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Offaly football manager Liam Kearns dies suddenly

Liam Kearns, who died suddenly on Sunday evening
Liam Kearns, who died suddenly on Sunday evening Liam Kearns, who died suddenly on Sunday evening

The GAA world is in mourning after the sudden death of Offaly football manager Liam Kearns.

The Tralee native took over as Offaly boss from John Maughan last August, with the county currently in the mix for promotion from Division 3.

On the county stage, Kearns previously managed Limerick, Laois and Tipperary, guiding the latter to an All-Ireland semi-final appearance in 2016.

During his playing career he won an All-Ireland minor medal with Kerry in 1980, before playing on U21 and and senior panels.

A statement from Offaly GAA read: "Offaly GAA is devastated to learn of the sudden passing this evening of our senior football manager, Liam Kearns. In his short period of time as manager of the senior footballers, Liam made a hugely positive impact and he was extremely well respected by everyone associated with Offaly GAA.

"Offaly GAA extend deepest sympathies to his wife Angela and daughters Rachel & Laura. May he rest in peace."