*John Conlon. Photograph: Martin Connolly Clare’s senior hurlers will be the county’s first side in competitive action this year when they make the trip to Antrim over the weekend.
Countless milestones, memories and gatherings were taken from our reach in 2020 but once again sport came up trumps in providing joy and solace with many organisations also leading the way when it came local community responses during the pandemic, Head of Sport Páraic McMahon dishes out the gongs in the inaugural Clare Echo Sporting Awards.
Clare needed to be six or seven points ahead at half time in Monday’s Munster under 20 hurling championship quarter final clash with title holders Tipperary as there was a strong breeze blowing down the field.
Leaders will be required in abundance as Clare prepare to take on Limerick in Sunday’s Munster SHC qualifier, David Fitzgerald is hopeful to be chief among them for the men in saffron and blue.
Two members of Clare’s All-Ireland winning team of 2013 have departed Brian Lohan’s senior hurling panel while three of the most promising young hurlers in the county have joined the squad.