Ruan’s Francis O’Halloran has been named as the new manager of the Roscommon senior hurlers.
Joining him in his management are Feakle’s Tommy Guilfoyle and Stephen Cusack of Newmarket-on-Fergus.
O’Halloran’s appointment was confirmed by Roscommon GAA on Tuesday evening following a meeting of the Roscommon Hurling Committee.
Manager of the Bodyke intermediate hurlers in 2021, Francie was also the goalkeeper coach with the Clare senior camogie side this season and will retain the camogie role next year.
He had previously been part of the backroom team during Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor’s time in charge of the Clare senior hurlers while he was also involved with Moloney at U21 level. He also has experience of colleges hurling having worked alongside Eamon Cregan at Mary Immaculate College.
Former Clare hurler, Tommy Guilfoyle is also involved in the management. The Feakle native has previously coached both Wolfe Tones and Newmarket-on-Fergus in the Clare SHC while he has been involved with Na Piarsaigh along with other clubs in Limerick, Tipperary including Portroe and Cork. He was coach of the Feakle side crowned intermediate champions in 2014.
Guilfoyle represented his club up until the age of forty nine and won a senior championship in 1988. The Element Six employee also lined out for his county and famously scored two goals against Cork in the 1986 Munster Final. His voice will be familiar to many as the co-commentator to Syl O’Connor on Clare FM’s hurling coverage.
Stephen Cusack will be the Rossie’s strength and conditioning coach. Based in Newmarket-on-Fergus, he is the current S&C coach to the unbeaten Inagh/Kilnamona senior hurlers going in search of their first title at the grade. He is in the same post with the Clare senior camogie side while he has previously been involved with the O’Callaghans Mills senior hurlers along with senior camogie and underage sides with Newmarket-on-Fergus.
Shane Nolan of Loughmore in Tipperary is also confirmed as part of O’Halloran’s management. He served alongside the Ruan man with Mary I.