Ennis teen stars in Munster Shield win

Ennis teen stars in Munster Shield win


Ennis RFC and Rockwell College star Oisín Mangan

A Clare native has been making waves on the schools’ rugby scene by lifting one of the province’s most prestigious trophies.

Ennis teenager Oisin Mangan helped Rockwell College, the noted rugby school in Tipperary, on their way to winning the Munster A U18 schools Bowen Shield in Clanwilliam Park on Wednesday.

Scrum-half Oisin, who is also an Ennis RFC clubman, played his part in an immense second half display which saw Rockwell defeat Cork-based Bandon Grammar 25 points to 8.

Rockwell beat all the top schools in Munster in their quest for this title beating CBC & Pres from Cork along with St Munchins and Crescent Comp from Limerick on the way.

Oisin, who is a life member of Ennis RFC, started his rugby with Ennis as a six-year-old and remains a proud clubman while continuing to develop through the schools system.

Rockwell College is one of the leading rugby schools in Munster and has a long tradition with Co Clare with many students past and present attending the famous College.

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.