Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brennan rules out dual role with Clare

Clare football captain Gary Brennan. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Clare football captain Gary Brennan. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Clare football captain Gary Brennan says he has no intentions of turning his hand to inter-county hurling after winning his first senior club hurling title with Ballyea.

Brennan starred at full-forward as Ballyea claimed a first county senior crown in their history at the weekend; they go on to face Thurles Sarsfields in the Munster championship next Sunday.

Brennan hit a stunning 1-2 in the first 11 minutes and was also denied a second goal by a brilliant Ger O'Connell save as Ballyea won their first Canon Hamilton Cup just 14 years after graduating to the senior grade for the first time.

Brennan plays his club football with neighbours Clondegad, but after his All-Star nomination this year, he says he will stick to the big ball at the higher grade.

"I don't even need to answer that, no, no," said Brennan. "I've always played hurling, Ballyea is my home club. I go next door to play football and that's how I'm known as a Clondegad man.

"I'm very proud to represent Ballyea. I met Eddie Liddy there, he was our primary school teacher in Ballyea. It was him who started us all off on the hurling road. It was very special to meet him there on a day like today after achieving what we have.

"It's hard to put it into words. It's obviously something we've never experienced before and it's a little bit surreal at the moment as it sinks in. It's great.

"We've come from junior and now we're senior champions in Clare; it's a fantastic feeling."

Irish Independent

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