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‘If you had children you would want them to be like those lads’

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On Sunday, Patrick O’Connor will aim to become the first Clareman since Anthony Daly to lead his county to a Munster senior hurling championship, the prestige of being captain is not lost on the corner back. In June, the Banner side that won back to back League titles in 1977 and 1978 were honoured with…

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McNamara to consider political future

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Cllr Tom McNamara is to take some time before deciding whether he will contest the 2019 local elections. On Friday, the Fianna Fáil councillor passed on the mayoral chains to Cllr Michael Begley. Reflecting back on the past twelve months, he said “I had a good year, I really enjoyed it, I love serving people…

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Criticism of ‘soft’ 2013 All-Ireland didn’t annoy Podge

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In 2013 when Clare stormed to only their fourth All-Ireland senior hurling title, the electricity generated by corner forward Podge Collins was one of the many ways in which they lit up the hurling world. This year has been a challenging one for the Cratloe attacker, he’s had to adjust to making his impact from…

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Co Agricultural Show has ‘nearly everything’ including big screens for Munster Final

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This Sunday the 114th annual Clare Agricultural Show takes place at Ennis Showgrounds. Gates open at 8am with show jumping the first event on the timetable and that commences at 10am. Organisers are hopeful that the recent good weather runs through until after the Show at least. Chairperson Joe Lillis maintains that the prize fund…

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Martin Donnelly comes on board as new sponsor of Clare soccer

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Martin Donnelly has been announced as the new sponsor of the Clare District Soccer League in a three year deal. Chairman Oliver Fitzpatrick confirmed the deal at Monday’s AGM which took place at The Auburn Lodge. A native of Cooraclare, Donnelly has sponsored Clare teams in hurling, gaelic football, camogie and ladies football. He formerly…

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Cathaoirleach determined new role won’t cost his seat

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Clare’s first citizen is hopeful the new role won’t put his seat at jeopardy for next year’s local elections. Cllr Michael Begley is the new Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. He is “honoured” to have the role. “When you get into politics you can aspire to a lot of things but as I said in…

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Moloney’s two month ban still stands

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Donal Moloney will be prohibited from being on the sideline for Clare’s Munster senior hurling final against Cork. His two month ban has been upheld by the Central Hearings Committee. On Saturday he and David Reidy travelled to Croke Park to appeal their respective bans, while Reidy was successful in getting his suspension rescinded the…

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Conlon & Clare pride themselves on workrate

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John Conlon has been Clare’s star man as they secured their passage to a second Munster final in as many years and the leading light is loving his hurling. “It’s been a fantastic Munster championship, it’s been really enjoyable to play, I think everyone has loved it. It’s enjoyable, it’s been fun, it’s been a…

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Lynch concerned about imbalance created in West & North Clare

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For the next twelve months, Cllr Ian Lynch will serve as the Cathaoirleach of the West Clare Municipal District but he’s worried about the job that awaits his successor. Following the publication of a report by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee the twenty eight seats in the Council be retained and the district of…

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Teresa going the extra mile raising funds for Crumlin

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A Spanish Point cancer survivor will cycle 265km this August to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin. Teresa Morrissey first entered Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin on the August Bank Holiday weekend in 1998 where she was admitted to St. John’s Oncology ward. It became her home having…

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