Saturday 20 July 2019

Former All-Ireland winning manager John O'Mahony takes over Westmeath club for 2019

John O’Mahony watches his Mayo team of 2010 losing their qualifier to Longford Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
John O’Mahony watches his Mayo team of 2010 losing their qualifier to Longford Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Frank Roche

Former All-Ireland-winning boss John O'Mahony has taken on a new managerial role - in charge of Westmeath club The Downs.

It's a notable coup for The Downs, who secured the last of their nine Westmeath SFC titles back in 2005.

In a long and decorated football career, the Fine Gael senator and former TD has managed his native Mayo twice, Leitrim (to an historic Connacht title in 1994) and most famously Galway (to All-Ireland SFC titles in '98 and 2001).

The Downs have recently hosted two O'Byrne Cup fixtures at their well-appointed venue, east of Mullingar, and now they have revealed their ambition for a return to on-field glory.

A statement on the club website reveals: "The club are delighted to confirm John O'Mahony as our senior football manager for the season ahead along with selectors Tommy Kelly, Brian Murtagh, Marc Cunningham and physio Kevin Darcy. We wish them all the very best for 2019.

"We also wish to sincerely thank outgoing manager Steven Cleary and his various selectors over the last two years, a period which included two league promotions, an U21 championship, reaching the knockout stages of the SFC in both years and a semi-final appearance in last year's JFC."

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