Earley confirmed as Irish International Rules manager

The GAA has confirm Paul Earley as the new Irish International Rules manager.

The Roscommon native succeeds Anthony Tohill who led Ireland to success in Australia in 2011.

The role was previously held by the late Kevin Heffernan, Eugene McGee, Colm O’Rourke, Brian McEniff, John O’Keeffe, Pete McGrath and Seán Boylan.

Earley went to Australia in 1983 and played in the then VFL before returning home in 1985. He played for Roscommon between 1981 and 1993.

Earley is also a football analyst with Setanta.

GAA president Liam Ó Néill said: "I am delighted that someone of the standing and calibre of Paul Earley will lead the Irish challenge in the next series against Australia here in Ireland next Autumn."

The first series test against Australia on October 19 will take place at an Ulster venue yet to be confirmed, with the second scheduled for Croke Park the following week.

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