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Rory Gallagher steps down as Derry manager

Rory Gallagher has stepped down as Derry manager.

RORY Gallagher has stepped down as Derry manager.

The news was confirmed in a statement released by the Oak Leaf county board late on Tuesday evening.

Gallagher was last week accused of serious domestic abuse in an online post and a subsequent media interview his estranged wife, Nicola Gallagher.

The former Fermanagh forward said through a statement in response that the allegations had been "investigated and dealt with by the relevant authorities".

Police passed two files to the north’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in January and June 2022, but the evidence available was deemed insufficient and the case did not progress.

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Rory Gallagher was absent from Clones on Sunday as Derry claimed back-to-back Ulster titles for the first time in 47 years.

Derry GAA released a statement on Friday evening saying that their manager would “step back” from his duties.

Rory Gallagher, who stepped down as Derry senior manager on Friday


Gallagher was not in St Tiernach’s Park, with coaches Ciaran Meenagh and Enda Muldoon stepping up to assume control of the team.

Amid uncertainty over the long-term situation and whether Gallagher would possibly return to the sideline for their All-Ireland campaign that begins next weekend against Monaghan, Derry last night clarified that Gallagher has now stepped down as manager.

“Derry GAA can today confirm that Rory Gallagher has stepped down as the county’s senior football manager,” read their statement.

“Ciaran Meenagh will assume the role for the rest of the 2023 season.

“Derry GAA will be making no further comment at this time."

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Rory Gallagher with his estrange wife Nicola


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