Former Galway All-Ireland winning footballer (2001) Paul Clancy has been ratified as manager of All-Ireland Club football finalists Garrycastle.
Clancy kicked two points in that All-Ireland win over Meath and his experience at the top level of the game is what has attracted the Castle hierarchy.
The club this year became not alone the first club from Westmeath to win a Leinster title but also the first club from the Lake County to reach club football’s St. Patrick’s Day showpiece.
Clancy takes over from the hugely successful Anthony Cunningham, who has been ratified as manager of the Galway senior hurlers. During his time with the Athlone club, Cunningham won three Westmeath titles, as well as the aforementioned first Leinster title and guiding the club to the All-Ireland final.
Clancy served as a Laois selector under Justin McNulty last year, having previously been involved with DIT in the Sigerson Cup. He also guided the Dublin college to an All-Ireland Freshers championship success in 2009.