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Conleith Gilligan joins Armagh backroom team

Conleith Gilligan along the line with Edendork in their Tyrone championship defeat by Trillick on Saturday. The Ballinderry man has joined the Armagh backroom team for next year. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

CONLEITH Gilligan has been added to the Armagh backroom team, The Irish News understands.

The former Derry forward will join Kieran McGeeney's coaching ticket for the manager's tenth season in charge of his native county.

Gilligan will share coaching duties with Ciaran McKeever and Kieran Donaghy after the Kerry man having confirmed last week that he is staying for a fourth season.

Under Mickey Moran, the Ballinderry man and Richie Thornton coached Kilcoo as they guided the Down side to a first ever All-Ireland club title in 2021/22, an achievement Gilligan had managed as a player twenty years earlier.

When Moran stepped down after that final, the coaching duo – who had previously taken Coalisland to a Tyrone final together – took up the reins, retaining the Down title but losing a gripping Ulster final to Glen last winter.

They then stepped down and Gilligan headed for Edendork, whose hopes of a dark horse success in the Tyrone championship were dashed by a stoppage time Lee Brennan winner for Trillick on Saturday.

Having secured Division One status with a strong finish to the season, they had knocked last year's finalists Carrickmore out in the first round last weekend.

It's unclear at this stage whether Gilligan will remain in charge of the club next season.

Despite only having only retired from club football in 2018, his coaching career goes back to 2010 when he helped Naomh Conaill to a Donegal title. His first-hand experience of Armagh club football was a spell with Maghery in 2015.

Meanwhile, Louth have called a county committee meeting for Monday night at which they are expected to appoint former Dublin star Ger Brennan as their new manager.

Ex-Down boss James McCartan and Niall Moyna are speculated to be joining him as part of the setup.



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