GOLF: Ronan Mullarney selected for Home Internationals 

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Ronan Mullarney (Galway). Picture by Pat Cashman

Galway’s Ronan Mullarney has been selected on the Irish team for the upcoming Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club in Wales from September 12-14th. 

The 22-year-old has had an impressive summer winning the Northern Ireland Amateur Open in July allowing him compete with the professionals the following month.

Mullarney also competed in the International Palmer Cup in France when Ireland battled bravely against the United States and was silver medalists at the Irish Amateur Championships.  And only last week (August 29th – 31st), he scored five out of a possible six points for Connacht at the Interprovincials in Athenry Golf Club.

Mullarney is part of an 11-man team that also includes Alex Gleeson (whose 2017 Irish Close title defence was ended by the Galway man), Robin Dawson and Conor Purcell (both are representing Ireland at the World Amateur Team Championship the week beforehand).

Ireland will be aiming to win an unprecedented fifth Raymond Trophy in a row but start as just second favourites (3/1) behind England (2/5).  Scotland (11/2) and Wales (33/1) are not expected to be among the serious contenders.

The team will be captained by Bandon’s John Condon but Mullarney won’t be the only Galway man representing his country over the three-day event.  Athenry’s Niall McSweeney holds the role of Team Manager as Ireland try to create history.

Irish Team: Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), Mark Power (Kilkenny), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), James Sugrue (Mallow), Jonathan Yates (Naas).

Team Captain: John Carroll (Bandon)

Team Manager: Niall MacSweeney (Athenry) 

National Coach: Neil Manchip