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Former Laois manager takes the reins at football club ahead of championship

Sean Dempsey

Sean Dempsey is set to be a very busy man over the next few months as he has taken charge of a second football club.

The former Laois manager started out the year as the boss of Ferbane but he will now be double jobbing as manager of Timahoe too.

Timahoe had former Carlow footballer Brian Kelly in charge but it is understood he stepped away for personal reasons during the Covid-19 shutdown.

That left Timahoe in a scramble to find a replacement mid-season but Dempsey has answered the call.

Timahoe take on Crettyard in the opening round of the intermediate football championship next Thursday.

They have been in the intermediate grade since 2014 and have been beaten in finals in both 2014 and 2016. They have suffered a dip in form in recent years, though, and only survived relegation to the junior grade last year when they beat St Joseph’s in a playoff.

His Ferbane side got their championship underway last Friday with a hard-fought 1-12 to 1-8 win over Edenderry.

They had to play for 40 minutes of the game with 14 men following the dismissal of Offaly hurler Oisin Kelly but the reigning champions prevailed.

Ferbane’s next game is on Sunday August 9 against Bracknagh while their final group match is on Sunday August 23 against Shamrocks.

Meanwhile, Timahoe are out in Round 1 of the Intermediate championship on Thursday August 6.

Round 2 has yet to be scheduled but it would appear there will be no fixture clashes between the two counties for Dempsey to contend with in August at the very least.

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