GALLERY – Baby John steals the show in Doolin

GALLERY – Baby John steals the show in Doolin


Baby John Linnane stole the show yesterday when members of the Munster rugby team visited the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard.

Players Barry O’Mahony, Shane Buckley, Denis Hurley, Conor Murray, Johne Murphy, Ivan Dinneen and Damien Varley were in Doolin for their first top on a two-day team building tour of the province.

Last year’s inaugural Munster Race saw the Munster squad hit the 6 counties on a team building exercise that quickly became an extremely successful and popular community engagement initiative.

Yesterday Munster Race Team 1 visited Doolin, The Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch, Miltown Malbay and Kilkee where they hosted a touch rugby match on the beach.

In Doolin however, 10-week-old John Linnane, whose mammy Deirdre is a member of the local Irish Coast Guard unit, was a big hit with the players.

It had been planned that the Munster lads would wash the rescue boat as a challenge however baby John proved to be the bigger attraction and welcome distraction.

All photos © Pat Flynn 2014

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.