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Current player and former All-Star take the reins at Ballyroan-Abbey

Padraig McMahon will be a co-manager of Ballyroan-Abbey with Liam Irwin
Padraig McMahon

Ballyroan-Abbey have put in place a very impressive management team for the 2018 season.

Following the departure of Pat Ryan, we revealed that they had appointed former Arles-Killeen and Graiguecullen manager Joe Higgins.

But the St Joseph’s native made contact with Ballyroan again over Christmas and informed him that due to extra work commitments, he was no longer in a position to fill the role.

The club was on the hunt for a suitable candidate ever since and have decided on two in the end – current player Pádraig McMahon and former All-Star Liam Irwin.

The latter played at midfield on the 1986 team which won the National League title that same year.

Liam also picked up an All-Star award that year and in 1992, he won his only Laois Senior Football Championship title with his club Ballyroan.

Padraig McMahon is steeped in Ballyroan-Abbey and was a key member of the team which won the senior championship in 2006.

He made his debut for the Laois senior footballers in 2005 and played for the O’Moore men up until 2017 but is not involved this year.

The Laois team before their ill-fated clash against Wicklow in Aughrim in 1986. Pictures: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

McMahon and Irwin will act as co-managers for the season ahead with their first competitive games set to come in Division 1B on March 19 away to Arles-Kilcruise.

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