Division 3A – Meet the managers

Four of the eight teams competing in Division 3A have new managers in place ahead of the upcoming league campaign.

An Port Mor: Gary McCrilly

McCrilly is back in charge of An Port Mor once again as they embark on a Division 3A league campaign.

McCrilly’s side were crowned Division 3B league winners last season and will be excited by the challenge.

Ballyhegan: Barry Murphy

Murphy’s Ballyhegan reached the Junior Championship final last year but lost out to Clann Eireann IIs.

The Ballyhegan native, entering his second season in charge, captained the club to Junior Championship success as a player back in 1995.

Collegeland: Paul Doyle

Doyle has great success in the Junior Championship. He completed the league and championship double with Derrynoose in 2022.

The former Armagh minor manager, who brought the Orchard County to an Ulster final in 2014, also won the JFC with Keady in 2018.

Four of the eight teams competing in Division 3A have new managers in place ahead of the upcoming league campaign.

Eire Og: Gary Brennan

Gary Brennan is back in charge of Eire Og for a second season having taken over at the start of 2023.

The Craigavon men held their own in Division 3A last season, finishing midtable on 13 points.

Forkhill: Sean Connor

Louth man Sean Connor takes over the reins in Forkhill, replacing Mark McCann and Karl O’Connor at the helm.

Connor won two SFC with Louth club St Patrick’s in 2004 and 2007 and was in charge of the Cooley Kickhams ladies team last year.

Lissummon: Martin McCleary

McCleary replaces Seamus Loughran, who guided Lissummon to the Junior Championship final in 2022.

McCleary has good knowledge of the Division 3A scene having managed Eire Og as recently as 2022.

Middletown: Paddy McArdle

Middletown have retained the service of Paddy McArdle, who is back for a second season at the helm.

They were relegated from Division 2B last season and will be one of the top contenders in Division 3A.

St Michael’s: Barra Murray

Former St Michael’s player Barra Murray will wear the bainisteoir bib next season, replacing Seamus O’Callaghan.

Murray was part of the Armagh u16 management team that secured the Buncrana Cup against Tyrone lasts season.