Wicklow hoping to get a bounce from the McConville factor

Published date24 January 2023
Publication titleIrish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
Manager

Niall Carew. 2022:

Seventh in Division Four and lost Leinster 1st round to Louth; Tailteann Cup, lost quarter-final to Westmeath. Opening fixture: Home to Wicklow.

Lifted spirits when beating Tipp in last summer's Tailteann Cup but mixed fortunes in the O'Byrne Cup before withdrawing from final match with Laois. Need to improve league performances.

Laois

Manager: Billy Sheehan. 2022: Relegated Division Three and lost Leinster 1st round to Wicklow; Tailteann Cup, lost 1st round to Westmeath. Opening fixture: Away to Sligo.

Always a sense of urgency for Laois to get out of the basement and they will be without the ageless Ross Munnelly who has retired. Consistency required, as lack of it cost relegation last year.

London

Manager: Michael Maher.

2022: Fifth in Division Four, lost Connacht quarter-final to Leitrim; Tailteann Cup, lost 1st round to Sligo.

Opening fixture: Away to Wexford.

Manager Michael Maher had an encouraging 2022 with a great start to the season. This year has a promising championship draw to aim at but Maher is on record that league form will determine prospects.

Leitrim

Manager: Andy Moran.

2022: Fourth, Division Four, lost Connacht semi-final to Galway; Tailteann Cup, lost quarter-final to Sligo.

Opening fixture: Home to Waterford.

After an energising debut season, Andy Moran comes to terms with the departure of captain David Bruen, who's gone to Australia, as he sizes up a potentially big year.

Sligo

Manager: Tony McEntee.

2022: 3rd, Division Four and lost Connacht semi-final to Roscommon.

Opening fixture: Home to Laois.

Third last year and favourites for promotion this season, Sligo had a good...

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