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Clare drawn away to Offaly in qualifiers

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Clare have been handed an away draw in round two of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

Colm Collins’ men have been paired against Offaly and the game will take place on the weekend of June 23/24th with O’Connor Park in Tullamore the expected venue.

Following a twenty two point drubbing at the hands of Kerry in the Munster semi-final, Clare will be looking to bounce back and this will be viewed as the ideal opportunity to do so.

Offaly got their season back on track at the weekend scoring 2-20 as they recorded an eight point win over Antrim. UCD historian Paul Rouse took over as manager in the aftermath of a surprise Leinster defeat to Wicklow which saw Stephen Wallace depart.

On the injury front, Martin McMahon returned to club action at the weekend for Kilmurry Ibrickane in his first competitive game of the year. Full back Kevin Hartnett was togged for the Kerry defeat and it is expected that he will nudge closer to the starting fifteen for the Offaly outing.

Kilmurry Ibrickane qualified for their eighth consecutive Cusack Cup final at the weekend, Cooraclare and Clondegad will do battle to decide who faces them in the decider.

All-Ireland SFC qualifier Rnd2 draw;
Tipperary v Mayo
Waterford v Monaghan
Cavan v Down
Carlow v Tyrone
Offaly v Clare
Longford v Kildare
Sligo v Armagh
Leitrim v Louth

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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