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*Enda O’Halloran, Ger Keane and James Murrihy. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

James Murrihy and all members of the Clare intermediate ladies football management have stepped down from their roles.

Appointed manager in November 2017, James announced his decision to step down in recent days. He informed county secretary Monica Callinan and panellists last week.

Murrihy was joined on his management team by ex Clare footballers Ger Keane and Martin McMahon, Kilmihil’s Enda O’Halloran, fellow Kilmurry Ibrickane clubmate Evan Talty, analyst Diarmuid Whelan and sport scientist Conor Shannon from Lisdoonvarna.

“I would like to say thanks to the players, my backroom team and everyone within Clare ladies circles for their time and effort over the last three years and I really enjoyed my time working with everyone involved. I would like to wish everyone in Clare ladies football all the very best in the future,” James said in a statement following his departure.

James Murrihy. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography

An intermediate championship winning manager with Corofin, James’ tenure ended following Clare’s comprehensive All-Ireland semi-final 4-13 0-04 defeat to Meath. This year saw the intermediates reach the last four for the first time since 2016, Clare exited at the quarter-final stage in both 2018 and 2019 losing to Meath and Tipperary.

A spokesperson for the Clare LGFA paid tribute to James and his backroom team “for their time and commitment and wish them every success in the years ahead”.

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