Dolan takes Rosemount reins

December 02, 2019

New Rosemount manager Frankie Dolan.

Former St Brigid's and Roscommon forward Frankie Dolan is crossing the Shannon to manage Westmeath club side Rosemount.

An All-Ireland winner with St Brigid's in 2013, Dolan managed the Kiltoom club for three years from 2016 to 2018, winning back-to-back Roscommon SFC titles in his first two before losing last year's final to local rivals Clann na nGael.

He replaces Benny O'Brien, who coincidentally has taken the St Brigid's reins, at the Rosemount helm after they lost this year's Westmeath SFC quarter-final to the John O'Mahony-managed The Downs. Dolan has strong links with the Lake County, with his father Frankie Snr having played for both Athlone and Westmeath, while he is a first cousin of former All Star Dessie Dolan, who retired from club football following Garrycastle's Leinster club SFC semi-final defeat to Ballyboden St Enda's eight days ago.

Frankie will face another cousin, Gary Dolan, in Group 1 of next year's Westmeath SFC after he and John Keane agreed to take charge of Garrycastle for a third year.

Rosemount are one of the traditional giants of Westmeath football, but haven't lifted the Flanagan Cup in 30 years.

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