Following the National Football League campaign which saw Clare retain their Division 3 status for 2016, the panel earned a week’s break. They have resumed training this week and have been joined by Éire Óg’s Davy O’Halloran for their championship preparations.
O’Halloran removed himself from the Clare Senior hurling panel after an alleged breach of discipline along with Clonlara’s Nicky O’Connell. Davy’s enlistment on the football panel comes two days after O’Connell rejoined the hurlers subsequent to the players accepting his apology.
During the 2014 Clare Football Championship, O’Halloran played a huge role in Éire Óg reaching the county decider as he hit 0-09 throughout the course of their campaign. O’Halloran mainly operated at centre-forward for the James Hanrahan managed outfit.
He is now the sixth member of the 2013 All-Ireland winning hurling panel to defect to the footballers, joining Pádraic Collins, Cathal McInerney, Seán Collins, Alan O’Neill and Liam Markham who has since left the footballers due to work commitments.
Clare manager, Colm Collins has expressed his delight with securing the “excellent footballer” that is Davy O’Halloran. His addition comes one week after the confirmation that Cooraclare’s Rory Donnelly is to return to the squad. Both O’Halloran and Donnelly will give Collins and his management team of Ger Keane and Ephie Fitzgerald plenty of options in attack ahead of the Munster Championship quarter-final versus Limerick on May 23rd.