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Former Laois U-21 boss named new Stradbally manager

Derek Conroy is the new Stradbally manager

For the third year in a row, the Stradbally footballers will have a different manager in place.

Barney Maher decided to bring his second stint in charge of his native club to an end after just one year and the Little Town have turned to former Laois U-21 manager Derek Conroy to succeed him.

The Rock native is an All-Ireland winner as he was centre back on Laois minor team in 1996.

Conroy made his Laois senior debut the following year and played for his county up until 2006.

Conroy lost a senior club final with The Rock against Stradbally in 1998 and he was also on the Laois team that lost the All Ireland U-21 final against Kerry in the same year.

In terms of managerial experience, Conroy led Kilcavan to a junior football title in 2013 when Mick Tarpey’s hat-trick saw them stun Courtwood.

After that, he went on to become the Laois U-21 football manager in 2015 and 2016 where his side were beaten by Dublin on both occasions.

Conroy will be joined by former Laois and Stradbally defender Paul Begley in his management team as a selector.

Paul Begley

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