Thursday 19 July 2018

Donal Óg Cusack has resigned from positions at Clare hurlers and Sport Ireland

Donal Óg Cusack says he showed a lack of judgement with his character reference for paedophile Tom Humphries. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Donal Óg Cusack says he showed a lack of judgement with his character reference for paedophile Tom Humphries. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Donal Óg Cusack has resigned from his role with the Clare hurlers and his position on the board of Sport Ireland.

The former Cork goalkeeper confirmed the news this evening in a statement.

"I have informed the Clare County Board, Clare senior hurling management and players that I will not be resuming my position as coach in 2018," he said.

"I wish everyone involved the very best both on and off the field.

"I have many good memories that I carry with me from Clare hurling and I am grateful to all who have shared in creating those."

Cusack also informed the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, of his decision to step down from his duties with Sport Ireland.

"I have informed the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport of my decision to resign from the Board of Sport Ireland, with immediate effect.

"I do not wish any controversy to detract from the important work of the Board.

"It was an honour to serve and I wish all involved in Sport Ireland continued success."

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that Cusack was no longer involved with Clare's preparations for 2018 and was absent from a meeting of players and management in the past week.

Clare are due to travel to Boston next month to take part in the Fenway Hurling Classic alongside Dublin, Tipperary and Galway.

The three-time All Ireland winner with Cork retired from hurling in 2013 and spent three years as a pundit on the Sunday Game before joining the Clare backroom team.

He was on the board of Sport Ireland since October 2015.

Cusack has come under criticism is recent weeks after he wrote a character reference for convicted paedophile Tom Humphries, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail today.

He has apologised for his lack of judgment in writing the letter.

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