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St Flannan’s to face Cashel when defence of Harty Cup begins

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*Diarmuid Cahill will be part of the St Flannan’s attack. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

St Flannan’s College will face an away knockout clash when they begin their defence of the Dr. Harty Cup while Rice College and Ennistymon CBS are to meet in three different competitions.

In March, St Flannan’s College won the prestigious provincial schools competition for a twenty second time. The Ennis school had qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals but their involvement in the Croke Cup was disappointingly cut short as GAA officials decide to pull the competition on account of COVID-19.

A new knockout format is in place for the upcoming Harty campaign. St Flannan’s have been paired against Tipperary side, Cashel Community School in the opening round. St Joseph’s Tulla who reached the quarter-finals last year where they were defeated by Flannan’s have received a bye in the opening round.

Limerick school Ard Scoil Rís who are expected to have members of the Sixmilebridge club on their panel will face St Colmans Fermoy in their first outing. The first round is scheduled to commence on December 9th.

An away tie is also on the cards for the Flannan’s footballers in the Corn Uí Mhuirí. They will make the journey to Cork to take on De La Salle Macroom in another knockout encounter on December 2nd.

Scariff Community College have been handed a bye to the last sixteen stage of the Corn Risteard Uí Mhathúna (Senior C Hurling) where they will meet the winners of St Joseph’s Borrisoleigh versus Crescent Comp. Two Clare schools will face off in the first round with Rice College set to do battle with Ennistymon CBS on November 25th, the prize for the winner is a clash with St Caimin’s of Shannon.

Rice College and Ennistymon CBS will renew rivalries in the Corn Sheáin Uí Mhurchú (Senior C Football). The schools will meet in the last sixteen stage (second round) on December 2nd.

St Anne’s Killaloe have been drawn against Tipperary’s Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in the first round of the Corn Sheáin Uí hAnragáin (Senior D hurling). A win for the East Clare school would see them progress to the quarter-finals.

Should they overcome Coláiste Chiaráin of Croom in the Corn Sheáin Uí Mhaolomhnaigh (Senior D football), St Anne’s will set up a clash with St Caimin’s in the second round (last sixteen). Two Clare clashes are confirmed in the first round with Mary Immaculate College of Lisdoonvarna meeting St John Bosco Community College of Kildysart while Kilrush CBS will face off with St Josephs of Spanish Point, both of which take place on November 18th.

A further Clare clash awaits in the Senior E hurling with Ennistymon Vocational School drawn against St Patricks Comprehensive of Shannon in the first round, their fixture is set for November 25th. The Shannon school also face Clare opponents in the Senior E Football, they take on Ennis Community College on November 18th with the winner securing a tie with St Michaels Community College of Kilmihil.

After receiving a bye in the first round, Kilkee Community College face Ennistymon Vocational School in the last 32 of the Senior E Football on December 2nd.

Lining out in the Corn Aodh Uí Dhudha (U15A hurling), St Flannan’s College meet rivals Ard Scoil Rís in the quarter-finals on September 23rd. Rice College and St Joseph’s Tulla will face off in the Corn Réamainn Uí hÓgáin (U15B hurling) with the winner setting up a last sixteen clash with Abbey CBS.

In the Corn Shéamais Mhic Ghabhann (U15C hurling), Scariff Community College and Ennistymon CBS go toe to toe on September 23rd with the victor advancing to meet St Caimin’s in the last 32. A bye sees St Anne’s Killaloe wait in the last thirty two of the Corn Chaoimhín Uí Mhearáin (U15D hurling) on October 7th.

St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart face Ennis Community College in the U15E hurling to try set up a last sixteen joust with Newport.

St Flannan’s will also compete in the Corn an Bhráthair Choilm (U15A football). On September 16th, they have a quarter-final with Highschool Clonmel. Once again, Ennistymon CBS and Rice College will cross swords, their Corn Éamainn Uí Mháirtín (U15C football) clash takes place on September 16th.

Clare schools are pooled in the one side of the draw in the Corn Mháirtín Mhic Chonmara (U15D football). St Caimin’s have a bye into the last sixteen where they will meet Limerick or Tipperary opponents on September 30th. On the same date, Kilrush CBS will meet the winners of St Josephs Spanish Point versus Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna.

Likewise in the U15E Football, the Clare sides are kept in the one side of the competition. Kilkee and Ennistymon Vocational School meet in the first round with the winner to clash with St Patricks Comprehensive. Ennis Community College will meet St Michael’s of Kilmihil in the first round on September 16th.

East Clare sides St Joseph’s Tulla and Scariff Community College have been paired against each other in the first round of the Corn Shéamais Uí Dhonnchú (U16.5B hurling) with the winner to take on Rice College. St Flannan’s College will host De La Salle of Waterford in the Corn an Rianaigh (U16.5A hurling).

Ennistymon is set to host the Corn an Dara Uí Dhonabháin (U16.5C hurling) clash of Ennistymon CBS and St Caimins at the beginning of March. On the same date, March 3rd St Anne’s Killaloe take on St Mary’s Newport in the Corn Chiaráin Uí Dhrisceoil (U16.5D hurling). St Patrick’s Comprehensive will compete with John Bosco’s of Kildysart to play Mungret CC in the last sixteen of the U16.5 E hurling championship.

Having received a bye to the quarter-finals of the Corn an Fhriúnaigh (U16.5 A football), St Flannan’s College are sixty minutes from a last four clash, to get there they must overcome Hamilton HS of Bandon on March 10th.

Three Clare clashes are guaranteed in the Corn Roibeard Uí Bhuachalla (U16.5C football). First up Ennistymon CBS renew rivalries with St Joseph’s of Spanish Point while Kilrush CBS get acquainted with Rice College, the winner of either tie are to play one another in the last sixteen.

With four Clare schools in the Corn Seosamh Uí Néill (U16.5D football), there will be just two standing when the second round is held. St Caimin’s battle off with Kildysart as Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna try to negotiate their way past St Anne’s of Killaloe.

Finally in the U16.5 E football campaign, St Patrick’s Comprehensive are drawn against Ennis Community College while Kilkee take on Ennistymon Vocational School with the winner earning a tie with St Michael’s of Kilmihil.

Dr Harty Cup 2020/21:
Cashel Community School v St Flannan’s
St. Francis College V Our Lady’s Templemore
Causeway Comp v De La Salle Waterford
Ardscoil Ris V St. Colmans Fermoy
Blackwater CS V Thurles CBS
Nenagh CBS V Midleton CBS
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AGV CBC
St Josephs Tulla bye

Corn Uí Mhuirí draw 20/21
Mercy Mounthawk V St Francis College
SP Rathmore bye
PS Chorcha Dhuibhne v Hamilton HS
De La Salle MacroomV St Flannans
Col Chriost Ri V Col Choilm
IS Killorglinv St Brendans
Highschool ClonmelV Clonakilty CC
Tralee CBS Bye

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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