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Clare Hehir has been named as the new captain of the Clare senior camogie team.

A four-time senior championship winner with Inagh/Kilnamona, Hehir captained her club to glory in the 2020 decider when they account for Newmarket-on-Fergus on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-07 in the decider.

Alongside her clubmate Aoife Keane, Clare was joint captain of the University of Limerick side which claimed the Ashbourne Cup title in 2019.

Hehir who turns 23 in 2021 has been a part of the county senior panel since 2015 when then manager Patricia O’Grady called the defender onto the squad.

She succeeds fellow Ashbourne Cup winning captain Laura McMahon in the role of captaincy, the Newmarket-on-Fergus defender had been skipper for the past two seasons.

Speaking about being rewarded with the captaincy, Clare admitted that despite her success at leading teams she doesn’t place too much emphasis on the responsibility. “I can do try my best on the field and help as much as I can off it, there’s some players you can help out by having a quick chat to them or anything you can do to help the team, I’m lucky enough that the management I’ve had over the past few years have seen that. I don’t think there is anything special I do”.

To follow up the Banner reaching their first All-Ireland quarter-final at senior level in six years last season, Hehir is adamant the panel will need to back themselves if they are to have any intentions of progressing further.

“I believe we have the hurling and the skills, it is probably the confidence to back ourselves and that starts from the county, it is good to see the support behind the county getting better but it can always get better, we hope to see that in this year coming and in years to come,” she outlined.

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