Monday 22 January 2018

A long way from Clare for Parnells' boss McDermott

Micheal McDermott
Micheal McDermott
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

One of Dublin's top clubs has sourced a new manager of their senior football team who lives over 150 miles away from the capital.

Former Clare manager Micheal McDermott is to be appointed as manager of Parnells, the club of Dublin's All-Ireland winning captain Stephen Cluxton.

McDermott, who is based in Ennis, is originally from Cavan and had been in the frame for both the Longford and Fermanagh positions in recent months. Those roles instead went to Jack Sheedy and Pete McGrath respectively.

McDermott has plenty of club experience too, having guided Kilmurry-Ibrickane to the All-Ireland final in 2010, when they lost to St Gall's.

Parnells have a reputation for drawing players from all over the country -- they have a host of current and former inter-county stars including Mayo's Conor Mortimer, Colm Begley of Laois and Wexford's Aindreas Doyle in their ranks.

Former Crossmaglen player John Murtagh has also played for them in recent years.

Parnells were previously managed by Paul Bealin, who has since moved on to manage Westmeath.

McDermott spent three years in charge of Clare, the highlights of which were reaching the 2012 Munster final, which they lost to Cork, and almost beating Down in a Cusack Park qualifier 12 months earlier.

Irish Independent

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