Conor Laverty ratified as Down senior manager


FORMER Down forward Conor Laverty has been named as the new manager of the county’s senior football team. The Down County Board officially rubberstamped his appointment this evening, less than a month after previous manager James McCartan stepped down from the position. Still playing for reigning All-Ireland club champions Kilcoo, Laverty has already earned a […]


McCartan calls a halt to second stint in charge of Down


JAMES McCartan has stepped aside as manager of the Down senior football team. The two-time All-Ireland winner was reappointed for a second stint in charge of the side at the end of last year, but endured a tricky time of things, encapsulated by relegation to Division Three. They also struggled to leave an imprint on […]


Opinion: Time for Down to collectively take stock


By Michael McMullan TRANSITION is a dangerous word in sport. It’s often offering a safety blanket, unfurled to cushion failure. If used correctly, it manages realistic expectations. Advertisement Equally dangerous is talk of two, three, five and ten-year plans for development. It always passes the buck, unless there is substance. When James McCartan was appointed […]


McCartan wants players to embrace relegation pressure


National Football League Division Two Down v Offaly Saturday, Páirc Esler, 5pm By SHAUN CASEY JAMES McCartan hopes his Down side can “embrace” the relegation pressure that currently hangs over them to earn their first win of the season against Offaly on Saturday. The Mourne men sit on one point along with Offaly and Cork […]