21 signs you’re a sports fan from Clare

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21. You never met Biddy Earley but you know she was bad news

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

And she was responsible for the bad days like this in the 1993 Munster final. You still shudder at the scoreline – Tipperary 3-27 Clare 2-12

20. And you were there when her curse was finally lifted in 1995

Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan

A Munster title was followed by an All-Ireland triumph. Did you hear the Banner roar in Ennis at the homecoming?

19. You learnt from this man that Clare were no longer the whipping boys

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A boy Dalo.

18. You have developed notions of becoming a pro surfer after a day in Lahinch

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17. You feel ready for The Open after 18 holes on the links in Lahinch

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16. You are as passionate about your county as this man

Pic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

15. And you’ve developed a fondness for Reading having spent time in a public house in Ennis

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14. He wasn’t listed on the match programme but you remember Eamonn Taaffe for the greatest goal of all time in September 1995

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The vital green flag that Clare raised in the 1995 All-Ireland final.

13. And you think this effort from Jamesie was the greatest point of all time

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12. You’ve welcomed Trap to the Cliffs of Moher

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Trap kicks around with Paudie The Puffin, the Cliffs of Moher mascot.

11. You know that Donal Tuohy did not step outside the square for that puckout in the 2008 Munster U21 final

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

10. The cows on your family farm never got milked after this game on July 19th, 1992


Francis McInerney lifts the cup after Clare’s 2-10 to 0-12 Munster final victory over Kerry.

9. The Cooraclare man at midfield was one of your heroes on that team

Pic: INPHO/Alan Betson

The one and only Tom Morrissey. A bit of a character.

8. They went to school in Limerick and played for Limerick clubs but you must point out that Keith Wood and Marcus Horan are CLARE natives

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

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They learnt it all in Killaloe and Clonlara.

7. You’ve had this man (the one on the right) do MC at your club’s annual dinner dance

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Marty at the Great Wall in China before the 2008 Olympic Games.

6. And you saw him hone his goalkeeping skills back in the day on the pitch in Quilty

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

5. You maintain that it was the Banner blood that made Ali the Greatest

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Muhammad Ali visits Ennis in September 2009.

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The inscription on the monument to commemorate Ali’s visit.

4. You will always wonder what would have happened if Jimmy Cooney had not called time early in 1998

Pic: INPHO/James Meehan

3. And while on the subject, you’d like to point that everyone was against Clare that summer

Ger Loughnane sits in the stand with Colin Lynch.
Pic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger

2. You believe these are the three wise men

Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan

1. And this is the Messiah

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

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