New Clare IHC winners are managed by a 26-year-old!

November 02, 2021

A view of Cusack Park, Ennis before the Munster SHC round 3 clash between Clare and Tipperary. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

GAA anoraks are asking themselves if Tony Gleeson is the youngest manager ever to win a county championship.

At 26, the Tipperary native was younger than some of the players on the Smith O'Briens team he guided to a 0-14 to 0-12 victory over St Joseph's, Doora/Barefield in what was only their second ever appearance in a Clare IHC final last weekend. 

The Burgess clubman has been coaching adult teams since his teenage years and previously coached the Killaloe-Bridgetown club in 2018 and '19 before taking a break last year to finish his Masters Degree.

Incidentally, St Joseph's - who won the All-Ireland club title in 1999 with Clare legends Jamesie O'Connor, Ollie Baker and Seanie McMahon on board - were coached by former Limerick All-Ireland winning forward Shane Dowling.


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