Thursday 29 September 2016

Former All-Ireland winner who recovered from serious head injury given inter-county management role

Published 11/11/2015 | 21:05

Ronan Clarke in action for Armagh in 2009
Ronan Clarke in action for Armagh in 2009

Former Armagh All-Ireland winner Ronan Clarke has been named as the county’s new ladies senior football team manager, just three months after he was left in a coma following a serious head injury.

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Clarke, who was on the 2002 All-Ireland winning side, collided with a goalpost while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship, but make a quick and full recovery after he was rushed to intensive care.

He collided with a goalpost at speed during the game and was rushed to intensive care at Craigavon Area Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Clarke is bringing former Fermanagh ladies boss Lisa Woods with him while his brother Conor will also serve on the new backroom team.

Armagh ladies chairman Owen Reel said: “Ronan Clarke will bring the same commitment and dedication to this Armagh ladies set up that he had when he played and we wish Ronan all the best for the incoming season of 2016.”

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