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2013 All-Ireland final hero Domhnall O’Donovan steps down from Clare panel

The corner-back has cited work commitments for his decision.

Domhnall O'Donovan hits the equalising point to force a replay in 2013.
Domhnall O'Donovan hits the equalising point to force a replay in 2013.
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IN SEPTEMBER 2013, when it looked like Clare would fall just short of winning their fourth All-Ireland senior hurling title, an unlikely hero stepped forward in the shape of Domhnall O’Donovan.

The then-unheralded corner-back fired home the equalising point in stoppage time, sending the game to a replay before Davy Fitzgerald’s charges went on to lift the Liam MacCarthy at the second time of asking.

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However, those heroics will not be repeated this year as O’Donovan has informed team-mates that he is stepping away from the panel this year because of work commitments.

A spokesperson for Clare GAA told The42 that O’Donovan — whose job is based in Dublin — informed Fitzgerald of the decision yesterday.

O’Donovan was originally named on the 34-man panel in October but withdrew due to work commitments before the Munster Senior League, though management had left the door open to a possible return.

Clare have won both their opening Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B games this season but don’t play again until they travel to Laois on 5 March.

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