’s elevation to the managerial hot-seat of Clare ladies football is matched by heightened ambition for this year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Championship.
*Niamh O’Dea. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill Embroiled in a Group of Death for camogie and a welcome Group of Life for ladies football, there’s no room for error on either front for Niamh O’Dea and Co. this weekend.