Justin McNulty

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Justin McNulty
Personal information
Irish name Justin Mac an Ultaigh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Full-Back
Born Lislea, County Armagh
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Years Club
Club titles
Armagh titles 1
Ulster titles 1
Years County
1995-2005 Armagh
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 5
All-Irelands 1

Justin McNulty MLA (born 15 November 1974) is an Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) politician, a former Gaelic football manager, and a former player for Armagh. He has sat in the Northern Ireland Assembly since 2016 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Newry and Armagh.

He played football with his local club Mullaghbawn Cúchullain's in Armagh and was a member of the Armagh senior football team from 1995 to 2005. He won an All-Ireland medal in 2002 playing full back.[1]

Sporting career[edit]

The Lislea-born McNulty played for Mullaghbawn alongside his twin brother Paul and their younger brother, Enda. Justin made his senior debut in 1995 in a league game against Louth. Justin won 5 Ulster Championship Medals and in 2002 he captured his first ever All-Ireland medal when Armagh defeated Kerry with the scoreline 1-12 to 0-14. In 2005 McNulty retired from Inter-County football. Management followed soon after and Justin led Mullahoran Dreadnoughts of Cavan to a Senior Championship in 2006.

The following year Justin managed Saint Brigid's Club in Dublin who were narrowly beaten in the 2007 Dublin County Final by St Vincent's who went on to win the All Ireland. In late 2009 he was appointed as one of the selectors of the former Armagh manager Paddy O'Rourke.[citation needed]

In August 2010 after Sean Dempsey resigned McNulty was appointed as the new Laois manager.[2] The first for McNulty proved to be a great success as Laois gained promotion to the top tier despite losing out in the league decider to Donegal.[3]

Political career[edit]

McNulty contested his home constituency of Newry and Armagh for the SDLP in the 2015 general election. Despite losing to Sinn Féin candidate Mickey Brady, McNulty polled 12,026 votes, a 24.1% share which represented a 1500 vote increase on the previous election.[citation needed][4] McNulty was elected to the 6th Northern Irish Assembly on 3 March 2017 for the SDLP.


  1. ^ "Armagh stun Kerry to claim first All-Ireland". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Laois appoint McNulty to top job". RTÉ Sport. 17 August 2010. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Managing to fill the void". Independent.ie. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "NI election: Constituency profile of Newry and Armagh". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Dominic Bradley
MLA for Newry and Armagh
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sean Dempsey
Laois Senior Football Manager
Succeeded by