Sunday 23 October 2016

Dempsey to assist search for new Laois football boss

Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30

Kilkenny selector Mick Dempsey will also be helping search for a new Laois manager
Kilkenny selector Mick Dempsey will also be helping search for a new Laois manager

Mick Dempsey may have his sights set on an eighth All-Ireland hurling title as Kilkenny selector and physical trainer but he has also been busy heading the process to find the next Laois football manager.

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Dempsey is heading up a committee which also includes chairman Gerry Kavanagh and treasurer Martin Byrne as they seek to find a successor for Tomas O Flatharta who stepped down after two years in charge following a qualifier defeat to Antrim in June. They expect to have a candidate identified before the end of the month.

Dempsey was Laois manager back in the late 1990s, but has made a name for himself as arguably the top physical trainer in the GAA since linking up with Brian Cody in 2005. In the past he has expressed a desire to return to football management some day.

The Laois clubs have nominated three men: former Portlaoise manager and outgoing manager of the county minor team Mick Lillis and former players Leo Turley and Joe Higgins.

Higgins has been in charge of Arles-Killeen who reached last year's county final while Turley has had success with teams in Meath over the last decade and a half. The appointments committee is not confined to choosing the next manager from this trio and has the option of looking outside the county once again, having had three years with former Armagh footballer Justin McNulty in addition to O Flatharta's two years.

Meanwhile, the GAA have officially confirmed that the All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Mayo is a sell-out. No further tickets are available, guaranteeing an 82,300 sell-out.

Limerick and Wexford will play the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final on Saturday, September 12 in Semple Stadium at 7.0. The curtain-raiser will see Meath and Wicklow contest the All-Ireland U-21 'B' decider (throw-in 5.15).

Irish Independent

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