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Former Laois footballer set to take the reigns at Ballyroan-Abbey for a second time

Padraig Clancy

They say in life you should never go back – but this Laois club and their new manager will be hoping for a happy reunion in 2020.

Ballyroan-Abbey have appointed a new manager for the 2020 season – and it is someone that the majority of their players will know very well.

Former Laois footballer Padraig Clancy will take charge next year in what will be his second spell at the club.

He succeeds a management team of Liam Irwin, Noel Delaney and player Padraig McMahon who have been there for the last two years.

In 2018, Ballyroan-Abbey reached the Laois quarter final where they lost out to Portlaoise.

And this year, they went down by 1-15 to 2-11 to St Joseph’s in Round 3.

Clancy had previously spent two years in charge of Ballyroan-Abbey – 2015 and 2016.

His first term started with a championship win over Crettyard but defeats against The Heath and Graiguecullen followed to end their journey in Round 3.

2016 went better as they defeated Mountmellick Gaels and Ballylinan to reach the quarter final where they lost 3-10 to 2-10 to Arles-Killeen.

Clancy then spent two years at Graiguecullen where he brought them to back-to-back semi finals before returning to his native Timahoe last year.

He became part of Liam Ramsbottom’s backroom team but Timahoe endured a difficult year with one point defeats to Clonaslee and Mountmellick sending them to a Intermediate relegation final where they prevailed against St Joseph’s.

And LaoisToday understands that Clancy will be bringing former Laois Ladies manager Tom McKittrick, who was under Ramsbottom in Timahoe this year, over to Ballyroan-Abbey with him for next season.

Ballyroan-Abbey are the third team to appoint new managers for 2020 following St Joseph’s and Killeshin.

Tom McKittrick

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