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Paddy O’Rourke is Burren boss

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Paddy O’Rourke is Burren boss thumbnailPADDY O'Rourke and Steven McDonnell (pictured being presented with Armagh player of the Year) are new Burren managers.

WHILE Benny Coulter and Francie Poland aim to halt Kilcoo's charge for six Down Club Championships in a row as Mayobridge managers, Burren have also welcomed back Paddy O'Rourke to the hot-seat.

Burren are rightly considered the main contenders to Kilcoo's County thrown and O'Rourke has replaced Sean Ward as manager. O'Rourke has managed Down and Armagh, winning the Division Two title with the Orchard County, since he was last in charge of his native club.

Warde certainly helped Burren become Kilcoo's main rivals in his two season's as St Mary's manager and O'Rourke will be expected to continue and enhance that work.

Paddy will be assisted by former Armagh star Stevie McDonnell, who has stepped down as manager of Killeavy. McDonnell managed his own club and the Armagh U21 team, but has yet to pick up silverware so early in his managerial career, but has won an All-Ireland, and All-Star as well as Intermediate club winners medals.

The Burren club of the 1980's will be remembered as one of the greatest ever club sides and Paddy O'Rourke played a monumental role in helping them to achieve this glory. Between 1981 and 1988 inclusive, Burren won seven Down Senior Football Championship titles, five Ulster Club Championship titles and All-Ireland Club titles in 1986 and 1988.

O'Rourke may not be thinking of challenging for All-Ireland's just yet but a Down Senior Club title is long overdue.

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