Clare clubs have backed Cratloe in their desire to continue in the county's hurling and football championships after the club were hit with six positive Covid-19 tests in the past week. 

Cratloe's senior hurling championship game against Eire Óg was postponed last Sunday after it was revealed that a player had tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. 

At a subsequent training session, 24 players were tested with five positive tests returned. 

Cratloe had recently played Clondegad in the Junior A football championship, with one member of the team that day among the batch of positive tests. As a result, the HSE have advised 18 Clondegad footballers to go into self-isolation.

At a remote meeting of the Clare county board this evening, reported upon by the Clare Express, Cratloe chairman Kevin Browne requested that the club be handed "a period of grace" until the weekend of 22/23 August. He stressed that the club were fully co-operating with the HSE.

The remaining Clare clubs expressed solidarity with Cratloe in their desire to remain in the championships, with Kilmurry Ibrickane delegate Martin Lynch saying "We would be totally behind Cratloe going forward, tomorrow it could be our own story."

While the clubs had their voices heard tonight ultimately the final decision rests with the management committee of the Clare County Board.

Meanwhile, the draw for the quarter-finals of the senior hurling championship has been made with two local derbies down for decision.

Sixmilebridge will take on Broadford, while Ballyea take on Kilmaley.

O'Callaghan's Mills take on Inagh-Kilnamona, while Feakle will wait for the winner of Éire Óg Inis and Cratloe.