James McCartan factfile
Born: Tullylish, Down
Club: Burren (originally Tullylish)
Occupation: Quarry manager
- 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)
- 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.