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Ronan Clarke helps Tullysaran capture their first title

By John Campbell

Published 08/10/2015

Recovered: Ronan Clarke suffered a serious head injury
Recovered: Ronan Clarke suffered a serious head injury

When Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winning player Ronan Clarke was rushed to hospital with a serious head injury following his club Pearse Og's recent championship game against Maghery, it was felt that this might bring down the curtain on his GAA career.

But the 32-year-old former Young Player of the Year, now recovered from his traumatic ordeal, has bounced back into the spotlight by helping to oversee Tullysaran's success in the Armagh Junior Championship

It's the first major title to come the way of this homely club which is located close to the Armagh-Tyrone border.

Clarke's imprimatur was very much in evidence when Tullysaran, a potent amalgam of youth and experience, beat Clonmore by 1-13 to 0-8 in a riveting decider at the Athletic Grounds.

Former Armagh minor ace Patrick Comiskey was a key player in the Tullysaran side and, just like Clarke in his prime, proved a master finisher.

Clarke's coaching was certainly evident in the team's forward division in particular and afterwards he expressed himself "delighted" with the outcome.

"Pearse Donnelly and Malachy McGahan have been doing a great job with this team and I was just lending a hand," said the modest Clarke.

"It's good to see the younger players in particular in this Tullysaran side getting a taste of success as this can undoubtedly prove the spur for them to push for more honours and thus make their club stronger overall," the former All-Ireland winner added.

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