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Patrick O' Connor - Tubber & Clare

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Patrick O Connor has called it a Day at Intercounty Level though still a relatively young man of 31.
Injuries have forced him to call a premature end to a fine career he was a very stylish Defender and owes us nothing at this stage and I want to thank him for his contribution to Clare & wish him many more enjoyable years with Tubber

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 779 - 16/11/2022 12:54:07    2447761

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Stylish defender ? He relied a lot on physical play anytime I saw him playing Limerick.

OpenStand (Limerick) - Posts: 417 - 16/11/2022 13:08:39    2447762

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Replying To clooney:  "Patrick O Connor has called it a Day at Intercounty Level though still a relatively young man of 31.
Injuries have forced him to call a premature end to a fine career he was a very stylish Defender and owes us nothing at this stage and I want to thank him for his contribution to Clare & wish him many more enjoyable years with Tubber"
Indeed, the very best of luck to the man in retirement from the county scene, and that he may have many good years left with Tubber. I'm surprised to learn that he's only 31. In reading about his retirement, I learn that only four of the 2013 panel remain hurling with Clare. It makes me wonder, where did they all go? What happened all that great talent? Mismanagement is my own assessment. But I'm not clued in that well to what's happening on the ground in Clare hurling, so my assessment might be off the mark. It was a very young team though, with seemingly other great days ahead. But the decade has taken its toll and has proved otherwise.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1395 - 16/11/2022 13:19:24    2447768

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Indeed, the very best of luck to the man in retirement from the county scene, and that he may have many good years left with Tubber. I'm surprised to learn that he's only 31. In reading about his retirement, I learn that only four of the 2013 panel remain hurling with Clare. It makes me wonder, where did they all go? What happened all that great talent? Mismanagement is my own assessment. But I'm not clued in that well to what's happening on the ground in Clare hurling, so my assessment might be off the mark. It was a very young team though, with seemingly other great days ahead. But the decade has taken its toll and has proved otherwise."
Off the top of my head a number have had bad injuries.
Galvin, Honan, O'Connor, McGrath. Conor Ryan to illness. I'm sure I'm missing more.
Podge was also a big loss.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3670 - 16/11/2022 14:05:55    2447774

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Indeed, the very best of luck to the man in retirement from the county scene, and that he may have many good years left with Tubber. I'm surprised to learn that he's only 31. In reading about his retirement, I learn that only four of the 2013 panel remain hurling with Clare. It makes me wonder, where did they all go? What happened all that great talent? Mismanagement is my own assessment. But I'm not clued in that well to what's happening on the ground in Clare hurling, so my assessment might be off the mark. It was a very young team though, with seemingly other great days ahead. But the decade has taken its toll and has proved otherwise."
Alos your figure of just 4 is not accurate from a quick look. Where did youleanr this from?

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3670 - 16/11/2022 14:07:40    2447775

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Replying To OpenStand:  "Stylish defender ? He relied a lot on physical play anytime I saw him playing Limerick."
he was a very fine hurler very sporting remember him with Seamus Callinan at end of Match in 2018 in Thurles

Have a look next time at your own Defenders not exactly Ballet Dancers then know a thing or two about the dark arts all right.

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 779 - 16/11/2022 16:16:44    2447806

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Off the top of my head a number have had bad injuries.
Galvin, Honan, O'Connor, McGrath. Conor Ryan to illness. I'm sure I'm missing more.
Podge was also a big loss."
Domhnall O'Donovan finished at 27 or 28 to focus on his career, Honan had to retire at club level too.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 237 - 16/11/2022 17:54:19    2447817

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Alos your figure of just 4 is not accurate from a quick look. Where did youleanr this from?"
It's in the press: Conlon, Kelly, O'Donnell and McInerney. Name anyone else!

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1395 - 17/11/2022 14:31:24    2447931

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "It's in the press: Conlon, Kelly, O'Donnell and McInerney. Name anyone else!"
Paul Flanagan and Peter Duggan were part of the setup in 2013..

Jamie Shanahan and Pat Donnellan also had their Clare hurling days cut short due to injury

Ban (Westmeath) - Posts: 1302 - 17/11/2022 15:21:22    2447941

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "It's in the press: Conlon, Kelly, O'Donnell and McInerney. Name anyone else!"
Theres at least 6 straight off the top of my head. Google it! All said and done they were a very young team but at the end of the day 2013 is 10 seasons ago now at the start of next season. Thats a long time in sport.

From 2014 (granted we didnt win) I think Tipp may only have 3 left from a panel of 33 and I wouldnt be so sure that Bonner or Seamie play much of a part next year. From the same year Kk will have a max of 6 left and I'd be very surprised if all 6 are in the panel next year. TJ was the only regular starter from that 6 this year.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3670 - 18/11/2022 09:45:53    2448003

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Best of luck to him in his retirement. Hon Tubber!!!

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 18/11/2022 10:15:40    2448008

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Replying To clooney:  "he was a very fine hurler very sporting remember him with Seamus Callinan at end of Match in 2018 in Thurles

Have a look next time at your own Defenders not exactly Ballet Dancers then know a thing or two about the dark arts all right."
No Limerick players booked in Munster final,AI semi final or final-that's discipline and sportsmanship when the pressure is at its highest.

updwell (Limerick) - Posts: 684 - 18/11/2022 16:02:35    2448087

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When Galway and Clare played each other in the 2018 semi final, Pat from Tubber was captain and David Burke from Thomas's was galway captain, they both live less than 20 minutes from each other's parish, only Gort between them. Is this closest captains from two different counties have been?

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 18/11/2022 19:14:20    2448113

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Alos your figure of just 4 is not accurate from a quick look. Where did youleanr this from?"
I am indeed incorrect. Paul Shanahan and Peter Duggan are also still hurling for Clare. But the point I'm trying to make is 'what happened to that team?' It was a really young team.

Let's compare it to say the Tipp team of 2010. That was a new brand too in Tipp at the time. That they hadn't won more after was considered a waste for a while. Then 2016 came along. And a handful of those 2010 fellas were still there in 2019. The landscape now on the Mahers, Noel McGrath and Callanan is quite different; great careers.

3 AI medals in any career is a great achievement, even in Tipperary. If you doubt me, just go ask The Babs.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1395 - 19/11/2022 11:44:35    2448147

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