Conlon and Galvin returns boost Banner ahead of Munster tilt
There was good news for Clare joint-managers Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney over the weekend as Colm Galvin and John Conlon returned from injury to feature in club action for Clonlara.
Former All-Star midfielder Galvin recovered from a hand injury in Clonlara's Clare Cup third round clash against Peter Duggan's Clooney Quin on Sunday as they ran out 2-19 to 1-14 winners.
Conlon didn't start but his ten-minute second-half cameo off the bench was his first competitive action since limping off with an ankle injury in the Banner's League victory over Wexford in February.
The return of last year's All-Star full-forward is a huge boost with Conlon - a focal point in the Clare attack having weighed in with 1-27 from play over seven games last summer - sorely missed as they limped out of this year's League.
The pair's return to fitness is a timely boost ahead of the Banner's Munster SHC opener against Waterford in Walsh Park on May 12 and it comes hot on the heels of Shane O'Donnell's return to the fold.
Having spent recent months in Boston after being awarded a scholarship in the renowned Harvard College to continue his studies for a PhD in microbiology, O'Donnell adds to their attacking options for the provincial series.
Meanwhile, defender Liam Varley has re-joined Joe Quaid's Westmeath hurling squad after missing out on their Division 2A League success.
The Castletown-Geoghegan defender adds to the depth of their squad but Quaid must plan without highly-rated goalkeeper Paddy Carroll, part of last year's Joe McDonagh Cup Team of the Year.
Quaid opted for Raharney youngster Aaron McHugh in the latter stages of the League and he is expected to be between the posts again when they host Offaly in next month's Joe McDonagh Cup opener.