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Former Laois and Borris-Kilcotton hurler named Roscommon manager

Borris-Kilcotton man Ciaran Comerford has landed the Roscommon senior hurling manager's job for 2018

A former Laois and Borris-Kilcotton player has been named as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team.

Ciarán Comerford, who hurled with Borris-Kilcotton up until 2014, and is a native of Kilcotton, was ratified into the role at a meeting last week.

A former underage Laois player, Comerford transferred to Portumna in Galway in 2015 due to work and family commitments transferred to Portumna where he has since represented them at both Junior and Senior hurling grades.

There he still plays and is described by Borris-Kilcotton PRO Trevor Moore as ‘a super free taker’.

Comerford has been involved in coaching for a number of years at both club and county level.

He was in charge of Borris-Kilcotton’s U-21s alongside the aforementioned Moore this year and was a selector on the Laois U-21 team under Cheddar Plunkett in the past.

Ciaran has 13 years’ experience in managing and coaching at all grades from U14 to Senior in both hurling and camogie.

And just this season, he coached the Roscommon Senior Hurlers the season just gone under Johnny Kelly.

Comerford’s backroom team will include Johnny Keane of Portumna as a coach and Gary Murphy as strength and conditioning coach.

Roscommon were actually relegated from the Christy Ring Cup this year after losing to Mayo.

However, due to the restructuring of hurling for 2018, Roscommon will now remain in the competition.

The draw for the Christy Ring Cup sees Roscommon in Group One alongside Kildare, Wicklow and Mayo.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.