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All-Ireland winner McNulty set to take up reins at Killeavy


By John Campbell

Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Justin McNulty is set to take on a new role as manager of Killeavy.

McNulty, who stood as an SDLP candidate for Newry and Armagh in this year's election, will bring considerable experience to his new role.

Killeavy were recently defeated by Crossmaglen Rangers in the Armagh U21 Championship final, but McNulty can take considerable encouragement from the depth of talent currently within the club.

As well as having spent three years in charge of Laois, during which he took them to an All-Ireland quarter-final, he has also been involved with several clubs during his career.

Meanwhile, when a club has waited 48 years to achieve success in a particular competition, it's understandable that they would be keen to push on and sample more glory.

That's very much the case with Lurgan outfit Clann Eireann, who will go into tomorrow's Ulster Minor club tournament tie against St Eunan's Letterkenny at the St Paul's complex in west Belfast (12 noon) conscious that this will be their biggest game in decades.

Manager Martin McConville believes that his team's feat in coming out on top in the Armagh Minor Championship now heralds better times ahead.

"It has been a long wait when you think about it," reflects McConville.

"I think the team's success can prove a stepping stone for more success."

But with St Eunan's having already sent Burren scurrying out, Clann Eireann's task will not be easy.

Players such as Conor Turbitt, Sean McCarthy, Rioghan Meehan and Tiernan Kelly will get a chance to impress against the Letterkenny side.

Manager McConville credits David Wilson, the former Armagh player, with unearthing much of his current crop of talent.

"David is doing great work in nurturing young players and Clann Eireann are seeing the benefit of this," McConville maintains.

Also tomorrow Cavan side Ramor United will take on Enniskillen Gaels at Woodlands (1.45pm).

The Fermanagh outfit turned on the style in winning both league and championship in their county which has helped to foster confidence for tomorrow's tie.

Enniskillen Gaels are well served in attack by the likes of Callum Jones, Conor Love and Eoin Beacom, and will be tough opponents.

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