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Ger Loughnane and Ray Cummins join elite band of Munster GAA legends

Both men will be honoured with Hall of Fame awards next Saturday.

Clare's two-time All-Ireland winning manager Ger Loughnane.
Clare's two-time All-Ireland winning manager Ger Loughnane.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

CLARE’S TWO-TIME All-Ireland senior hurling championship winning boss Ger Loughnane and former Cork dual star Ray Cummins have been inducted into Munster GAA’s Hall of Fame.

The two greats will receive their awards at the Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner next Saturday, 12 December in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.

Loughnane is renowned as one of Clare’s greatest ever hurlers and as manager he went on to lead Clare to All-Ireland glory in 1995 and 1997, while also capturing three Munster SHC titles during a glorious reign at the helm.

He has been a highly regarded analyst on RTE’s The Sunday Game for many years and is a passionate advocate of hurling and the Munster championship.

Cummins also holds an honoured position in GAA annals.

He is a member of the select group of players who won All-Ireland senior medals in both codes and was the first of four players in the history of the Allstars to become a dual award winner.

Ray Cummins Cork legend Ray Cummins. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

He is also one of only three Cork players to win twelve Munster senior medals.

Munster GAA chairman Robert Frost said: “Ger Loughnane was a great player and as manager brought unprecedented success and pride to Clare hurling.

“Ray Cummins was one of the greatest ever dual players and was instrumental in Cork’s All Ireland senior football triumph in 1973.

“Their many achievements are worthy of recognition and I am delighted to see them honoured with this year’s Hall of Fame awards.”

Other 2015 award winners are Today FM’s Paul Collins (media), Michael Wadding of Waterford (services to refereeing award), Michael Ryan of Waterford (Special Merit Award), Limerick’s Diarmaid Byrnes (intermediate hurling) and Conor Cox from Kerry (junior football).

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