Former Westmeath Star Stepping Into Politics

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By Mark Casserly

Current Westmeath hurling selector and former Westmeath footballer Alan Mangan was last night announced as the Labour party’s candidate for the next general election in the Longford-Westmeath constituency.

This came about as Labour Party stalwart Willie Penrose is to step down at the next general election after 26 years as a TD.

Mangan, 39, was a member of the Westmeath football team that won the Leinster title in 2004 and in 2011 was joint manager of the Westmeath ladies footbal team that won the All Ireland intermediate title.

The Castletown-Geoghegan man has also managed Tyrrellspass to consecutive county senior football finals in 2016 and 2017.