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This past year can truly be described as a positive year for the club. The undoubted highlight has to be the claiming of the Intermediate hurling championship over Broadford by St. Joseph’s, which secures senior status for 2017. The team faced Monaleen in the Munster club Intermediate Quarter Final at the Gaelic Grounds and put in a tremendous effort just to fall short in extra time, 2-19 to 3-13. Our Senior Footballers had good success in the league having secured promotion to the Cusack Cup for 2017. They overcame O’Curry’s to capture the Garry Cup on a score of 1-08 to 0-10. One cannot fail to mention our Minor A footballers who put on a magnificent display to win the Minor A title against Eire Og in a comprehensive fashion in front of a large crowd as the curtain raiser to the Senior County Football final. We are always evolving as a club. On the IT front, the new St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield website was launched this year with the ability to pay membership online. This facility will ease the processing of membership applications for 2017 and beyond. The Club Hall, AstroTurf & meeting rooms are continually available for hire and our club shop is open every Wednesday evening and merchandise is available online. It is an option for a good Christmas gift. New dugouts have been installed and more improvements in relation to lighting and tarmac have also occurred which is a credit to all involved.

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Teachtaireacht an Cathaoirleach by Martin Coffey

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adrenaline of new-found confidence, defied the odds and powered home to a famous victory. The sight of so many Parish supporters, old and new, celebrating afterwards was a joy to behold. It truly is ‘not all about winning’ but as Eamon Corry, our magnificent team manager said in our victorious dressing room afterwards when addressing his troops – ‘you may forget a lot of the detail of today but you will never forget the feeling, the feeling of winning!’ Congrats to the entire panel, Eamon and his lieutenants, David Honan, David Hoey, David McCormack and Sean Conroy. A great year for Davy Conroy has been capped with the news that he has been deservedly named ‘Intermediate Hurler of The Year’ in Munster.

Similarly our esteemed PRO and editor of this publication, Cillian Griffey, is ‘out of the traps’ seeking a piece for the Christmas edition. There’s much consolation of course in that it’s a hell of a lot easier to reflect on 2016 in view of the club’s on field successes compared to the relatively barren years that have preceded it. ‘It’s not all about winning’, a mantra widely used to balm the wounds of the vanquished, is one we have grown accustomed to hearing over the past few years. In this context, success, when it surfaces tastes all the sweeter. When this ‘ visitor’ comes not alone but in spades, the joy is unbridled.

Our off field activity has been no less hectic in 2016. Some welcome developments include completion of new Referee’s room, Dug-outs, Entrance lighting and additional tarmac’ed area. I must mention and acknowledge the work of Michael McMahon in particular for planning and co-ordinating these projects. The club’s new Website was also launched during the year and Cillian Griffey and Liam Clohessy along with invaluable support from Michael Byrne of Acton BV were the primary architects of this development. Our other sub-committees, lotto, Astro-turf, Field and Hall, are almost in danger of being taken for granted such is the consistent efficiency of their work, completed as it is, week in, week out without fuss or bother. I must state however that we do need, urgently, more volunteers to give, perhaps as little as an hour or two weekly to keep the Gurteen operation ticking over. Two of our long standing and long suffering foot-soldiers , Jimmy McNamara and Joe McNamara, suffered bouts of illhealth during the year. On behalf of all club members I wish them both well as they return to full fitness!

The club’s Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 16’s in football and hurling captured silverware and I’m sure their exploits are documented elsewhere in this publication. Our Senior footballers, after an unlucky 1st round championship defeat to Cooraclare, staved off relegation with a battling victory over Kilrush and won both promotion and the Garry cup in their final match. Pride of place, in achievement terms must go to our Minor footballers and Intermediate hurlers. The Minor footballers were unstoppable in their march to an A championship win. Their performance against Eire Og on County Final day was stylish and comprehensive, truly befitting the occasion. They were an absolute credit to their mentors, Peader McMahon, Mike Murphy and Kieran Ryan. I should also mention that many of this group played with our Minor hurling team which was desperately unlucky to lose to Kilmaley in the semi- final of the A championship, Our Intermediate hurlers proved what self- belief and determination can achieve. Few observers would have rated them as anything but ‘outsiders’ as the Clare Cup concluded. The one point victory over Ruan was pivotal and seemed to stir the collective blood of the group. Thereafter, they weren’t going to be ‘pushed about’. The final against Broadford was a truly marvellous occasion. Our men, pumped with the

Finally I would thank all club members for your contribution, in whatever manner, to the successful operation of the club in 2016 and I wish you and your families a happy and healthy Christmas and New year. Martin Coffey Chairman

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Senior Club Report by Cillian Griffey

Clare Champion Cup 1B Hurling Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

26-Mar

Gurteen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

1-11

Parteen

3-10

09-Apr

Clarecastle

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-10

Clarecastle

3-25

16-Apr

Sixmilebridge

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-14

Sixmilebridge

2-14

24-Apr

Ballyea

Loss

St. Joseph’s

1-08

Ballyea

1-20

02-May

Gurteen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-12

Wolfe Tones

1-19

15-May

Gurteen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-14

Tubber

0-22

28-May

Tulla

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-13

Tulla

1-18

11-June

Gurteen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-13

Clooney Quin

3-23

07-Aug

Gurteen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-16

Eire Og

4-17

Training started early for the Intermediate hurlers in their quest to return to the top flight of Clare hurling once again. For 2016 they were under the stewardship of Eamonn Corry, David Honan, David Hoey and David McCormack. The Clare Champion Cup did not prove successful with nine games played and nine losses. However the contrast to Championship was huge and real credit must go to management and the players for keeping the spirits up after such a torrid league campaign.

Intermediate Hurling Championship 2016 Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

15-May

Tubber

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-14

Tubber

0-22

20-Aug

Newmarket

Win

St. Joseph’s

0-20

Ruan

2-13

03-Sept

Eire Og

Win

St. Joseph’s

W/O

Newmarket

0-00

18-Sept

Tulla

Win

St. Joseph’s

2-14

Smith O’Briens

1-15

01-Oct

Shannon

Win Semi

St. Joseph’s

2-11

Sixmilebridge

0-13

15-Oct

Cusack Park

Win Final

St. Joseph’s

1-12

Broadford

0-10

Munster Intermediate Club Quarter Final 22-Oct

Gaelic Grounds

Loss AET

St. Joseph’s

3-13

Monaleen

2-21

From the above, there is a marked contrast to the league performance. This team have huge potential and the club have every confidence in this team and management to build on the success of 2016 and bring this into 2017 and senior hurling once again.

Photo By John Kelly

Intermediate Champions

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St. Joseph’s crowned INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield overcame Broadford to win the Clare Intermediate Hurling Championship and secure their return to the senior ranks for 2017.

St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 1-12 Broadford 0-10 at Cusack Park After a long two years at Intermediate level, St. Joseph’s have bounced back and they did so in remarkable fashion to ensure they will kickstart 2017 at Senior level once again. Broadford had the better of starts in the opening half but their opponents never let them push too far ahead. Broadford opened the scoring with a fine effort from long range. Further points followed which kept them in the lead but David Conroy with three points and one from Tom Hannan kept the Broadford outfit under pressure. Leo Duggan and David Conroy pointed to reduce the gap to the minimum at the break.

Photos by Martin Connolly

Alan O’Neill hit the net from a penalty but he crossed the 21m line when taking the penalty so his effort was disallowed by referee Johnny Healy.

frees. Broadford will know scoring three points in any half is never going to win a game and they found out the hard way. St. Joseph’s now march on in Munster where they will face Monaleen at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

A strong second half from The Parish proved to be very important. St. Joseph’s outscored their opponents 7-2 with one of those scores being from Alan O’Neill as he fielded the ball at full-forward before kicking the sliotar to the back of Alan McMahon’s net.

St. Joseph’s: Paul Madden, Marty O’Regan, Brian Clancy, Kevin Meaney, Jarlath Colleran, Aaron Landy, Jack Hannon, Kevin Dilleen, Davy Conroy (0-08, 5 free’s), Tom Hannon (01), Alan O’Neill (1-1), Caimin O’Connor, Brian Guilfoyle, Leo Duggan (0-1), Arthur Rogers (0-1). Subs: Niall DeLoughrey for Guilfoyle (52mins), Ion Lyons for Duggan (63 mins)

David Conroy was in top form yet again especially from placed balls firing over four frees in the second half. He finished with a tally of eight points, six of which came from

Munster club outing ends in defeat after extra time The sides were level on four occasions in that first half but goals in the 10th and 20th minutes had the Clare side ahead.

This Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship had to be brought to Extra time to separate St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield and Limerick Champions Monaleen. 

The only score of the final 10-minutes was a Davy Conroy point to leave the Clare side three points clear at the break.

Monaleen 2-21 St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 3-13 Venue: Gaelic Grounds

The Half time score in the Munster Club Intermediate Quarter Final was Monaleen 0-8 St. Joseph’s 2-5 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave raised a green flag for Monaleen on the thirty ninth minute. St. Joseph’s responded through a penalty from Alan O’Neill which hit the back of the net at the other end.

Tom Hannan was a towering strength with a tally of 2-03 which had the Parish ahead in the opening thirty minutes as they led 2-05 to 0-08 at the end of the first half. Monaleen had played with the aid of the gentle breeze in the first half.

On the change of ends, points from a Conroy free and another from Hannan moved St. Joseph’s 2-7 to 0-8 clear.

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O’Neill and sub Niall DeLoughrey added points and St. Joseph’s were five points clear entering the final quarter. But St. Joseph’s weren’t to score in the final 25-minutes of action – including almost eight minutes of injury time. The final five points went to Monaleen to force extra time. Monaleen continued to dominate in extra time with four successive scores to move 1-19 to 3-9 clear. Finally after 32-minutes without a score Davy Conroy had St. Joseph’s back on the scoresheet. When O’Neill added another it was 1-19 to 3-11 at half time in extra time. It was a two-point lead for Monaleen heading into the second period of extra time. At the start of the second half Ger Collins goaled after 27-seconds and that was good enough to get Monaleen through.

The Parish achieved their main goal in returning to the senior ranks, a long run in Munster would have been ideal preparation for the 2017 Clare SHC but they will be content nonetheless to be back in the top grade.

While they failed to see out this game in normal time

Junior A Hurling Championship Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

09-July

Bodyke

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-09

Ogonnelloe

4-13

25-July

Clareabbey

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-06

O’Callaghan’s 1-14 Mills

7-Aug

Eire Og

Loss

St. Joseph’s

1-06

Kilmaley

1-13

17-Sept

Ruan

Relegation Play-off

St. Joseph’s

0-04

Eire Og

0-13

2-Oct

Ruan

Relegation

St. Joseph’s

1-06

Crusheen

7-16

The Junior Hurlers did not have a great year. They lost all of their Championship matches and were subsequently relegated.

St. Joseph’s: Niall Duggan, Alan Woods, Peter Dilleen, Declan Meehan, Kevin Harrington, Ben Baker, Shane O’Grady, Conor Lyons, Ian Lyons, Barry Millane, Damian Kennedy, Rory O’Connor, Darren Griffin, Paul Dullaghan & John Kennedy. Subs: Don Barron for Ion Lyons. Lyons for O’Connor.

The Kilmaley game was a crucial one but it wasn’t to be and Kilmaley moved into the play-off stage of the Junior A Hurling Championship while in the process sending St. Joseph’s crashing out of the competition and into the relegation play-off. Tommy Barry scored the goal for the winners. The team on that day was:

The management of the Junior hurler for 2016 was Kevin Kennedy and Sean Conroy.

Junior B Championship Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

10-July

Eire Og

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-10

Kilmaley

0-11

23-July

Eire Og

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-09

Tubber

4-20

07-Aug

Clooney

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-05

Feakle

4-15

The Junior B’s under the guidance of Bob Mulqueen, Kevin Kennedy and Sean Conroy didn’t have a very successful year. The league consisted of 6 games in which one of those was a win. St. Joseph’s defeated Tulla on the 8th of May on a score line of 2-11 to 1-10. This proved to be their only win of the year.

In the Championship, the Parish fell to Kilmaley, Tubber and Feakle by fairly high margins with the exception of the Kilmaley match. Their first match of the season took place on April 3rd in Ruan against Ruan. The following is the match report;

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On a damp and soft underfoot pitch at Ruan, this was the Junior B’s first outing of the year. The team was made up of a mix of Under 21’s, players who have been training with the Intermediates for the last number of months and those that have just started.

Ruan’s third and final goal made sure they were out of sight. There is certainly positives to be taken from this game as there were certainly constructive aspects of the St. Joseph’s play. The mix of youth and experience complemented each other and this team has strong potential.

The first half was a one-sided affair with Ruan dominating and the defence under pressure. Two goals were conceded which St. Joseph’s found hard to come back from. Before the half ended, John Kennedy came off injured and Kris Currid was introduced.

The final score was 3-11 to 0-08. Team: 1: Gearoid McDonagh, 2: Cillian Griffey, 3: David Morrissey, 4: Shane Galvin, 5: Cian Barron, 6:Ben Baker, 7: Niall Hassett, 8: Cathal Clune, 9: Sean Mulqueen, 10: Cillian Flanagan, 11: John Kennedy, 12: Gearoid Neylon, 13: Adrian Kelly, 14: Paul Mannion, 15: Rory O’Connor.

The half time score was Ruan 2-04, St. Joseph’s 0-02.

Sub: Kris Currid for Kennedy.

St. Joseph’s had the most of the possession in the second half but it was goals that the Parish needed but were not forthcoming. Sean Mulqueen and Cathal Clune were powerhouses in midfield and upfront while Ben Baker, David Morrissey and Cian Barron were strong in defence.

After the 2016 season there is potentially an argument for 2 senior grade teams as opposed to 3 for 2017.

Under 21 B Hurling Championship Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

28-Feb

Corofin

Win

St. Joseph’s

4-17

Parteen/Meelick

0-06

12-Mar

Meelick

Win

St. Joseph’s

0-15

Scariff/Ogonnelloe

0-12

19-Mar

Clooney

Loss Semi

St. Joseph’s

0-08

O’Callaghan’s Mills

1-15

The St. Joseph’s Under 21’s had three outings in February and March with round one consisting of a comprehensive win over Parteen/ Meelick. This led to a quarterfinal place where they ended up beating Scariff/Ogonnelloe on a tighter margin. The semi final was too much for the Parish however who fell to the Mills.

HEARTBREAK for Under 21’s St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield 1-15 O’Callaghan’s Mills 0-08 Clooney was the venue on a crisp Sunday morning for this Under 21’s B Semi Final. Acknowledging the loss of some starting players the full panel of players were willing to step up to the plate. Great credit should go to the Under 21 B & C squads for their commitment at training over the winter months. After a nervous first 5 minutes from St. Joseph’s and a corner forward for the Mill’s being yellow carded, the

first point came O’Callaghan’s Mills way in the shape of Jacob Loughnane. He then got another on the 7-minute mark. David Conroy responded with St. Joseph’s first score on the 10-minute mark and another in the 12th. After 15 minutes played the score was 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of the Mill’s. O’Callaghan’s Mills conceded 6 free’s in 15 minutes and their fouling persisted and a penalty was awarded, taken by David Conroy which was saved. Seamus Nugent was shown a yellow card in the 24th minute and the Mill’s were awarded a penalty, which was calmly dispatched by the full forward. St. Joseph’s earned a 65, which was not converted, and subsequently O’Callaghan’s Mills punished with 2 points in a row. Before the half time break Cathal Ruane pulled one back but the Parish were already in trouble at this stage. The half time score read St. Joseph’s 0-03, O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-06. Something major needed to be said at half time in order to inject something into their play. However the second half started brighter for the Mill’s with two unanswered points. Ciaran O’Halloran went to ground with a bad

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injury but mustered up the courage to continue. A switch was then made by the backroom team, which saw David Clancy’s entrance with Niall Duggan being withdrawn. David Conroy converted a free to keep the score respectable but 4 unanswered Mill’s points spelt disaster for St. Joseph’s. After 12 minutes of the second half it was 1-12 to 0-05 in favour of O’Callaghan’s Mills. A major blow occured when David Conroy got badly injured in a tackle and was forced off after 19 minutes of the second half. Colm Devine came in, in his place. The game petered out and the game wrapped up with a converted free from Cathal Ruane and point from Colm Devine. The final score ended St. Joseph’s 0-08 to O’Callaghan’s Mills 1-15. Some of the statistics from the game are interesting. What was interesting and of note was the number of frees O’Callaghan’s mills conceded in the game. This amounted to 17 compared to St. Joseph’s 7. St. Joseph’s were more disciplined. Total shots from St. Joseph’s was 14 converting 8, that’s a 57% success rate.


Total shots from O’Callaghan’s Mills were 23 converting 16, that’s a 70% success rate. The wide counter read 7 wide’s to O’Callaghan’s Mills and 5 to St. Joseph’s.

The team was; Kevin Moloney, Peter Collins, Eoin Hanrahan, Seamus Nugent, Ciaran O’Halloran, Scott Currid, Ben Baker, Conor O’Brien, Conor Kerins, Cian Barron, David Conroy, Conor Tierney, Ciaran Thynne, Niall Duggan, Cathal Ruane.

It’s a sad end to the campaign but important that the Under 21’s continue to hurl in the run up to the summer and join the Junior and Intermediate panels.

Subs; David Clancy for Niall Duggan, Diarmaid Barron for Ciaran O’Halloran, Sean Mulqueen for

Kieran Thynne, Colm Devine for David Conroy and Gearoid Neylon for Conor O’Brien. It was positive to see the Under 21’s subsequently linking up with the Junior teams to ensure their hurling continued for the rest of the year. The management team consisted of Michael Guilfoyle, Jamesie O’Connor and Ciaran O’Neill.

Photo by Martin Connolly 

Senior Football

St. Joseph’s Senior Footballers line the goal ahead of a late free from Kilrush Shamrocks

Garry Cup Football Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

19-March

Corofin

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-09

Corofin

1-10

28-March

Kilmihil

Win

St. Joseph’s

2-14

Kilmihil

0-07

10-April

Gurteen

Win

St. Joseph’s

1-06

Cooraclare

0-07

17-April

Gurteen

Win

St. Joseph’s

2-08

Kilrush

1-09

23-Apr

Kilkee

Win

St. Joseph’s

2-11

St. Senan’s Kilkee 0-10

30-Apr

Shannon

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-08

Wolfe Tones

2-09

23-Oct

Doonaha

Loss

St. Joseph’s

2-07

O’Curry’s

1-13

31-Oct

Corofin Semi Final

Win

St. Joseph’s

1-11

Corofin

1-09

06-Nov

Cooraclare Final

Win

St. Joseph’s

1-08

O’Curry’s

0-10

St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield 1-08 O’Curry’s 0-10

Of the seven games played by the senior footballers in the league, they won six, lost three getting them to a semi final and then a subsequent final and taking home the silverware.

St. Joseph’s: Niall Duggan, Paudie Nugent, Stephen Collins, Kevin Moloney, Kevin Harrington, Declan Malone, Peter Collins, Kevin Dilleen, Leo Duggan, Tom Hannon, Philip Ryan, David Conroy, David O’Brien, Eoin Hanrahan, Christy O’Brien.

This was achieved through an injury-time point from Alan O’Neill, which made the difference ensuring they finish a difficult year on a high. The game looked destined for a replay for a long time. A long ball from Davy Conroy found O’Neill inside the O’Curry’s 45 and his shot on goal was deflected over the bar by Enda Greene, giving St. Joseph’s the lead for the first time after 61 minutes. St. Joseph’s can take pride in their comeback in the game, which ensured the campaign ended with silverware.

The management for 2016 was Colm Clancy, John Conroy, Morgan Rowland and Kieran Considine.

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Senior Football Championship Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

19-June

Lissycasey

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-07

Cooraclare

1-06

14-Aug

Cratloe

Draw

St. Joseph’s

1-10

Wolfe Tones

1-10

27-Aug

Shannon

Loss

St. Joseph’s

1-12

Eire Og

1-13

11-Sept

Kilmihil

Win

St. Joseph’s

1-10

Kilrush

1-07

Roll of honour leaders in the Clare SFC, Kilrush Shamrocks relegated to the Intermediate ranks.

Clancy kicked five of the final six points to secure the win. Gearoid O’Brien had a late close range free saved on the line as every single one of the Barefield fifteen lined the goal to prevent his shot going in. Their hopes were dented by the late dismissal of Matthew Moloney as tempers flared in an understandably tense encounter.

St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield sent the Shams out of the Senior grade when they recorded a 1-10 1-07 win in Kilmihil. Enda Lyons goaled on the edge of half-time to give the Parish a slender three point advantage at the break. Gearoid O’Brien had previously struck for goal for Kilrush inside the second quarter.

Fight as hard as they could Kilrush struggled to create decent scoring chances when the game was in the melting pot.

Kilrush clawed their way back into it after the resumption with Davy Downes hitting three points in succession to put the sides back on level terms with under ten minutes gone in the second half.

St Josephs Doora/Barefield: Niall Duggan; Paudie Nugent, Kevin Dilleen, Kevin Meaney; Sean Flynn, Declan Malone, Conor O’Brien; Alan O’Neill, Leo Duggan; David O’Brien, Greg Lyons, Enda Lyons; Kevin Harrington, Stephen Collins, Christy O’Brien. Subs: Luke Brannock, Jack Hannon.

Crucially Doora/Barefield under the management of Colm

Junior A Football Junior A Football Championship Division 4 Date

Venue

Win/Loss

Team 1

Score

Team 2

Score

17-Jul

Coolmeen

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-08

Cooraclare

1-16

1-Aug

Kilmihil

Win

St. Joseph’s

3-07

Kilrush

0-12

14-Aug

Shannon

Loss

St. Joseph’s

0-13

Clooney/Quin

2-10

defence. Peter O’Toole scored the second goal after a great ball from Kevin Frehill found him free at the edge of the square. Shortly before half time, Peter Collins made a brilliant solo run and from close to the end line found Liam Clohessy who got the third goal.

Out of seven games played in the league, St. Joseph’s won 2 and lost 5. The wins were achieved against Cooraclare on a score of 5-9 to 1-9 and a walkover awarded to the Parish against Kilmihil last April. On Monday 1st August, St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield faced Kilrush in Round 2 of the Junior Football Championship. St. Joseph’s came out on top in this encounter with goals from Kieran Thynne, Peter O’Toole and Liam Clohessy.

The half- time score was 3-2 to 0-7. With a man advantage, Doora Barefield were expected to control the second half. However, Kilrush really tested the Parish. Johnny O Brien, the Doora-Barefield full forward was superb both from frees and from play to settle the game. The score of the game came when Paul Dullaghan found O’Brien who cut inside his marker and found the target for Doora-Barefield’s 6th point.

Weather didn’t help proceedings but it was Kilrush who registered the first score of the game from a free. Johnny O’Brien was quick to reply with a point from a free for Doora Barefield. Kieran Thynne raised the first green flag of the game, side-footing the ball home from close range. Kilrush were then reduced to 14 players as the referee issued a straight red card as Niall Deloughery burst out of

Final Score: St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 3-07 Kilrush 0-12

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Camogie Report

By Siobhan Hoey

An Cumann Camógaíochta

Under 10’s

It has been an exciting year with significant achievements with the girls winning the Clare Community Games Camogie Final and representing Clare in the Munster Community Games finals where they came away with silver medals.

The Under 10’s performed superbly for the duration of the Go Games blitzes in May, June, July, August and September this year. May saw the girls in maroon and white in Kilkishen where they put in a fine display for their first outing. Two teams were out in force for the June outing in Ballyea with some great performances on the day. The Club also hosted Ruan, Corofin, Inagh/Kilnamona and Kilmaley. The girls again demonstrated their improving skills and came away very proud! The last blitz of the season was in Cratloe on the first weekend in September. No sign of the back to school blues in the Under 10’s as they proceeded to win all their games. Thank you to all the mums and dads who helped out on blitz days and to team mentors Maeve Hoey, Donal Cahill, John O'Connor and Felim O'Coileáin for their hard work all year.

The Feile girls were runners up in the county final and went on to represent Clare in the Regional Feile in Sports HQ in Abbottstown, Dublin. The Minor girls are County B Champions for 2016, the Senior team have retained their senior status for 2017 while in all other age groups the Under 14’s reached the semi final stages of their competition. The Under 15 A girls contested the league final and the Under 16A’s were beaten by the narrowest of margins for a semi final placing. The Under 21 B team got to the final against Clarecastle/Ballyea and the Junior B team reached the final for the first time proving an immensely strong year all in.

Under 11 & Under 12

The Camogie club held their 2015 victory social in the Old Ground Hotel on the 20th February 2016, with special guest eight-time All Ireland Senior hurling medal winner Richie Power from Kilkenny in attandence to present the Under 16 and Intermediate teams with their medals. A great night was had by all.

The trainers for the year were; James O'Connor, Aiden Bohannon and Pauline Butler. The Under 11 Tulla Tournament ran off over successive weeks from the 2nd May to the 6th of June with the girls making it to the semi final against Cratloe which they won. Unfortunately, they lost the final to a very strong Newmarket team but the girls gave it their best shot on the day.

Under 6 & Under 8’s

The Under 12 mini league was played from the 8th June to the 23rd July, with a game every week. The girls played The Banner, Clarecastle, and Eire Óg resulting in wins and lost out to Ballyea. The finals weekend on 23rd July saw the girls without success but again all the girls put in a great effort.

Enid O’Loughlin Tournament The Under 12 year was completed with the annual Enid O’Loughlin tournament in Gurteen in October with visiting teams from The Banner, Scariff/Ogonelloe and Ruan. Gerry O'Loughlin, piper from the Tulla Pipe Band led the teams in a parade before the games began. St. Joseph’s defeated the Banner and Scariff/Ogonnelloe and played Ruan in the final with Ruan coming out on top to win the tournament. It was a most enjoyable sunny morning with fun and games for both parents and players. Thank you to the O'Loughlin family for organising the event and to our referees Hannah Meaney, Orla Hoey and Ann Marie McGann. 

The Under 6 & Under 8 training commenced in mid March and continued every Wednesday 6.30-7.30 and Sunday mornings 11-12. Numbers have increased considerably and the girls are making great progress but most of all they enjoyed the fun element to training and the blitzes throughout the year. Contact Orla O' Neill on 085 7458433 to get involved. Thanks to Ivan Kerins, Aidan Murphy, Carmel Duggan, Josephine Howard, Keith Reynolds and Hannah Meaney for their dedication and help throughout the year.

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Under 13

In the 'B' championship this panel of girls topped their group by winning six out of seven round games and were beaten by just one point in the semi final. It's been a very busy season for the girls and their mentors, the hard work paid off and here's hoping 2017 will be as successful.

Under 15 & Under 16 The Camogie season for the Under 15 and Under 16 teams did not start until July and September respectively for 2016. The teams played in the Under 15 A League and the Under 16 A Championship and Scariff/Ogonnelloe, Tulla/ Bodyke, Feakle/Killlanena, Inagh/Kilnamona and TruaghClonlara were also in the competition.  The final was played in Clooney and Doora/Barefield’s opponents were Inagh/Kilnamona and despite missing some players, the opposition were focused and from the throw-in showed they were in no mood to be second best. They scored a couple of goals in the first five minutes and went on to record a resounding victory. Despite the huge score conceded the players kept trying to the end.

These bunch of Under 13 girls and their mentors Órla Daly and Jamesie O'Connor took to the playing field in late August. After playing five tough round games against Scariff/Ogonelloe, Sixmilebridge, Truagh/Clonlara, Inagh/ Kilnamona and Kilmaley, they found themselves in the 'A' Shield Final for a finish against Truagh/Clonlara who had originally beaten them by five points in the round game. The girls knew they had more to give and in the final they proved themselves well worthy and came out on top with a scoreline of 3-3 to 0-2. Well done to the girls on a great end to the season.

The Under 16 A championship commenced on September 7th. Inagh-Kilnamona and St. Joseph’s had to play a quarter final with the winners advancing to the semi final. The game was played in Gurteen on Sunday 9th October and Inagh-Kilnamona held a seven-point advantage at half time, as the Parish girls did not perform well in the opening half. However in the second half the players showed their determination and were unlucky to lose to Inagh-Kilnamona by a point on a score of 1-12 to 2-8. This ended the season and the mentors Liam, Tony and Beibhinn would like to thank all the players for their commitment. A huge thanks to Trish Towey and Orla Daly for getting the girls ready before games and to the parents for bringing the players to training and matches and for their support throughout the year.

Under 14

Minor

The Under 14 girls and their mentors Órla Daly and Mark Reidy had a superb start to the season when the Community Games Camogie panel won gold in the Clare Community Games competition back in March and duly went on to represent their area and county in the Munster finals in UL in July and came away with silver medals. Úna Ní Choileáin subsequently went on to receive an award for her outstanding performance in this campaign. The Feile Panel also qualified for the Regional Finals in Abbotstown in Dublin in June where they ended up runners up in the county final. It was a great achievement and a first for the club. Unfortunately the results didn't go their way on the day but the girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

The minor trainers for the year were; Martin Moloney, Eamon O'Loughlin and Sarah Hoey. The campaign got off to a great start in April with a comprehensive win over Ruan in the opening round and another victory over neighbours Éire Óg during which the girls worked extremely hard to edge out a well deserved win. With a strong panel of girls

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the most difficult task they had all year was picking a starting 15 for each game.

This put the ladies through to the league semi final against Clarecastle/Ballyea in Shannon. In a closely contested game Clarecastle/Ballyea held on to secure a win by the narrowest of margins on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-6.

They had a comprehensive win over Clooney/Quin in July in what was probably the best performance of the year. They faced Broadford in round four and edged out a victory by the narrowest of margins. Four wins out of four set up a semi final against Clarecastle/Ballyea and following another great performance they ran out winners by 11 points. The final spot had been secured.

The senior championship kicked off with the opening game against Sixmilebridge. The girls put in an impressive performance in their return to senior ranks. It was a close encounter throughout with Sixmilebridge taking the spoils 0-13 to 1-6.

Clooney/Quin were the opponents in the final which took place in Clareabbey. The runaway victory against the same opponents in July became a distant memory as the game turned into a titanic battle. St. Joseph’s dominated the early stages but failed to capitalise on the scoring chances and left the door open for a Clooney/Quin comeback before half time. The second half was a close encounter but the girls ability to dig deep when required shone through again. The final whistle brought a sense of relief followed by great celebrations as they achieved what they had set out to do on those cold and wet January evenings, St. Joseph’s were Minor B County Champions!

Shannon Camogie pitch was the venue for round two and the opponents were Truagh/Clonlara, again another closely contested game with just three points separating the sides at the final whistle 1-11 to 1-8 in Truagh/Clonlara's favour. St. Joseph’s to their credit worked hard throughout with strong displays from Megan O’Brien, Kate Dillon, Aisling McMahon and Louise Woods. The shield semi final against Kilkishen was a regulation game played under lights in Gurteen. A strong performance all round on the night resulted in a well deserved 5-7 to 0-8 win and a place in the Glenomra Shield Final against Truagh/Clonlara on county final day in Clarecastle. Truagh/Clonlara lifted the Glenomra Shield for 2016 by just two points 2-4 to 1-5. The girls and their management of Gerry Woods, Ciaran O'Neill, Michéal McMahon and Mary Whelan (first aid) have put in tremendous time and effort since January with the adult teams, it's a big step up to senior level and great credit is due to all involved in retaining senior status for 2017.

Junior B The junior girls league season got underway at the end of March with a 6-6 to 4-7 win over Wolfe Tones followed by a comprehensive round 2 win over Parteen on the 3rd April. The girls scored their third win in a row a week later accounting for Kilkishen on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-1 in bitterly cold conditions in Gurteen. They lost out to Tulla who subsequently contested the Junior A Championship, but previous results put the girls through to a semi final against Broadford. The homeside were too strong on the day and took the points to book a place in the junior b final

On the fundraising front, the club had a very successful flag day and coffee morning. Club members also volunteered at the Great Limerick Run in turn raising funds for the club. Thank you to sponsors AIB, O'Connell's Pharmacy, Microsemi and the GAA club for generous contributions during the year. Thanks again to everyone who has helped out in any way in the past year, it is very much appreciated. Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous and healthy New Year.

From here in the championship campaign commenced, the first game against Inagh/Kilnamona resulted being awarded the game as Inagh/Kilnamona were unable to field a team. The next opponents were Parteen, but unlike the previous league encounter this was a hard fought game in Parteen in mid September. The girls worked hard and were rewarded with a 2-4 to 2-2 win which saw them through to the junior b final against Clarecastle/Ballyea. Clooney/ Quin was the venue for the final with Clarecastle/Ballyea coming out on top on a 4-9 to 2-5 scoreline.  Well done to everyone for their hard work and effort throughout the year, it was a great achievement to have three adult teams competing in 2016

Senior Round 1 of the Senior B league got off to a flying start with a win over Whitegate 3-17 to 1-7 in early March. Next up was a comprehensive win against Corofin in Gurteen on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-4. Round 3 was an enticing re match of the 2015 intermediate final v Éire Óg on the 16th April with St. Joseph’s coming out convincing winners 4-11 to 0-7

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St. Joseph’s Minor Club

By Liam Clohessy

Under 15

This year was a fantastic year for the Minor Club. The Club can boast having two teams at Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and Minor level this year in hurling.

The final of the Under 15 Hurling took place under lights in Gurteen during the month of October. Ciarán O’Halloran captained the side who were victorious over Ballyea in the final.

Under 13/14 The Under 14 footballers contested the county final this year against a physical Ennistymon team. Unfortunately, they came out the wrong end of the result. However they impressed in the semi-final win over the Banner. A lot of the same panel set sights on the Under 13 Garda Football tournament that was held in Cusack Park. The boys once more faced Ennistymon in the final and this time they came out on the right side of the result and lifted the cup. Comhghairdeas agus gabhaimid buíochas do na tuismitheoirí agus don fhoireann bainistíochta.

Under 16 Our Under 16 hurlers brought home some silverware also, winning the “B” championship final. They defeated Scarriff-Ogonnelloe in a high scoring encounter. The victorious panel is pictured below.

The Under 14 hurlers progressed to the final of the Féile this year after an impressive semi final result against Corofin. They defeated Corofin seven points to one to book a place in the final shortly after against Sixmilebridge. The final took place in Gurteen and the visitors were worthy winners on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-03.

Minor

The Under 14 hurlers were very impressive in championship action too with wins over Ballyea, Corofin, Clooney Quin, Inagh Kilnamona and Clarecastle. However, it was Clooney Quin and Sixmilebridge that advanced to the Under 14 A Final. The Under 14 Shield Final between St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield and neighbours Éire Óg went to a replay in a very high scoring draw but the Parish added another trophy to their collection on the second day notching an impressive 4-06 over the course of the game.

Our minor footballers added another trophy to the cabinet as they overcame Éire Óg in the county Minor A final in Cusack Park. Captain Peter Collins accepted the trophy in what was a super display and comprehensive win for the team. On their path to glory they defeated Kilrush, Ennistymon, Cooraclare, Kilmihil-Kildysart and CrannyCoolmeen. The minor hurlers performed superbly in the Minor A championship this year and were unlucky not to qualify for the final. Their opening match was tricky against a well fancied Kilmaley side. They were narrowly defeated. However, a spirited and never say die performance against Broadford-Killaloe gave the side great confidence. They recorded an excellent win away to Clonlara. The team were narrowly defeated away to Sixmilebridge. In the Quarter Final, the Parish travelled to Bodyke to play O’Callaghan’s Mills/Bodyke. In a memorable game, it took extra time to separate the sides. St. Joseph’s came out on top in what

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was a closely fought, honest, tough game. A week later they faced Kilmaley in the semi-final. In normal time, it looked like St. Joseph’s would get revenge from the previous meeting however they found it difficult to hold out. A Seán Kennedy goal meant the game would go to extra time. Kilmaley finished the stronger and ran out winners on a score of 2-15 to 17 points.

Match Reports and results are available on the website along with relevant pictures from the various games that took place throughout the year. Facebook has also been an important tool. The use of links and pictures have attracted more visits to our club page as well as more likes on social media.

Ladies Football Club President

Dan Keane

Chairperson

Martina Deloughery

Vice Chairperson

Joe Queally

Secretary

Fiona Power

Ass. Secretary

Mhairi Barron

Treasurer

Annette Reidy

Ass. Treasurer

Debbie Lenihan

Registrar

Treas Molloy

Development Officer

Gerry Clarke

Children’s Officer

Ita Hanrahan

Public Relations Officer

Sharon Meaney

Ass. Public Relations Officer:

Eileen McDonagh

By Sharon Meaney

The Under 8’s and Under 6’s hosted 2 blitzes during the year. Encouragement was supplied by coaches Sean Mc Cormack, Regina O’Connell, Brendan McGann, Sinead White, Eileen Mc Donagh, Shona Power, Niamh McDonagh, Sally Molloy and Treas Molloy. Teams travelled from West Clare Gaels, Milltown, Burren Gaels and 2 teams came from Oranmore to Gurteen in October with 50 girls representing the home side of the Under 8’s/Under 6’s.

The Under 6’s trained by Sinead White and Eileen McDonagh had a mini blitz which gave the girls a great opportunity to show off their skills.

2016 has been a year celebrated with success both on and off the pitch for St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield Ladies Football Club, with record numbers of girls attending training; league and championship victories and the recent crowning of our Minor A’s as champions.

The Under 8’s were divided into 4 teams - Pumas, Cheetahs, Lions and Tigers managed by Sean Mc Cormack, Regina O’Connell, Shona Power, Niamh McDonagh, Sally and Treas Molloy. Each girl played to their potential and showed great sportsmanship and enthusiasm providing their loyal supporters with great entertainment.

Combined Football & Camogie Training started in January for the Under 14’s, Under 16’s, Minors & Juniors. It was March before we saw the Under 6’s, Under 8’s, Under 10’s and Under 12’s on the pitches in Gurteen – with high level of enthusiasm in preparation for the upcoming matches and blitzes.

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to dig deep in the second half. Some fantastic displays of football across the field saw the gap widen and the Doora Barefield girls ended up the very worthy winners. The girls all celebrated in The Grove, with the customary goujons and mi-wadi where their trophies were on display. Many thanks from the mentors to a wonderful group of girls who have been outstanding all year – and keep practicing!

The Under 10 football format started with the Go Games during April, May & June. The non competitive format encourages every girl to develop their skills and confidence. The maximum 9-a-side with unlimited subs allows all girls to play their part on the pitch. Many thanks to John Torpey, Martina Deloughery, Joe Queally, Tom Maleady, Jim Willis and Enda O'Flaherty for putting so much effort into this group of girls. The Under 8 team and two Under 10 teams travelled from Roslevan in August to the Munster Under 8/Under 10 girls football blitz hosted by the Knockainey Ladies Football Club. The Doora Barefield girls did themselves proud, playing excellent football with good competitive matches. The Under 8 team played against Knockainey and St. Ailbes while the Under 10 teams played Latin Cullen, Ahane, Fergus Rovers, Monaleen, Listowel Emmets and St. Bridgid’s. There was a huge turnout with in excess of 15 clubs having one or more teams. The girls were on the road again to Croke Park in September to cheer on the Clare Intermediate Ladies Football team in their All Ireland final, stopping off for a match against St. Vincent’s. It was great to see the girls grow in confidence and skills. Well done Under 10’s and remember to keep practicing until training starts again!

There were two Under 14 teams entered into Division 1 and Division 4 mentored by Michael Meaney, Debbie Lenihan, Iomhar Daly, Paul Conway and Deirdre Cahill. The highlight of the season for both teams was their semi-finals played on the same night in Gurteen in July. The Doora Barefield Maroon Team fought a hard physical game against the Banner. A strong defence matched with bravery of the forward line saw a final scoreline of Doora Barefield 3:7 – The Banner 3:6 and a place in the final for the Maroon Team. The Doora Barefield White Team were next on the pitch facing Crusheen. A shaky start saw the White Team trailing at half time, however the second half saw a focused White Team delivering super ball into the forwards while steadfastly defending Aine in goals. The White Team also secured a place in the final with a final score of Doora Barefield 3-1 Crusheen 2-3. Unfortunately neither team brought home the silverware this year. The Maroon Team lost to Cooraclare in the Division 1 Final and the White Team lost to Kildysart in the Division 4 Final. However, the parents and loyal supporters were treated to some fantastic displays of football throughout the year with the Under 14 mentors praising the girls skill, determination and tenacity.

Team mentors for the Under 12’s, Maria O Loughlin, Michael Roughan, James McNamara, Martin Lillis and Trysha Barry have trained in excess of 40 players every week during the year. The League was held first with matches being held in April. Success was to come early with Team Blue winning the Under 12 Mid & West League and Team Saffron winning the Under 12 Mid & South League. The improvement in the young team was visible on the sideline as they entered the Under 12 Championship in August.

Three teams (Lions, Bears & Tigers) were entered in Division 1, Division 3 and Division 4. A highly competitive season ended on a high in October with all three teams winning silverware. The Under 12 Tigers fought hard in their Division C Shield final against Clooney Quin and emerged the winners on a scoreline of 3:6 to 1:5. The Under 12 Bears met Eire Og in their Division D Shield Final and another super performance saw the Bears add another success to the score sheet. The Under 12 Lions met a very strong Kilrush side in the Under 12 A Final and with only a point between the teams at half time, the girls really had

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In the Under 16 Championship, 2 teams were entered. The Under 16 B team reached the Under 16 C Shield final under the guidance of Noel Nagle, Gerry Clarke & Annette Reidy. A young team, with most being underage next year, the girls lost the final against Kilmihil in April. The Under 16 A team also reached a Shield final in May against Kilrush, with mentors Pat Hanrahan, John Power and Annette Reidy providing support and guidance from the sideline. The girls emerged comprehensive winners and were delighted to be crowned Division A Shield winners. The mentors praised the girls commitment to training which was evident with large numbers continuing their training through the summer with the Minor Team.

The Minors had two teams in the Championship. The Minor C team reached the semi-final of the Championship where they met a very strong and experienced Doonbeg side. This was the end of the championship for the Doora Barefield girls, which saw the players improve in skills and confidence. The Minor A girls made history on the 20th November when they emerged victorious over a strong West Clare Gaels team in the Minor A Final. Strong play from both teams saw the game go into extra time, when the fresh legs of the bench ensured that the score lay in the favour of Doora Barefield – by 3 points. This is the first time that Doora Barefield Ladies football club have won the Minor A Competition, with many of the girls on the team being those on the under 12 panel who made history in 2011 when they won the under 12 Championship. Many thanks to the great team of mentors led by Paul Conway who have worked hard with the girls over the past year. 

The Minor & Junior teams had a busy summer under the guidance of Paul Conway, Noel Nagle, Gerry Clake, Pat Hanrahan, Annette Reidy and John Power. There were two Junior teams in the League campaign with the Junior B team qualifying for the Division 4 League Final against Clarecastle in May.

As with any successful club, there is a lot of work behind the scenes and off the pitch. The committee pushed hard on fundraising for 2016, with a Mount Callan Challenge earlier in the year followed by a clothes collection, bag packing and a flag day. All the money raised goes towards ensuring that all the teams are supported in their training and match preparation. 2016 has been a busy year for the players, mentors, parents and committee. We are very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated team of mentors and coaches who enable each player to reach their potential in a fun and well-supported environment.

Doora Barefield got off to a magnificent start with 3 points on the scoreboard in as many minutes. The Doora Barefield defence and midfield were on top of their game keeping Clarecastle scoreless in the first 20 minutes. The half time score was Doora Barefield 3-6 Clarecastle 1-5 with all the Doora Barefield forwards registering scores. There were some great passages of play in the match with all the skills of Ladies Football on show from blocking, fielding, intercepting, kicking and hand passing. The final score was Doora Barefield 7-13 Clarecastle 2-9. In the Championship, there was one team entered, with the Junior A girls topping their group, winning 5 out of the 6 games with the final being against Clooney Quin. A slow start saw the girls trailing at half time Doora Barefield 0:3 Clooney Quin 2:7, however a determined second half performance saw the gap narrow to just three points, with Clooney Quin emerging the winners on a scoreline of Doora Barefield 3:5 to Clooney Quin 3:8.

The Doora Barefield Ladies Football Club Facebook page has continued to post regular updates, photos and match reports and we would encourage you to like & share our page. Wishing all players, parents, mentors and committee members a very Happy Christmas and sincere thank you for all your support during 2016.

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Facilities Committee Report

By Michael McMahon

The following members constitute the Facilities Committee.

It is used also by Doora and Knockanean N.S to facilitate their PE programmes.

John Joe Byrnes, Maria O’Driscoll, Martin Lillis, Mark Reidy, Dan O’Connor and Michael McMahon.

Clare Sports Partnership, Clare Adult Education, The Wheelchair Association and Brothers of Charity all rent it for periods on week days. Childrens’ parties are popular on weekends.

In addition, a team of nine supervise the activities in the hall and astro turf during the year. These are Bernard Hoey, Joe Dilleen, Michael Carmody, Robert Hurley, Peadar O’Loughlin, Noel Stapleton, Dan Keane, J J Byrnes and Michael McMahon.

Day to day maintenance costs are low and to date we have had no repair bills of any significance. The astro turf pitches have been busy again this year, if not quite to the level of the past few years. We carried out some refurbishment on the surface and the fences during the year and they are now in good condition

Bernard Hoey retired from this group this year having served so well since the inception of this project in 1999. Sincere thanks to all.

The hall and astro turf contribute handsomely to club funds as can be seen from the treasurer’s report.

The indoor facilities have been widely used during the year by our own members and teams. It provides a great opportunity to entertain our own and visiting teams and supporters. Our various catering committees do tremendous work in this context and deserve our thanks.

It does require a certain amount of time and effort to manage the facilities,[all on voluntary basis] and if anyone would wish to be involved, even in a small way, he/she would be very welcome.

The meeting rooms are available to our own members and to any of the local community organisations who may need them.

The Club invested some funds in maintaining and upgrading the buildings and surroundings during the year, including: A new referees room , upgrading the hurling wall, extending the tarmac area, new dugouts and cleaning the outer walls of the building. Plans are in place to upgrade the outdoor lighting and also to provide greater security with the installation of more cameras. This should be done before years end.

The gym is confined to our playing members and again is used by many. The hall has been busy again this year. During the winter season our own teams, especially under age, use it regularly.

Again, thanks to all who use and all who help to manage the facilities and a special word of thanks to the members of the C E Scheme without whom we would find it very difficult to manage.

Visiting groups provide a significant income, basketball being by far the most popular.

Secretary’s Report As another busy year comes to a close it is time to reflect on our progress over the past year and plan for the coming year. During the year we fielded teams in Senior and Junior football, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B hurling and Under 21 Hurling and football, which ensured we had a very busy schedule. The Under 21 hurlers were first into competition and after good victories over Meelick/Parteen and Scariff/ Ogonnelloe they came up against O’Callaghan’s Mills in the semi final and with a depleted side due to

By Tommy Duggan

injuries and players away they came up short on the day.

by three points to preserve the Club’s senior status for 2017.

Starting out the year there was high hopes of success for our Senior footballers and after a good league campaign they came up against Cooraclare in the first round of the championship a game they lost narrowly in the end having led for most of the match. They then played Wolfe Tones in the loser’s section and again lost out by a point after extra time, this then meant they played Eire Óg in a relegation game, which they again lost after extra time again by a point. The team now faced a relegation game with Kilrush and after a hard fought game where they showed a lot of character they won

In the league they have had more success and having secured promotion to the Cusack Cup for 2017 they overcame O'Curry's in the Garry Cup final on a score of 1-08 to 0-10.

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The Club’s Intermediate hurlers endured a torrid Clare Cup campaign having lost all their games although a number of them by narrow margins which meant relegation to Division 2 for the coming year, they then fell to Tubber in the first round of the Championship and at this stage we were up against Ruan in the second round a game that had a profound effect on our hurling year and after


Finance Report

and gives the chance of winning a five figure jackpot.

2016 has been a very successful year for the club with the hurlers winning the Intermediate title and the footballers winning the Garry cup. A year is successful when you are training and playing through September and into October.

The club has many different areas of expenditure which are kept under tight control and reviewed at all times. However a club has to spend money on its activities and fund once off projects. We ensure that at all times we obtain value for money.

Playing into October incurs increased costs such as travel, physio, meals, diesel for the generator and playing gear for the panel and it is a great situation to be in. The club executive has to ensure that there are various revenue streams in place to fund this and all other expenditure.

The club is in a very healthy financial position, we have 24 acres of excellent facilities of which we can all be proud. These facilities are paid for; the club is debt free and has funds in the bank. However the 24 acres and the facilities need to be maintained.

St. Joseph’s like all other organisations has to manage its finances to ensure that it has sufficient funds to finance its activities. Finance is just as important to our club as it is to every other body. Without finance no organisation can organise its activities and achieve its goals.

Every club member is justifiably proud of the excellent facilities in Gurteen which are available to all of club members. The Club is proud that children can use these facilities for a minimal annual membership fee and are proud to show them off to visiting clubs. Indeed it is when people go to other clubs that they see how fortunate the Club is.

Where does the club get its money from? The following are the main sources of income.

Members all have a sense of ownership of Gurteen but as previously stated ownership comes at a price albeit a small price of €2 per week, the cost of a weekly club lotto ticket.

- Membership subscriptions both playing and non-playing members. - Weekly Lotto - Sponsorship - Rental of Facilities, field, astro turf & hall

The executive will continue to maintain the financial position of the club to ensure that we have the funds to finance our activities and capital expenditure. Fundraising will have to be undertaken at certain times and we ask you to support this where you can.

The most important revenue stream is the club weekly lotto and I ask everyone where possible to support the lotto. It is now possible to play the lotto every week by signing up on a direct debit form. The form is available on the website or from the Treasurer. The weekly direct debit pays for a weekly lotto ticket and also annual membership of the club a tough battle on a very wet evening in Newmarket On Fergus we emerged with a one point victory. We were then due to play Newmarket in our final group game but unfortunately they were unable to field a team so St. Joseph’s got a walkover. When Tubber beat Ruan this meant St. Joseph’s and Tubber emerged from the group into the quarter finals where the Club overcame Sixmilebridge. Smith O'Briens were our opponents in the semi-final and again after a hard fought battle the Parish came out on top. A County Intermediate Final awaited something that was far from the mind mid summer after so many defeats, could the Club dare to dream of victory. Broadford were the opposition in the County Final and were raging hot favourites having reached the previous years decider.

By Noel Stapleton

As you look around Gurteen you can see the destination of these funds. I ask you to support our efforts wherever possible.

On Saturday 15th of October in ideal conditions St. Joseph’s took to the field with attitude, purpose and determination and out-played Broadford all over the field emerging as winners on a score of 1-12 to 0-10. With little time to prepare for our Munster Club game against Monaleen of Limerick they lost out after extra time with a number of injuries sustained during the game not helping the cause. St. Joseph’s Under 21 footballers took on a combination of Kilfenora/ Liscannor and Michael Cusacks in the first round of the Under 21 A championship and unfortunately lost out but the performance was encouraging as a very young team was fielded so the future looks bright for this group. Congratulations to the Minor A

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footballers on winning the Minor A title in a comprehensive fashion in front of a large crowd as it was the curtain raiser to the Senior County Football final. Congratulations also to our Under 16 and Under 13 hurlers on winning their titles. To our Under 14 and 15 shield successes, congratulations. Great praise should also go to the Under 13,14 and 15 shield finals and Under 16 B final in hurling, the Under 13’s who also won the Garda Tournament in football. Behind the scenes a lot of work goes into coaching and developing our players from a very young age and thanks to all these people for their efforts this past year. As the Christmas season is upon us may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a great sporting year in 2017.


PR and Editorial Comment A key strategic goal for the Club and the culmination of two years of work was achieved this year with the official launch of our new St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield GAA website which can be found at www. doorabarefieldgaa.com. This was an important element of the 5-year plan and it is great to see the completion of these actions.

By Cillian Griffey

The website is being used more as evidence from the increase in queries from people using the ‘contact us’ facility to enquire about use of hall and astroturf thus increasing revenue for the club when bookings are made. There are increased returning visitors to the website, more page views versus last year and a 12% increase on average session duration meaning people are spending more time on the site.  

The launch occured in April and received huge coverage in local media. The Clare Champion, the Clare People and the Clare Herald all gave the Club publicity in relation to the launch of the new club website. Many thanks to Michael Byrne, Managing Director of Acton BV, Sharon Meaney, PRO Ladies Football Club, Ann Marie McGann, PRO Camogie Club and Liam Clohessy, PRO Minor Club for their support in getting this up and running.

It has been an immense honour to have been part of the executive committee of St. Joseph’s Doora/Barefield GAA Club for the last five years. In December 2011 I was welcomed to the committee as IT officer and promoted to PRO in December 2013. It is now time for fresh blood and new ideas but I hope I have left the Club in a good position when it comes to Information Technology and Public Relations. Thank you to my fellow committee members for their support and continued success to the club going forward.

This year we worked exceedingly hard to keep our members and public up to date on fixtures and results on the senior club's football and hurling calendar. This was done through publicity of upcoming match fixtures through our weekly club email campaign. Over thirty of these were sent out throughout the year. Any one that wants to sign up to the email alerts can do so on the website.

We are moving forward as a Club, let’s continue to move in the right direction for the benefit of all members and potential members.

Eye-catching graphics were generated and utilized on our website, Facebook & Twitter platforms to push these out and promote our games. Live match updates were publicised on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, which meant that people that couldn’t make the matches could still remain updated. We also completed match reports on strategic matches and these can be viewed on the website. Wifi continues to be available within Gurteen, which gives groups an opportunity to book meeting rooms, and be able to use the Internet, which is a positive step. With the new website comes the opportunity to pay membership online. This came into operation in April, a few months after the February membership nights. People are using the new platform. I expect this to increase, if publicised well next year and throughout the year which will ease with the constant difficulty with collection of membership.   Martin Coffey (Chairman), Michael Byrne (Managing Director, Acton BV), Sharon Meaney (PRO Ladies Football Club) Ann Marie McGann (PRO Camogie Club) Cillian Griffey (PRO Senor Club), Liam Clohessy (Minor Club PRO)

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Schools Coach In his role as the St Joseph’s DooraBarefield schools/club coach, Liam Clancy visits 20 classes on a weekly basis. Class groups range from Junior Infants all the way to Sixth Class. Those 500 boys and girls are then exposed to a 40-minute Gaelic Games session as part of their weekly curriculum. As the programme must tie in with the Primary School Physical Education Curriculum, the sessions are catered towards the teaching of fundamental movements. These movement lessons are taught through the medium of hurling, camogie and Gaelic football. In terms of hurling/camogie, the younger class groups have begun the year with basics such as holding the hurley, rolling/throwing and dribbling. The older class groups have been exposed to areas such as the overhead catch and the tackle. In terms of Gaelic football, the younger class groups have opened the year with basics such as running with the football, hopping the ball and throwing/catching. The older class groups have worked on kicking, the hand pass and support play. The 2015-16 programme was brought to a close with the running of an interschool blitz. This blitz brought all First and Second class students from Barefield, Knockanean and Doora to Gurteen in June 2016. A total of 176 boys and girls enjoyed an afternoon of hurling, camogie and Gaelic football games in a non-competitive environment. On the day, the children were sub-divided into teams of 5 where they were encouraged to mix with children from schools other than their own. In all, 34 teams took part in games across 17 pitches. Sixth Class students acted as referees on the day. This type of occasion was a first for the Schools Coaching Programme and proved a great success. “I feel the programme has gone up a gear from last year,” said Liam Clancy. “Being familiar with the schools, teachers and children from my work last year allowed me to hit the ground running in September. “I try to develop good habits within the boys and girls. I feel something as simple as how to hold the hurley, or how to catch the football is enormously important in what I’m trying to achieve in the schools. If these basics are there from day one, it makes the job of the club coach much easier as these kids move up through the age groups in Gurteen.” “It’s fantastic to see the hurleys, helmets, gloves and gum shields come through the gates of the schools every week. The boys and girls seem to be really buying into the sessions and from that can only come great things.”

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By Christy O’Connor


G.A.A. in Barefield National School Mol An Ói

ge agus Tioc faidh

By John Burns, Principal. acknowledge the roles of our current teachers in training and playing on those teams which included many past students of our school. It is wonderful to see both the St Joseph's Doora-Barefield senior hurlers and footballers participating in the senior ranks in the upcoming season.

Fresh from the great successes of the St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield Championship winning teams, the Christmas season is upon us and it is a time to appreciate and savour the efforts of all involved. Here in Barefield National School, the hurling season got off to a flying start when the boys from third and fourth class created further school history by retaining the Clare indoor hurling crown. As Spring arrived, the senior boys hurling team had several victories before exiting at the semi-final stage despite a spirited performance. The senior footballers competed in Division one this year and gave tremendous commitment with victories over Ennis National School, Gaelscoil and Knockanean followed by a draw with C.B.S. before losing out to Ballyea.

Once again I am most appreciative of the tremendous coaching support provided by St Joseph's Club and club coach Liam Clancy who does such fantastic work. I also extend a warm thanks to the large numbers of children from first to sixth class who attend after school coaching sessions for boys and girls which are so generously committed to by many of our teachers. May I take this opportunity to wish Paddy Conroy health and happiness in his retirement from teaching after giving a long and dedicated service to the pupils of Barefield N.S. He trained boys and girls in the skills of the G.A.A. for many years and achieved numerous awards for our school.

Last year’s recently promoted camogie team produced some great performances before bowing out in the county Division 1 final. The girls also progressed to the semi- final of the Cumann na mBunscol Division 1B competition after victories over Kilnamona and New Quay Carron. The girls competed in the Division 1 league competition last May / June along with Knockanean and Quin NS. They were beaten by Knockanean in the final in Cusack Park on June 13th. The girls also gave a great account of themselves in reaching the final of the blitz competition organised by transition year students in Coláiste Muire. Congratulations also to Conal O’ Regan and Eoghan Talty who represented the school on the Clare Primary Schools teams which played in Thurles and the Gaelic Grounds this year. Kate Montwill also represented the school on the Clare Primary Schools team in the Gaelic Grounds. Congratulations also to our teacher Ms. Bohannon on reaching the All- Ireland Ladies football final in Croke Park with the Clare ladies team.

On Saturday, 28th January 2017 in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Barefield National School will be hosting a Race Night. This is a fundraiser to help upgrade our I.T equipment and for the installation of new white board projectors in all of our classes. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Finally as the Christmas season arrives it allows us all a festive rest and the time to, among other things, look back and appreciate the many wonderful family and community sporting occasions which brightened up the closing year. I wish you a relaxing peaceful Christmas.

Senior Girls Football team 2015-2016

The installation of our new handball wall has provided children with the opportunity to develop a whole range of skills during the lunchtime practice sessions. A highquality Astroturf training facility has also been recently installed which is a great recreational facility for the children as well as enabling us to engage in outdoor skill development sessions regardless of ground conditions. We are most appreciative of parish funding which assisted greatly in this most welcome development. Prior to Christmas the internal Frank Burns memorial junior and senior football leagues engendered great energy and enthusiasm. Skills and drills sessions brought out a huge number of children who went on to participate in a competitive and enjoyable league culminating in very exciting and well attended finals of these junior and senior boys’ and girls’ leagues. There is now a vibrant G.A.A. training and skills development culture in our school and close links continue between Barefield National School and our local club.

Senior Girls Camogie Team 2015-2016

Highlights of the G.A.A. year in our parish undoubtedly included the county final victories by the minor A footballers and Intermediate hurlers and I am delighted to

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G.A.A. in Knockanean National School By Jim Curran. Gaelic games play a huge part in the life of Knockanean National School. The school enters all Cumann na mBunscol competitions resulting in a very busy year in terms of matches and training. Pupils from 4th, 5th & 6th who wish to play Gaelic Games come along to training sessions weekly and we have approximately 30 pupils at each session. The first competition each year is the indoor hurling and camogie which starts in February. Our 5th class girls reached the semi – finals of this competition and the boys lost out in the group stages. Next up are the 7 a-side competitions. Teams were entered in hurling, camogie and both boys and girls football. In football, the girls team reached the final where they narrowly lost to Annagh / Mullagh. As a result of finishing runner up in this competition, Sinéad O’ Connor represented the school in Croke Park at the All Ireland Football Semi - Final between Dublin and Kerry on August 28th, where she took part in an exhibition game at half time.

LGFA Division 1 winners 2016

In June, the camogie team lost out at the semi-final stage and the girls football team won the Clare Ladies Football Board Divisional 1 final. The inter schools football competitions take place in September/October each year and the girls football team reached the Division 1 final, where they were defeated by a very strong Ballyea team. Division 1 Football finalists 2016

On an individual level two of the Knockanean 6th class pupils were chosen to represent Clare in the primary game. Congratulations to Anna Cosgrove (Girls football) and Cian Moloney (Football) who played at half time at the Clare v Kerry Munster semi-final in Killarney on June 12th. Continued sporting success, participation, and most importantly enjoyment, to all 6th class pupils who have moved on to secondary school. Many thanks to Liam Clancy for all his work with the classes over the past two years. A special thank you to the teachers - Kathleen Horgan, Sinead Flaherty, Joe O’Reilly, Colm Mullen and John Corbett, for giving freely of their time to promote Gaelic games in the school this year. Finally, congratulations to the St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield club on winning the Intermediate Hurling Championship and the Minor Football Championship and to thank them for the continued use of their facilities both for training and for matches.

Mini 7’s football runners up 2016

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Ballyortla

G.A.A. in Doora National School

Baile an Ortla – Home Of The Hero. By Joe Queally

As you take a stroll through pastures green Ballyortla comes into view. There's the giants graves and ancient forts to mention just a few. The little stream it greets you and then goes underground. It flows through limestone rock and soil, it comes up at Castletown.

By Mary Curley

2016 proved to be another busy year for the boys and girls in Doora National School where they took part in Cumann na mBunscoil hurling & football and the INTO Mini 7’s. On the hurling front, the boys played three games in Gurteen on the 24th May. While they got off to a fantastic start by beating Tuamgraney National School, they ultimately fell short against Clonmoney National School & Kilmurry National School, who subsequently played in the final. Boys from 3rd to 6th class had the opportunity to represent the school. In the Mini 7’s competition the boys were unlucky to lose out to a strong Quin National School team in the final. Again, the team was made up of boys from 3rd to 6th class. Both boys & girls from 3rd & 4th played a blitz in Éire Óg in May. They mixed with players from other schools and had a fantastic day out. The boys football team reached a second final in three years but didn’t manage to repeat the heroics of 2014. They came through a tough group on goal difference and they got the better of Killaloe National School in a very entertaining semi-final. In the final they faced off against familiar foes, Lissycasey. They went into the break with a four point deficit having put in a huge defensive effort. However, Lissycasey managed to get the better of Doora National School in the second half. Despite losing, it was great to see so many boys from 3rd and 4th class to perform well on the day. The Mini 7’s proved to be an unsuccessful outing for the boys as they won two and lost two in Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg. The girls’ camogie and football teams were both unsuccessful in their hunt for silverware in 2016. However, on a positive note, it has been great to see more girls playing both codes in 2016. The hope is that they continue to train with the school and encourage others to join them. Overall, it was another successful year for the boys & girls in Doora National School.

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It is in Castletown you can kneel and pray, for friends who are now with God. They toiled the soil, they laboured hard, and turned the earthly sod. Their kin folk they are kind and true, and sportsmen to the core. They hurled the ball and played football like their forefathers did of yore. From the high trees in Creggaun, the Cuckoo proudly sings. Through the hills and Valleys of Ballyortla, her melodious voice it rings. Nature is at its best here with the hive for the honeybee, then there is the Blessed Well, a place of tranquility. There stands our little schoolhouse on the hill at Knockanean, it was here we played our hurling, and here we dreamed our dreams. Kilfilum with its splendour fair, it is a sight to see, with its little hallowed slopes, there's history behind every tree. Oftentimes in the evening when we went out to play The bells they toiled at Doora Church and called us down to pray. We were young and innocent then, but soon we had to roam, to emigrate around the World and across the Atlantic foam. There stands the Creamery at Moyreisk, old footsteps there are found, The steel wheeled rims of the horses cart they made a lovely sound, We often stayed and chatted until noon time came around, while the milk was churned into cream to make the butter pound. When it comes to the end of time and the Good lord says we must rest, we think of all the things we done, and how we did our best There's one request I will ask of him, that’s when my soul will roam that he gives me eternal rest near my Ballyortla home.


Bothair Na Smaointhe

The Garvey Brothers from Ballyortla By Joe Queally then on to senior ranks. I remember another day and we playing Ruan in Ruan and Jimmy Smyth came on. I was playing centre back that day, it was there I usually played or wing back, but Smyth came on at centre forward and I was pleased with myself I had a good game on Smyth that day, Smyth was a superb hurler, one of the best Clare ever produced. We won minor “B” championships in 1955/57 and we won two “A” minor championships in 58/59. We won a Junior championship in 1960. A lot of those lads emigrated in the early 1960’s, which left a big gap in the team. John was modest and wouldn't mention that he got hurler of the year for the parish in 1972.” Tom continues. “Dan Hogan was secretary for some years and it was Dan and John O'Connell  and Johnny Fitzgerald that trained us. Some times we trained in the School field at Knockanean and we thought it was very big until we played in full size pitches. Of course we all have different memories of the journey. Twas all hurling that time, first thing in the morning and when we had work done it was hurling, we never left the hurley out of our hand on a s

The two Garvey brothers John and Tom, from Ballyortla, Doora, were two stalwarts in the hurling world that began for them in the 1950's. John and Tom Garvey’s parents were Jim Garvey and Lauri Melody from Bunratty. The Garvey family were progressive dairy and beef farmers in Ballyortla and continue that tradition up to the present day. Both attended Knockanean National School which is only a stones throw from where they live It was here the great foundation of hurling was born into the blood of both young lads.

Sunday. Jimmy Corry was a great organiser and a great hurler too. Jimmy and myself played at centre field a lot together. I remember we were playing a match and Jimmy had no togs and Dan Hogan who was secretary was sent to town to purchase a pair of togs for Jimmy. I think it was into Armstrong’s he went that was a clothes shop in Parnell Street in Ennis. The man of the shop enquired as to what size was needed and Dan said quiet large. When Jimmy fitted on the togs they had to do a remake by way of tidying up the togs to fit with lacers to make it fit.”

John takes up the story. “We Started our hurling in Knockanean School where our teacher was Miss Brady. I remember our second teacher Nan Lalor coming to School in the carrier of a bicycle, Nancy Mullins from Doora cycled the bicycle with Nan in the carrier at the back. We trained ourselves, we hurled an old ball we made up, and every chance we got we were hurling, there were no sliothars that time, but I remember the parish curate Fr. Maxwell he used to come to the School and we would be delighted to see him coming because he always brought us a ball to hurl with. The first game I ever played in as a juvenile was above in Ruan and it was the day of our Confirmation. My brother Tom and Myself were confirmed the same day. We had a great game and I remember the day well, we beat Ruan, and because it was our Confirmation we got a bottle of mineral each. We had a team that time in Creggaun and Doora and we trained in Meere's field in Kilfilum. There were great hurling families around , the Meeres Ollie, Pat and Tom. The Reddans , Johnny, Christy and Michael . I thought that Johnny Reddan was the best goalkeeper I have ever seen play the game. The Hassets all of them great hurlers, John, James, Paddy and Frank Hassett. Ansilim Brooks, the Sheedy’s from Doora, Tommy, Marty and Jimmy. John Culligan from Bunnow, a great hurler. Joe O'Halloran the two Hogans from Doora, Michael and Dan great hurlers. Gerry Roberts I could go on forever, the danger is that I will leave someone out.  The two Purcell brothers P.J. and Tom, P.J Purcell was as good as any club or county ever produced.”

“There is another story for another day about one of the Doora players having to improvise for togs with his two legs stuck out in the sleeves of a shirt and stitched at the back to make some kind of cover. We had our own team in Doora that time the colour of our jerseys was red and white. Matt Nugent to me was one of the finest ever to hurl a ball, but they were all superb hurlers big strong men, Mick Hayes, Paddy Russell, Donal O'Grady, Gerry and Paddy Browne, the Horan's from Castletown, Christy and P.J, and Willie, the Nihill's, Pakie and Sean, Sean was known as farmer and the Purcell brothers P.J and Tom. Tom scored one goal and twelve points against Cork in Cusack Park. Micky, Christy and Jimmy Mungovan from Finana, Doora.  Tommy and Seamus McLoughlin Doora. That time all the parish followed us, when we played any place around the county the whole parish came out in support, people would walk to the place, cycle or go in a pony and trap or side car, the crowds were massive at every match. The first time myself and my brother, John went to Croke Park was in 1959 Waterford was playing Kilkenny and I had an uncle in Dublin and we went with him. That was some excitement to visit Croke Park. It was a memory to last forever. That game was a draw and we went again for the replay and Waterford won it. The hurling and football gave us great times and great memories and we developed friendships that lasted a lifetime.”

“When we got a few bob together James Conway in Larchill used to make hurley’s and we bought off of him, but you were careful with the hurley because the price wasn't there for another one. After juvenile we progressed to Junior and

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Action from the Garry Cup Final

Photos courtesy of Natasha Barton, The Clare People

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St. Joseph's Doora Barefield 2016 Christmas Newsletter  

This publication charts the Club activities from Senior, Minor, Ladies Football, Camogie and National School's activity with GAA for 2016.

St. Joseph's Doora Barefield 2016 Christmas Newsletter  

This publication charts the Club activities from Senior, Minor, Ladies Football, Camogie and National School's activity with GAA for 2016.

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