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James McCartan factfile

Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00

Personal details

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Age: 39

Born: Tullylish, Down

Club: Burren (originally Tullylish)

Occupation: Quarry manager

Playing honours



  • 2 Hogan Cup medals (1986 and 1988) with St Colman's Newry.
  • 1 All-Ireland minor medal (1987).
  • 2 Sigerson Cup (third level) medals with Queen's University (1990 and 1993).
  • 2 All-Ireland senior medals with Down in 1991 (v Meath) and 1994 (v Dublin).
  • 2 Ulster titles (1991, 1994)


Managerial history



  • Led Queen's to a 'freshers' title in 2002 and four subsequent Sigerson Cup finals, guiding them to a third-level league and championship double in 2007.
  • Also managed some high-profile clubs like Burren (Down), St Gall's (Antrim) and, most recently, Derry side Ballinderry before getting the county job.
  • Had no inter-county managerial experience when he took over the Down job from Ross Carr last September. Got the role ahead of Peter McGrath, the county's two-time All-Ireland winning senior manager, who led Down to last year's All-Ireland U-21 final.


Did you know?



  • McCartan was only 16 when he won his All-Ireland minor medal.
  • He was only 19 when he won his first All Star in 1990, a year before winning his first All-Ireland senior medal.
  • McCartan's father James was on Down's historic All-Ireland winning teams of 1960 and '61 and his own younger brother Daniel is a corner-back on the Down team he manages.
  • McCartan is the fourth of Down's All-Ireland winning team of the '90s to manage their county seniors. Paddy O'Rourke was replaced by Ross Carr (with DJ Kane) and then came McCartan.


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