He played on the Laois senior football during the 1970s and 1980s, primarily in midfield. During that period he was widely regarded as one of the top players in the county in his position.
Karl returned to one of his former clubs Courtwood where he carried out two separate spells as manager.
In 2007, he was appointed as manager of Portlaoise's senior football team, with Tom Prendergast, Paddy Fitzpatrick and George Plunkett as his selectors and he was an instant success leading The Town to their 24th Laois Senior Football Championship title.
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