Sports Digest GAA: Clare manager Mick O'Dwyer is back in the game
All-Ireland winning former Kerry manager is keen to develop Clare football
In a statement released via the GPA, O hAilpin said, “I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling. This time it’s for good.
“I always felt it was premature to end my career in 2010. It was great to get the opportunity this year to re-establish myself in the team and contribute in a meaningful way to Cork.
“As I close this chapter of my life, I look forward with enthusiasm to the new challenges and opportunities I may encounter.
“I would like to thank all the players I played with over my 16 year career. I have always taken immense pride in wearing the Cork jersey and representing the county I love. I wish the Cork team the best of luck and success in their future endeavors.
“I’d like to extend a big thank you to my coaches, managers, medical and backroom teams and all the friends I’ve made throughout my hurling career on and off the field.
“I would like to thank all of the Cork and GAA supporters around the country for their phenomenal support over the years. Corcaigh abú. Rebels abú!”
AN emotional Mickey Harte paid tribute to the sell-out crowd at Saturday night’s tribute game for his late daughter Michaela.
The “Match for Michaela” event at Casement Park in Belfast was an outstanding success as over 14,000 fans raised money for the foundation set up in honor of Harte’s daughter, murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius last year.
Harte told the full house, “It is most uplifting to see the energy in the crowd, how early they came and how excited they are to be here.
“It gives us a sense of hope and a sense of how something good can come out of something horrible.”
All-Ireland champions Donegal were beaten 2-12 to 1-12 by an Ulster selection manager by former
Armagh boss Joe Kernan, but Jim McGuiness was none too worried about the result.
The Donegal manager said, “It was truly privilege for everyone involved with the Donegal team to be part of this occasion.
“This game was always on the back of the players’ minds after the All-Ireland. It was a fixture that had to be competed.
“When Mickey Harte first asked me to support this event I had no hesitation in saying yes.”
Cluxton Stays, Quinn Out
DUBLIN goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton has pledged his future to the Blues under new boss Jim Gavin but veteran forward Tomas Quinn has announced his retirement.
Cluxton will play on for at least another year after ending speculation that he was poised to quit the Leinster champions.
Quinn however is to retire and tweeted, “It’s been a childhood dream to play for Dublin for last 10 years, but time to go. It was a great journey and I loved every second#ÁthCliathAbú.”
DOWN champions Kilcoo are through to the semifinals of the Ulster club championship after a deserved win over Monaghan side Ballybay on Sunday. Tyrone champions Errigal Ciaran are also in the semis after a late Tommy Canavan free earned them a win over Ballinderry . . .
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