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Paddy Tally appointed new Down County Manager

Down GAA have announce the appointment of Paddy Tally as County senior football team manager. Paddy will be joined by Gavin McGilly, Stephen Beattie and Benny Coulter in his management team. The appointment was ratified on Thursday night by Down County Committee at a specially convened meeting. 

The Tyrone native takes over from Eamonn Burns, who stepped down following the Mourne County’s All-Ireland qualifier second round loss to Cavan. Prior to that, Down suffered a heavy Ulster SFC semi-final defeat to Donegal and were also relegated to Division 3 of the Allianz League during the spring.

A member of the Tyrone squad that reached the 1995 All-Ireland final, Tally went on to train the Red Hands when they won the Sam Maguire for the first time eight years later. He also trained Down when they reached the All-Ireland final in 2010 before going on to serve as a trainer and selector with Brian McIvor at Derry from 2013-2015.

The Galbally man guided St. Mary’s College, Belfast to Sigerson Cup victory last year before joining Kevin Walsh’s backroom team in Galway this year during which they won the Connacht title and reached the All-Ireland semi-final.

Benny Coulter is one of Down’s most celebrated footballers. He won an All-Ireland Minor in 1999, an Allstar in 2010 and a number of county titles with Mayobridge where he is the current team manager.

Gavin McGilly was joint manager of the Moy side that won this year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Club title. He and Stephen Beattie have worked with Paddy Tally at St Mary’s College and are both former coaches with Ulster GAA.

Down GAA Chairman Sean Rooney welcomed the appointment, stating “We wish Paddy and his team well, we promise them our full support and we hope that everyone can now work together to herald a new awakening for Down Football. Paddy’s reputation and record as a coach and manager were important factors in our choice and we are delighted that he is now on board. He was our first and only choice and we have got our man”.

Paddy Tally at Pairc Esler to view some Down Championship football said “I am really looking forward to the new role and the new challenge. The hard work starts over the next few weeks; the footballers are in Down, it’s about getting a squad assembled and prepared for the new season. When the call came it wasn’t a difficult decision”.