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No PR firm for Clare hurlers

CLARE GAA has not formally hired a public relations consultant to work with the senior hurling set-up, according to board chairman, Michael McDonagh .
News of Colm Galvin’s arrival back in Clare from the US on Tuesday was announced officially via Dunphy PR, a Connolly-based company owned by Mark Dunphy. The media release, it was stated, was “issued on behalf of the Clare senior hurling management and players”.

“The 2013 All-Star midfielder’s return to the Clare panel has been welcomed by senior hurling manager, Davy Fitzgerald,” it read.

In response to a Clare Champion query, Michael McDonagh said, “The Clare County Board have not hired a PR consultant. However, Dunphy PR is advising the county board in a voluntary capacity on how best to communicate with the media.”

He maintained that this is a proactive step and one that may be formalised at a later date.

“Clare GAA is a high profile organisation and, like other organisations of similar status, it is important all public messages be communicated in a professional and timely manner. The matter of engaging Dunphy PR on an arranged basis in the future will be discussed and considered going forward by Clare GAA. Mark Dunphy is a proud Clare man and we are delighted with the assistance and advice he has provided us to date,” Mr McDonagh concluded.

By Peter O’Connell

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