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O’Donnell appointed Laois coach as Mills return is confirmed

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O’Callaghans Mills manager, Donach O’Donnell has been named as the new coach of the Laois senior hurlers.

Coach of the Limerick senior hurlers that tasted provincial glory in 2013 but later exited the championship to Clare who finished the year as All-Ireland champions, O’Donnell has taken on an additional role for 2021.

He guided O’Callaghans Mills to a first senior county final appearance since 1993 last season when they came up short against Sixmilebridge. Donach was announced this week as a member of Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett’s Laois management team alongside former Laois football and Kerry U20 boss John Sugrue, ex Galway coach Francis Forde, Leo Tiernan, David Matthews and Arthur Dunne.

Over the weekend, O’Callaghans Mills held their AGM which confirmed O’Donnell’s return as senior manager. Fergus Donovan is in the hotseat as intermediate boss with Jack McNamara in charge of the Junior Bs. No management was appointed for the club’s U21 hurlers.

Thirty members of the East Clare club attended the virtual AGM. Chairman Joe O’Gorman thanked fellow officers for their work in the club and congratulated the senior team and management on contesting the county final, the Junior A team on winning the championship and the O’Callaghan’s Mills/Bodyke team winning the County Minor B championship.

O’Gorman stepped down from his post and no successor was appointed which has prompted the need for a reconvened AGM. Patrick Hogan succeeded Patsy Neville as secretary. Club membership fees will stay the same as 2020, the meeting agreed.

Club president, J. P Guinane
Vice president, John Fitzgerald
Patron, Fr Donal O’Dwyer.
Chairman: Vacant
Vice Chairman: Brendan Hannon
Secretary: Patrick Hogan
Assistant secretary: John Cooney
Team secretary: Joe Meaney
Treasurer: Michael Jones
Assistant treasurer: Billy Murphy
County Board delegate: Robert Frost
Registrar: Michael Jones
PRO: Pat O’Brien and Marty Baker
Membership officers: John Cooney and Niall O’Donovan
Child welfare officer: Caroline Hickey
Health wellbeing Kate O’Gorman
Players representatives Barry Heffernan and Bryan Donnellan.
Pitch bookings Joe Cooney and Brendan Hannon.

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, and 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 -

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