Turlough O'Brien has stepped down as manager of the Carlow footballers after six years in charge.

O'Brien was due to take charge for the rest of the 2020 season but due to the coronavirus delay has decided to depart to "facilitate a smooth transition for the new season", a statement from the Carlow county board read.

Taking over in 2014 he won promotion from Division 4 in 2018, taking Carlow out of the bottom tier for the first time in 33 years.

That same year he guided the team to a famous Leinster quarter-final win over Kildare in Tullamore. 

Covid-19 restrictions means that the senior inter-county championships will not get under way until October. This prompted O'Brien to take the decision to step down.

Carlow GAA said O'Brien's "absolute professionalism, utter dedication and unbridled passion" lifted football in the county to new heights.

"We take this opportunity to thank him unreservedly for all he has done during his tenure and we wish him every success & happiness for the future," they added.

"He truly embodies the spirit of 'CarlowRising', fíor Ghael Cheatharlach gan dabht.

"Beir bua agus beannacht, Turlough."

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