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Former All-Ireland club winning boss returns to guide Crossmaglen Rangers next year

Donal Murtagh will be back involved with the Armagh outift next season.

CROSSMAGLEN RANGERS HAVE turned to one of their former All-Ireland winning bosses to guide the fortunes of the Armagh club giants in 2018.

Donal Murtagh Crossmaglen Rangers boss Donal Murtagh. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Donal Murtagh was last night confirmed as the figure who will head up a management team that also includes Kieran Donnelly, Francis Fitzpatrick and Micéal Moley.

He takes over from Gareth O’Neill whose two-year reign came to an end after a 2017 season where Crossmaglen lost out at the Armagh semi-final stage to Maghery.

It marked the first time they have not reached an Armagh final over the course of consecutive seasons since 1994/1995.

Murtagh brings massive experience to the position and has enjoyed huge success with the club.

As a manager he guided Crossmaglen to three Armagh and Ulster titles between 2006 and 2008, while they lifted the All-Ireland club trophy in 2007 with a final replay win over Dr Crokes.

They lost out to Dublin clubs in the two seasons after that with a semi-final loss to St Vincent’s in 2008 and a final defeat to Kilmacud Crokes in 2009.

Oisin McConville and Aaron Kernan Oisin McConville and Aaron Kernan celebrate in 2007. Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

Donal Mutagh and Martin Califf Donal Murtagh and Martin Califf celebrate the 2007 final replay victory for Crossmaglen. Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

As a player Murtagh was also involved in Crossmaglen glory days. He won ten Armagh senior medals in succession and four Ulster club crowns.

Three times he tasted All-Ireland success in Croke Park with a victory in 1997 over Mayo’s Knockmore, a triumph in 1999 against Mayo’s Ballina Stephenites and a win in 2000 against Dublin’s Na Fianna.

Donal Murtagh and Brian Carbery and Tom Nolan 21/2/1999 Donal Murtagh in action against Carlow's Éire Óg in 1999. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

Murtagh also had a spell with the Armagh management team as he assisted Paddy O’Rourke during his time in charge.

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