The Carlow Ladies football team will have a very familiar face prowling the sidelines next season.
Former Emo and Annanough goalkeeper Gerry McGill has been named as manager for 2019.
McGill takes over from Bart Gilmartin who has held the reigns since 2017.
The Donegal native, who represented his county at U-21 and senior level has had simply incredible career as a player and a manager.
McGill enrolled in UCD in the late 1990s and started playing Sigerson and also League of Ireland football with the college. A couple of years later he bought a house in Carlow and moved down and joined Eire Og, with whom he won a county title.
It was the second in his career as he’d won a Dublin championship with UCD in 2002 – alongside future Laois and Emo footballer Billy Sheehan.
His first foray into management was in UCD; during his time there he managed several teams including the ladies with whom he won the O’Connor Cup on three occasions.
He then went on to manage some club teams as well as the Laois ladies before getting the job as the Dublin ladies manager.
In 2010, he led them to All-Ireland glory. From there, McGill went on to work with the Tipperary men’s and Ladies teams as coach of the former and manager of the latter.
He transferred to Emo in 2012 and played in goals as they claimed the Laois IFC title.
McGill then went on to represent Annanough in 2015 when they reached the IFC decider only to lose to Clonaslee-St Manman’s.
He was also a selector with the Laois senior football team under Tomas Ó Flatharta in 2014 and 2015.
McGill was named as a selector with the Laois U-20s under manager Billy O’Loughlin earlier this year but departed that role a short time later.
Speaking about the appointment Kathleen Mullins, Carlow Ladies Chairperson, said: “To have someone of Gerry’s calibre and level of professionalism in place has created a buzz in the County and can help build on the progression over the last two years.”
Carlow narrowly missed out on a semi-final place in this year’s All-Ireland junior championship.
They will compete in Division 4 of the league.