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Galway All-Ireland minor winning coach joins Clare senior hurling setup for 2018

Loughrea’s Gavin Keary has been recruited by Clare.

THE CLARE HURLING management have brought a Galway All-Ireland minor winning coach on board as part of their senior setup for 2018.

The Clare team stand for the national anthem Gavin Keary is coming on board with the Banner. Tom Beary / INPHO Tom Beary / INPHO / INPHO

Gavin Keary has been added to the Banner backroom team for next season by joint managers Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney.

The recent departure of Donal Óg Cusack created a coaching vacancy after he had been involved for the past two campaigns.

Loughrea native Keary played a role in steering Galway to the All-Ireland minor title in September when they defeated Cork, while he also worked along side manager Jeffrey Lynskey for Galway’s 2015 decider success against Tipperary.

As a player Keary featured for Galway in All-Ireland minor and U21 hurling finals, while he lined out for Loughrea in their 2007 All-Ireland club final loss to Ballyhale Shamrocks.

Patrick Reid and Gavin Keary Gavin Keary (blue) in action for Loughrea against Ballyhale's Patrick Reid. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Keary is the main addition with Moloney and O’Connor again joined by Jimmy Browne, Kieran Corcoran, Liam Cronin and Kelvin Harold.

Clare will be in action in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic on Sunday 19 November against Tipperary in Fenway Park in Boston.

They will open their 2018 Munster championship campaign against Cork on 20 May as part of the new round-robin format.

The Banner squad will be a much changed one next season with Patrick Donnellan, Brendan Bugler, Colin Ryan and Darach Honan all having retired in recent weeks.

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