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Clare GAA have announced the appointment of Brian Lohan as their senior manager on a two-year term with an option of a third year.

Following a drawn-out process that was highly criticised, Lohan was nominated for the position alongside Louis Mulqueen however the Liam Mellows manager withdrew from the process earlier this month to focus on the Galway Senior Hurling Championship.

“This week I am concentrating on the Galway Club Semi-Final”, Mulqueen said in a statement.

“It has been an honour to have been nominated for the position of Clare Senior Hurling manager and I am grateful for the overwhelming support and good wishes coming in from all sources.

“I now, after careful consideration have decided that I am currently not in a position to allow my name to go forward. I wish the new manager and Clare hurling all the best.”

Lohan takes over from joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor who led the side to two Munster finals and an All-Ireland semi-final appearance last year.

Moloney informed the county board that he would not be seeking a further term at the start of October following O’Connor’s departure at the end of Clare’s championship season.

Lohan enjoyed a 13-year career with the Banner County, winning two All-Ireland titles, three Munster crowns and four All-Star awards during that time.

The 47-year-old has had various management roles with his club Wolfe Tones while he was also in charge of Limerick side Patrickswell before taking over as the Fitzgibbon Cup manager of University of Limerick who he led to the title in 2015.

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