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01 Oct 2022

Former Laois manager Liam Kearns appointed as Offaly Manager

Former Laois manager appointed as Offally Manager

Liam Kearns

KERRY man and Former Laois manager Liam Kearns has been appointed as the new Offaly senior football manager. His name will be put forward before the September meeting of the Offaly GAA County Board but his appointment will be a formality. 

Kearns took over the reins as Laois manager in September 2006 when he replaced Mick O Dwyer. He led Laois to a Leinster Final in 2007 where they were defeated by Dublin 

Kearns has been around the block in county management. He has also managed Tipperary and Limerick while he was a coach with Roscommon.

A retired garda and a former player with the Austin Stacks club in Tralee, he won an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship medal with Kerry in 1980. His biggest achievement as manager was bringing Tipperary to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final in 2016, where they lost to Mayo.

Outside of Managing the county, Kearns has strong family links with Laois. His mother was a native of Laois and His father, Ollie, a Kerry man, was on the Graiguecullen team that won the Laois Senior Football Championship in 1965. 

There were plenty of rumors surrounding the Offaly job, Kerry Legend Tomas O'Se was a hot favorite for a long period and Meath Man Bernard Flynn was also mentioned as a contender. 

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