Condon replaces Roe as Carlow football boss

CARLOW have appointed former Kildare player Mick Condon as manager of their intercounty senior football side.

Condon replaces Pat Roe, who retired from the post after the county’s elimination from the All-Ireland qualifiers.

The Clane native is managing the Moorfield senior football team, which has qualified for the Kildare semi-final.

This will be his first intercounty role, although he has wide experience at club level in his native county. Condon was a member of the Kildare team which qualified for the 1978 Leinster final.

County chairman Eddie Byrne welcomed the appointment of Condon.

But the appointment of Condon rules him out of the race to fill Mick O'Dwyer’s managerial shoes in Kildare, a race in which Brian Talty is seen as a front-runner.

Talty has made his reputation in the Dublin club scene with St Jude’s, St Sylvester’s Malahide, and on the college circuit with St David’s Artane.

Others connected to the job are Meath’s Colm Coyle and Offaly’s Richie Connor.

Candidates from within the county include former Offaly boss Padraig Nolan , former Under-21 boss Declan Kerrigan, who played under O’Dwyer in the ’98 All-Ireland, and former Roscommon star Paul Earley.

Earley has impressed with his handling of the Allenwood club over the past few seasons.

A groundswell of support has emerged among grassroots followers for a home-based triumvirate of Earley, Nolan and Kerrigan.

County chairman Andrew O’Sullivan, who has been charged with the onerous task of finding the man to take over from O’Dwyer, expects that an announcement will be made over the next ten days or so.

Galway have decided to follow the traditional method of selecting a new hurling manager. It was decided that clubs would nominate candidates, the hurling board would interview them, and the delegates would vote.

In Offaly, the search is under way for two managers following the decision of outgoing football boss Padraig Nolan and hurling manager Fr Tom Fogarty not to seek reelection.

County Board officials are keeping tight-lipped and refuse to be drawn on whether or not a shortlist has been drawn up.

A sub-committee comprising Mick Sheridan (Clara), Martin Boland (Killeigh-Raheen) and Tom Reilly (Edenderry), with County Board chairman Brendan Ward and secretary Christy Todd, have been given the task of making a choice, which will then have to be ratified at a full County Board meeting.

There has been no lack of speculation. The names being bandied about include Paul O’Kelly, from Edenderry, who was a selector during Tommy Lyons’s reign, former Cavan manager Val Andrews, and Kildare man Tom Cribben, who guided Edenderry to last year’s County Championship.

In hurling, the sub-committee is made up of Brendan Byrne (Lusmagh), Michael O’Hara (Ballyskenagh), Paddy Scales (St Rynagh’s) and Bro. Denis (Birr). Here the names most frequently mentioned in speculation include former county player Aidan Fogarty (St Rynagh’s) who is understood to be interested in the job, former great Tipperary goalkeeper Ken Hogan, and Meath manager and former Offaly star, Michael Duignan.

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