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O’Dwyer named as new Ennistymon coach

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*Odran O’Dwyer with Joe Brolly. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

Former Clare footballler, Odran O’Dwyer is the new coach of the Ennistymon senior footballers.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane native and former Clare and Munster player, Odran O’Dwyer will coach Ennistymon footballers in 2021. The team will be managed by Noel Crowe.

The North Clare club has been knocking on the door at senior level in recent years. Winners of the Minor A championship in 2019, they had qualified for the 2020 final in this grade before the Covid 19 lockdown came in late November. It remains to be seen if this competition will conclude when club action is allowed again. Corofin and Doora-Barefield have to play in the semi-final for the right to face Ennistymon in the decider.

O’Dwyer who represented Ireland in the Compromise Rules series against Australia. was coach to Kilmihil last year and steered them to victory over a fancied Clondegad side in the opening round of the senior championship on their way to a quarter final date where they bowed out to neighbours Lissycasey.

A native of Mullagh, Odran represented his county for 22 years lining out at every level. He also served as a selector to Clare U21 footballers as well as forming part of management teams for the Kilmurry Ibrickane senior footballers and O’Callaghans Mills senior hurlers.

Crowe’s management team succeed Kieran Kelleher who first took charge of the North Clare Magpies for the 2020 season.

Seamus Hayes is one of the most well-respected local sports journalists in the country. For close to fifty years, the Lissycasey native was Sports Editor of The Clare Champion. Subsequent to his departure from Barrack St, he began writing for publications including The Clare Echo, The Clare People and The Irish Daily Star. He has won multiple awards during his distinguished career including accolades for GAA, Community Games and Camogie coverage.

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