Carlow appoint Rainbow and Meyler

Anthony Rainbow has stepped up to assume the role of Carlow senior football manager, following Luke Dempsey's recent departure.

Rainbow was ratified as the Barrowsiders' new boss last night at a special meeting of the Carlow County Board.

The former Kildare All-Star was a selector under Dempsey this season and emerged as the firm favourite to succeed him.

Dempsey left after Carlow's Championship run was ended by their Leinster rivals Laois, but felt that the set-up he left behind is ideally placed to take the team forward.

"I had four really enjoyable and hard-working years in Carlow working with great people like Sean Kavanagh, Adrian Corcoran, excellent selectors, Wayne Middleton the trainer and Anthony Rainbow who I introduced this year," he said at the time.

"In those lads, if they agree to stay on, I think there's great structures in place for next year, along with most of those players who put in a massive effort for Carlow this year."

Rainbow retired from playing inter-county football in 2010 after lining out for the Kildare senior side for almost 20 years. He was part of the Kildare U-21 management before taking up the selector's role with Carlow.

Meanwhile, the Carlow hurlers will also have a new manager in 2013.

Former Wexford and Kerry boss John Meyler has been appointed to the position.

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