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 […]


Gilligan hails Moran’s influence


By Michael McMullan THE Kilcoo players gave outgoing manager Mickey Moran a guard of honour as he left Kilcoo for the last time after stepping down from the helm of the All-Ireland champions. Moran wasn’t in attendance to receive his Manager of the Year award at Friday night’s Gaelic All-Star awards night. Conleith Gilligan, who […]


Mickey Moran ends his tenure with Kilcoo


By Michael McMullan MICKEY Moran has stepped down as Kilcoo manager after leading the club to the All-Ireland Club title. Conleith Gilligan and Richard Thornton, who were part of Moran’s management team, have taken over as joint managers. Moran, who is shortlisted for Manager of the Year at Friday’s Gaelic Life All-Star awards, ends a […]


Kilcoo will be on their guard against Derrygonnelly


By Michael McMullan KILCOO assistant manager Conleith Gilligan says they will be ‘on their guard’ ahead of Sunday’s Ulster final showdown with Derrygonnelly. Gilligan, an All-Ireland winner with Ballinderry in 2002, feels the Fermanagh giants are better and more rounded than the side Kilcoo saw off on their way to the 2019 Ulster Club title. […]


Gilligan backs O’Hanlon for say in Kilcoo’s future


By Michael McMullan KILCOO assistant manager Conleith Gilligan has backed Darragh O’Hanlon to put his experience into coaching following his forced retirement from football at the age of 28. The former club and county captain, last week, made public his decision to retire following a litany of injuries. “He is a great lad and a […]


Performance levels most important thing for Kilcoo


By Michael McMullan BOOKIES’ odds don’t mean anything in Kilcoo. There is only one thing that matters – football. Tucked under the lip of Lough Island Reavy above, their facilities befit the tag of Ulster champions. “There is no messing about and no fools are suffered lightly,” said coach Richard Thornton of their sheer passion […]


O’Rourke says Glen have to deal with an ‘intercounty standard’ Kilcoo attack


By Niall McCoy FOR all the intrigue, backstories and possibilities surrounding Sunday’s highly-anticipated Ulster Club semi-final at the Athletic Grounds, there is one major thing bothering Glen manager Malachy O’Rourke – how to stop an “intercounty standard” Kilcoo attack. The Fermanagh native has always kept a curious glance on bits and bobs around the rest […]