Murphy takes Offaly football reins

March 15, 2023

Portarlington manager Martin Murphy. ©INPHO/Evan Treacy.

Martin Murphy will take charge of the Offaly senior footballers until the end of the season following the sudden passing of Liam Kearns last Sunday.

The Faithful County’s first outing under the Gracefield clubman – who steps up from the role of selector – will be against Tipperary in Round 6 of the Allianz League at FBD Semple Stadium on Saturday at the earlier time of 2pm (it was originally fixed for 6pm). They will be at home to Down the following week and are away to Longford in the first round of the Leinster SFC on April 9.

John Rouse, who was Kearns’ other selector, will continue in his role with former Galway All-Ireland U20 winning manager Alan Flynn now doubling up as a coach / selector. Murphy was the obvious choice for the manager’s job after leading Portarlington to a three-in-a-row of Laois SFC titles between 2020 and ’22. He also previously had a spell as Offaly U21 manager.

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