Experienced Clare attacker, Rory Donnelly has announced his inter-county football retirement at the age of thirty two.
Cooraclare man, Donnelly made his Senior debut for the Banner in 2003 under the stewardship of John Kennedy and has been ever-present in Clare squads since.
During the 2015 Championship, Rory started just one game, that being the twelve point defeat to Cork while he was sprung from the bench in their Munster quarter-final win over Limerick. The talented forward played no part when Longford knocked Clare out of the Championship back in July.
A Sigerson Cup medallist with I.T. Sligo, Donnelly was one of the leading forces behind Cooraclare’s run to the 2015 Clare SFC Final where they lost out to St Josephs Miltown by four points.
Now residing in Co Meath, Rory has found travelling back to Clare for training quiet tiring while he has also had injury problems in recent years. He said “I found the last few years very frustrating with injury and that takes the good out of it”.
“Rory could hold his own in any company and has given massive service to the county over a long number of years” remarked Clare boss Colm Collins.
Clare’s dressing room in 2016 will be different minus Donnelly’s presence while Ger Keane a member of the management team since 2013 has stepped down from his role. Mick Bohan who has served in the backroom team with the Dublin footballers is joining the Clare setup while Ephie Fitzgerald a trainer has been added to the Waterford management having put his name forward for the Cork managerial position losing out to Peadar Healy in the contest.