*Jim Madden. Photograph: Martin Connolly

JIM MADDEN has resigned as public relations officer (PRO) of the Clare District Soccer League (CDSL).

The Clare Echo has learned that the Shannon man, a native of Tipperary, tendered his resignation on Thursday in a letter issued to the Executive of the CDSL.

A former Chairman of the CDSL, the Shannon Olympic man is understood to have made the decision this week in light of disciplinary sanctions issued regarding the Ennis Carpets Clare Cup tie between Newmarket Celtic A and Avenue Utd B.

Madden confirmed to The Clare Echo on Friday afternoon that he has stepped down as PRO. “I have served on the CDSL for twenty odd years and I just wasn’t enjoying myself in the role anymore,” he said. “I have given a lot of my life to soccer,” Jim added.

No member of the CDSL Committee has made contact with him since he issued his resignation but he has been removed from the officers WhatsApp group.

He had been an ever-present part of the CDSL Committee up until June 2018 when he was defeated in a vote at the AGM by Manus Celtic’s Derek Dormer, he was also unsuccessful in retaining his role as FAI Junior Council Delegate with Donie Garrihy winning the vote by a significant majority.

Jim returned as PRO in March 2021 when a host of new officers joined the CDSL Committee with former registrar Jason Ryan taking on the role of Chairman. Madde was elected unopposed for that AGM and the 2022 AGM.

During his time involved in Clare soccer, Jim was one of the key figures involved in the development of the County Grounds which have since been renamed Frank Healy Park. He was Chairman of the CDSL when Clare won the Oscar Traynor title for the first time.

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