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Scariff are crowned intermediate champions for 2020

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Scariff have been crowned intermediate hurling champions after deservingly emerging victorious against Tubber on Sunday evening.

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Tubber & Scariff meet in intermediate decider for first time since 1976

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Tubber and Scariff meet in the Clare IHC final on Sunday for the first time since 1976, Seamus Hayes traces back to their last meeting in the decider and recalls the occasion with Matt Waters.

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Scanlan hoping to keep up family appearances of bringing county titles back to Scariff

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Reinvigorated by the youthful additions in recent seasons, the experienced heads in the Scariff line up will play a critical role in Sunday’s intermediate final, none more so than captain Michael Scanlan.

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IHC FINAL PREVIEW – Long awaited return to senior the prize for Tubber or Scariff

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There’s one glaring difference between Sunday’s finalists and the remainder of the clubs who have been relegated since the senior championship overhaul in 2014.

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Tubber anxious to rectify intermediate final record

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Part of a backroom team with Iarla Tannion, John Clancy, Ivan Conway, Matthew Fitzsimon and Mike Finn, selector Eoin Ruane is hoping that past final experiences can stand to Tubber in their Intermediate Final showdown with Scariff.

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Scariff determined to succeed in the present to inspire bright future

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Reaching the final of the Clare intermediate hurling championship has not happened as quickly as clicking one’s fingers, it’s why they will savour the build-up to the occasion and aim to make their outing a memorable one for the right reasons.

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Scariff prevail over Smith O’Briens in epic intermediate encounter

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Sheer necessity finally inched a determined Scariff over the line as they relievedly made it third time lucky to cement a first Intermediate Hurling Final appearance in 38 years following an epic heavyweight derby bout with a truly gallant Smith O’Brien’s in Sixmilebridge on Sunday evening.

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Keeping games behind closed doors fuelling social isolation in Clare

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As Clare prepares for a bumper sporting weekend, increasing calls are being made for restrictions on games being held by closed doors to be lifted.

Clare camogie’s showpiece annual event is fixed for Saturday with the senior championship final pitting favourites Inagh/Kilnamona against Newmarket-on-Fergus while throughout the weekend eagerly awaited semi-finals in the Clare SHC, SFC, IHC and IFC are down for decision. The county Junior B football final between St Breckans and Shannon Gaels is scheduled to proceed on Friday evening.

Government guidelines on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), dictate that supporters be they long-serving club members, players’ family and friends cannot attend any of the ties.

It comes despite Professor Pete Lunn of the ESRI Behavioural Research Unit telling Monday’s Department of Health press briefing that findings on confirmed cases of COVID-19 highlighted that meeting outdoors “makes a big difference” in combatting the virus. “Getting outdoors and having social interactions outdoors reduces the risk more than the public think it does,” he stated.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, Chair of the Oireachtas COVID-19 committee, Michael McNamara (IND) outlined that the ‘behind closed doors’ stance was a further example of mixed-messaging from the Government and NPHET. “People should meet outdoors but not meet outdoors, people aren’t going to meet in the stand in Cusack Park if there isn’t a match on. The whole thing seems to me to be increasingly devoid of coherence”.

Deputy McNamara added, “We’ve been told all along that outdoor meetings are safer than indoor ones, that’s why the sudden decision at the end of August to ban all spectators at GAA games and other types of games came as a surprise to me. Obviously I had expected that there would be greatly reduced capacities and the sort of thing like a full house in Croke Park was not something I was expecting but to not let a couple of hundred people could go into Cusack Park to see teams play in a county final is a very big surprise”.

With “a long Northern European winter” approaching, the Scariff native highlighted that a sense of social isolation is already creeping into rural communities. “Matches were one of the places that people would always meet, why they didn’t allow bars to serve outdoors is beyond me, that is what they started with in every European country. COVID-19 is obviously a risk but it’s not the only risk to people’s health and wellbeing. We are social beings, they seem to completely neglect the societal implications and the implications on people’s sense of well being and their mental health is taking a hammering”.

Manager of the Sixmilebridge senior hurlers, Tim Crowe told The Clare Echo that members of their backroom team have been unable to attend knockout ties due to the 40 person limit. “The minute the game starts there is so much interaction you don’t miss it,” the 2019 Clare SHC winning manager said of the absence of the crowd.

When Éire Óg played their opening game of the Clare SHC, Cllr Pat Daly (FF) received one of the 50 tickets on behalf of the club. When they play their first semi-final since 2003, he will be forced to watch a live stream. He described the continued rule as “absolutely ridiculous” and outlined that social distancing of “at least 200 people” can be safely maintained at Cusack Park

“Between 50-70 people are allowed in Penneys at the same time yet crowds aren’t allowed across the road in Cusack Park where there is a much bigger capacity, it is crazy stuff,” Cllr Daly told The Clare Echo. “I’ve been going to matches for the last 50 years, I never missed a championship match that Éire Óg played and here we are in a county semi-final and I can’t go, I’ve missed the Cratloe and Feakle matches, it’s my first time missing matches and there are hundreds of people like me”.

Lahinch based Fr Enda Glynn admitted that not being able to travel to games has been “very difficult”. “I’ve been going to Cusack Park since 1955, I remember seeing Jimmy Smyth score five goals and five points against Westmeath when I was about six years of age. I always feel that walking to Cusack Park from the Queens Hotel you’re almost in communion with all the supporters and hurlers that have walked down there since the founding of the GAA. There have been many magic moments in Cusack Park, it is a special place. I love going to the club matches, to miss that is a huge change, there would have been so many great matches there”.

Fr Glynn praised Clare GAA for the innovative streaming product which he has viewed weekly. “I know they say the open air is the safest place to be but the virus is very rampant at the moment and it is increasing in Clare. Health of the people is a supreme virtue”.

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Cornelia brings war on plastic to Tulla

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A shop window in Tulla has become the quintessential component in the war on plastic and packaged goods within the town.

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Scariff facility is one of Ireland’s major storage units of PPE

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A site that was previously home to one of East Clare’s largest employers is now being utilised as one of the country’s “major” storage units of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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