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O’Connell hopeful Barrett will return to county panel

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*Amy Barrett. Photograph: Caroline O’Keeffe

Ger O’Connell is still hopeful members of the Munster championship Scariff/Ogonnelloe side that have not returned to the county panel will line out with Clare in 2020.

Midfielder Amy Barrett has been a member of the Clare senior panel since 2017 when she received the call-up from Patricia O’Grady. Last season, Amy became a regular in Ger O’Connell’s side lining out in the centre of the park. She would play a central role in Scariff/Ogonnelloe winning their first ever senior camogie championship last year.

Mairead Scanlan who captained the East Clare side had previously told The Clare Echo it would be “unlikely” that she or goalkeeper Aisling Corbett would return to the panel. Scanlan was centre-forward with her club side and played in a number of positions during O’Connell’s first year in charge.

Speaking to The Clare Echo following a surprise two point win over Kilkenny, the Clonlara man was optimistic that defeating the Cats would encourage the likes of Amy Barrett and others to return to the panel.

“We’re still working on these things. It’s a big commitment to come in and train with the seniors. A result like this will definitely help for girls like that. The stronger we can make our squad we’ll always try to do that, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be doing my job. We have to refocus for Cork and we will do that”.

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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