*Philip Talty. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
ÉIRE ÓG begin their bid for Munster glory this weekend when they welcome Waterford champions, The Nire to Ennis.
Back to back Clare SFC champions, Éire Óg are hoping to make a dent in this year’s provincial campaign and will look to follow the example of St Joseph’s Miltown in 2018 of defeating The Nire in Co Clare.
Paul Madden’s side won the Munster SFC club quarter-final last year defeating Loughmore-Castleiney following extra time before bowing out to Cork champions, St Finbarr’s in the last four.
Both David Reidy and Liam Corry returned to the football panel in advance of the county final win over Ennistymon to strengthen their deck.
Wing forward, Niall McMahon said the Townies were determined to make their mark in Munster. “We have massive potential, great players and we have to show that in Munster. We showed today that we are the best team in Clare and we will celebrate that but we need to really see how good we can be. We have to give Munster a crack.
“There’s massive strength in depth in our squad. We have players who can come in and do a job. We have other players waiting to break onto this team and what a team to be coming into. Back to back County Titles is just a huge achievement. We set our stall out to retain Jack Daly and we won’t want to let him go. Who knows how far we can go but we won’t be found wanting. We have all the tools. We have a great manager, great coach and a brilliant back room team. We are all in it together for the club and the club can celebrate this historic day”.