Offaly Football Manager Liam Kearns Has Passed Away

Offaly GAA is extending deepest sympathies to his family.

Liam Kearns, the Offaly Senior Football manager, has died suddenly. He was 61 years old.

The Kerry man managed the Limerick, Laois and Tipperary senior football teams before taking up the reigns in Offaly this season.

He led Tipperary to a 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final. The Austin Stacks clubman also enjoyed success with the Limericks under 21s prior to managing the senior inter county panel.

As a player, Kearns played for his home county at underage and senior level, winning an All-Ireland minor title in 1980. 

His time in Laois brought with it an O'Byrne Cup final, followed later that year by a Leinster final where they were beaten by Dublin.

Offaly came calling last year to install him as John Maughan's successor. The county had just secured their place in division three next year after a narrow win over Longford.

The county board says: "Offaly GAA is devastated to learn of the sudden passing this evening of our senior football manager, Liam Kearns. In his short period of time as manager of the senior footballers, Liam made a hugely positive impact and he was extremely well respected by everyone associated with Offaly GAA.

"Offaly GAA extend deepest sympathies to his wife Angela and daughters Rachel & Laura. May he rest in peace."

Midlands 103 Commentator Brian Gavin gave his reaction to the news to David Hollywood this morning:

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