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The Clare hurling final between Clonlara and Sixmilebridge could be an all-ticket affair

Development work at Cusack Park has reduced the capacity at the Ennis venue.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

CLARE OFFICIALS ARE confident that the county senior hurling final between Clonlara and Sixmilebridge will take place at Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday week, 11 October.

The venue is currently undergoing a facelift but both clubs have expressed their desire to play the Banner County showpiece there.

And county board chairman Michael McDonagh told The42 this afternoon that the fixture should get the green light at a meeting this evening.

“That decision won’t be made until tonight, at a CCC meeting,” he said.

“We did a major job on the pitch last winter, the surface is top class and the players are looking to play in the Park.”

A dejected John Conlon John Conlon will lead the Clonlara charge in the Clare senior hurling final. Source: Tommy Greally/INPHO

Board officials may have to look at ticketing the game, however, because of a reduced capacity and to fulfil health and safety guidelines.

When asked how many people Cusack Park could hold for the final, McDonagh replied: “That’s a big one – we have to look at that.

“We have to get it looked at by an engineer in the coming days.

“I’d be confident that we’ll be able to host the match but we might have to ticket it.”

Sean Stack Clonlara are managed by former Sixmilebridge and Clare player Sean Stack. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The Clonlara-Sixmilebridge clash is sure to draw a huge crowd to Cusack Park, with a host of county stars in opposition.

John Conlon, Darach Honan, Domhnall O’Donovan, Nicky O’Connell and Colm Galvin were Clonlara’s representatives on the Clare hurling panel this year, with Seadna Morey and Shane Golden representing Sixmilebridge.

Adding further intrigue to the mix is the fact that Clonlara are managed by Sixmilebridge stalwart and former Clare star Sean Stack.

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