Clare continued its dominance on the national handball stage with three further All-Ireland titles secured at Tinryland in Carlow last weekend.
Tulla duo Niall Bolton and Colin Corbett claimed the All-Ireland U21 40×20 title after defeating Tyrone’s Patrick McCrory and Ryan Mullan. The Ulster Champions led from the off but Clare overturned nine point deficit to win the first game 21-20. In the second game, McCrory and Mullan started the better yet again but the stamina of the Tulla men was evident as they recovered to win 21-18.
In the Minor Doubles, Clarecastle’s Doireann Murphy teamed up with Tuamgraney’s Clodagh Nash to face Tyrone pair Elise McCrory and Aoife Kelly. The Banner girls stormed their way to 21-10 21-15 wins. It ensured that Doireann Murphy has both a Minor Singles and Doubles All-Ireland medal for 2015.
If Murphy had not been involved with the St Flannans Senior Camogie team, she could have had a third medal as she had to withdraw from the Junior Schools Competition, her would be opponent Eimear Ní Bhiada went on to win the grade. Clodagh Nash comes from the renown handball family in East Clare and it will certainly not be the last All-Ireland medal she will collect.
Veterans Richard Woods and Shannon’s Tom Kirby capped off a wonderful day for Clare handball when they won the Masters Title. They overcame the challenge of John Roche and David Redmond of Wexford on a scoreline of 21-17 21-4. Newmarket-on-Fergus man Woods was part of the Clare Senior Hurling panel that won the Munster Championship in 1998, while he filled the void at full-back due to the suspension of Brian Lohan in the same year.
A beaming GAA Handball President, Willie Roche presented the victorious Clare handballers with their All-Ireland medals. Roche, a native of Wexford has done trojan work for the promotion and development of the game in Clare since moving to Sixmilebridge, a number of decades ago.