Turlough O’Brien has stepped down as manager of the Carlow senior football team.

The highly regarded O’Brien has been in charge of Carlow since 2014.

Two years ago O’Brien steered Carlow to promotion from Division Four of the Allianz Football League, while also earning some notable Leinster Championship victories.

A statement from Carlow GAA confirmed O’Brien’s decision.

“Due to the reconfigured Inter-County season not set for resumption until mid October, and its inevitable lead into 2021 National League preparations, Turlough has brought forward his decision to step away with immediate effect to facilitate a smooth transition for the new season,” the statement said.

“We will never forget the special days in 2017 & 2018, particularly those sweltering evenings in Netwatch Cullen Park, when we took on some of the best the country has to offer under O’Brien’s stewardship.

“The most memorable of all, however, must be that famous afternoon in Tullamore when the manager led our team to a famous Championship victory over Kildare en route to the Leinster Semi-Final.

“The absolute professionalism, utter dedication, and unbridled passion which Turlough brought to the Carlow Senior Football set up over the past six years, alongside his various backroom staff, has undoubtedly elevated Carlow’s football status to new heights.”

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