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Three Laois intermediate clubs reappoint managers for 2021 season

Sean Dempsey

Three Laois intermediate football clubs have confirmed their managers for the 2021 season.

Former Laois manager Sean Dempsey is set to be very busy whenever action resumes as he will take charge of Timahoe once again.

Dempsey stepped in late last year when original manager Brian Kelly, the former Carlow footballer, was unable to continue.

But the St Joseph’s native will combine this job with his role as manager of Ballinteer-St John’s in Dublin.

Timahoe endured a disappointing campaign last season as defeats to Crettyard and O’Dempsey’s left them in a second successive relegation final – which they won against Annanough.

Meanwhile, The Rock have managed to hold onto their manager Declan Mullally for 2021.

The Gracefield native, who also formerly played for O’Dempsey’s, improved their fortunes last year as they reached the semi final but lost out to eventual champions Clonaslee.

While defeated finalists Crettyard have also reappointed their outgoing boss Sean Murphy.

Sean, from Crookstown in Kildare, is a former dual player with St Laurence’s in Kildare and Mount Leinster Rangers in Carlow.

They looked odds on for an immediate return to the senior ranks following their 2019 relegation as they hammered Timahoe, Portlaoise and Mountmellick en route to the final.

But they were just edged out by Clonaslee in the decider and will hope for better next year.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.