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Former Laois footballer transfers to Munster club ahead of championship

Billy Sheehan with sons Timmy and Billy

Former Laois footballer Billy Sheehan has transferred to Clare football side Cratloe ahead of the upcoming club championships.

The former Emo and Laois attacker has departed St Jude’s in Dublin where he has been playing since 2015.

Cratloe last won the Clare championship in 2014 and were beaten in the semi final of the competition in the last three seasons – most recently by Kilmurray-Ibricken last year.

They are managed by Clare boss Colm Collins and have players like Podge Collins and Conor McGrath.

This will be Sheehan’s 24th year playing championship football in a career that has saw him win club titles in Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Laois.

He made his debut for his home club Austin Stacks in 1997 and went on to play for UCC in Cork.

He won the Cork championship with UCC back in 1999, defeating Nemo Rangers after a replay – and going on to win the Munster club championship.

In 2001, Sheehan was back with Austin Stacks and lost the Kerry final to An Gaeltacht but went on to win one in 2003 with his native club.

In 2006, he won the Dublin decider as a student in UCD against St Vincent’s.

Sheehan was then part of the Emo team that won the Laois IFC title in 2012 before transferring to Jude’s in 2015.

Billy Sheehan in action for Emo against Arles Killeen in the SFC at O’Moore Park.

He was also part of the St Jude’s team that reached their first ever senior decider in 2018 – where he also won an intermediate title having lined out with the club’s second string earlier in the year.

Sheehan played for Laois from 2005 to 2015 and contested Leinster finals in 2005 and 2007.

Billy Sheehan of St Jude's shares a joke with Jordan Briggs of Naomh Mearnóg during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match
Billy Sheehan of St Jude’s shares a joke with Jordan Briggs of Naomh Mearnóg during the Dublin County Senior Club Football Championship Round 1 match in 2017

He has also been heavily involved with a number of clubs and counties in a coaching and managerial capacity over the years.

Sheehan managed UCD in 2007, coached Ballyroan-Abbey in 2011 where they lost the IFC decider to Killeshin and in 2019, he managed Palatine in Carlow to the senior final where they were defeated by Eire Og.

Billy Sheehan is being linked with a role in the Offaly senior footballers backroom team
Billy Sheehan was previoulsly part of the Cork senior football backroom team

Sheehan was part of Peadar Healy’s Cork senior football backroom team during 2016 and 2017 and joined Stephen Wallace at Offaly in 2018.

So if Sheehan does line out for Cratloe this summer, between coaching and playing, it will be the 32nd club championship campaign that he has been involved in.

Billy Sheehan controls this ball for Laois against Ronan Flanagan, DCU in the O’Byrne Cup at Portarlington in 2009.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Cratloe will begin their campaign in August against Lissycasey.

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