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Coverage of underage GAA by Clare media ‘disappointing’ – Mac Mathúna

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*Shane Punch stands over a free for the Minor A winning Corofin/Ruan side. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

Retired President of Clare GAA, Padraig Mac Mathúna has voiced his frustration with the lack of underage GAA coverage within the county’s local media.

In his final address as President, Mac Mathúna expressed his disappointment with the insufficient amount of coverage given to underage GAA by all media outlets in Co Clare. “I am disappointed our underage games got very little coverage this year, I don’t know why this was the case,” he stated.

Munster Council in 2013 honoured the Ennis resident with a Distinguished Service to the GAA Award.

Speaking at the County Convention, the former Clare County Council employee shared his appreciation with the County Board for giving him the “honour” of the Presidency for a three year tenure.

He revealed that the highlight of his term occurred in 2020 when he received an invitation from Clare GAA Secretary, Pat Fitzgerald to attend all club championship games in Cusack Park. “I made full use of the offer and saw 29 games in August and September of this year. I was very impressed by the efficient and professional manner with the way it was ran”.

Mac Mathúna felt it was “a worrying aspect” to see the amount of amalgamations within the county. “I am afraid that if this trend continues, some parishes are likely to lose their identity”.

Outgoing Chairman of Clare GAA, Joe Cooney described Mac Mathúna as “one of the all-time greats”. The O’Callaghans Mills man added, “Anytime I go to Cusack Park you are there, the commitment to the shop has been brilliant and I thank you for your contribution”.

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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