Former Derry and Ballinderry star Conleth Gilligan has been confirmed as the new coach of Edendork for 2023.
He recently left Kilcoo after four great years. In February 2022 the Down club achieved the Holy Grail when a sensational injury time goal from Jerome Johnston saw them edge out Kilmacud Crokes 2-8 to 0-13 after extra time to win the All Ireland Senior Club title for the first time in their history.
After Moran’s retirement Conleth and Richard Thornton took over at the helm and after retaining their Down title they just came up short in the Provincial decider against first time winners Glen.
He brings to the job a wealth of experience and knowledge and of course he is familiar with Tyrone football having been part of the Coalisland management team with John McKeever that reached the Senior championship final back in 2016 only to lose out to Killyclogher after a replay. Three years prior to that he guided Derrytresk to promotion out of Junior football in the Red Hand County.
He comes into an Edendork club that last season made a quick return to the top flight having been relegated in 2021. They had to do it the hard way through the promotion playoffs after losing out to Galbally in the County Final, a Galbally side who are now only sixty minutes away from appearing in an All Ireland Intermediate Final.
There is no doubting the talent within the St.Malachys club with Tyrone trio Niall Morgan, Darren McCurry and Con Kilpatrick to the fore with Neil Kilpatrick, Harry Og Conlon and Conor Mallon other notable talents as well.
The news comes a day after Carrickmore confirmed that former footballer of the year Stephen O’Neill will be part of their management team this season as they chase a first O’Neill Cup since 2005 having come up just short against Errigal Ciaran in last season’s decider.