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28/09/2021

Cryan appointed as Ferbane senior football manager

Cryan appointed as Ferbane senior football manager

Declan Cryan, over Kildare VS footballers in 2012, is the new Ferbane manager.

FERBANE GAA Club have ended their hunt for a new senior football manager by appointing a Laois native Declan Cryan.

A native of Portarlington and a former Laois footballer, Cryan has made his mark as a manager in Kildare. He guided Maynooth to Kildare and Leinster intermediate football titles in 2009 while he led Kildare to an All-Ireland VS senior football title a few years later.

A teacher at Ardscoil Rath Iomghain in Rathangan, he replaces Laois man Sean Dempsey who guided Ferbane to their first Offaly Senior Football Championship title since 1994 in 2019 – Ferbane had been knocking on the door for a few years before that but finally made the long awaited breakthrough under Dempsey's guidance, getting the better of great rivals Rhode.

Ferbane were beaten by Tullamore in a penalty shootout in last year's Senior Football Championship semi-final and while they missed a kick to win that and advance to the final, they hadn't recaptured the same form that had saw them take the Dowling Cup a year earlier.

Ferbane and Dempsey parted company a few weeks after that Tullamore defeat and the club had been engaged in a comprehensive search for a manager since then.

They will be one of the big favourites for the Offaly title next year and Cryan has a lot of talent at his disposal there.

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