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John Mulligan has taken over as manager of the Parnells Ladies Football team in Dublin for the 2021 season.
Cappagh Gaa man Mulligan was ratified as the new manager of the Coolock based club on Wednesday night.
Parnells currently play in Division 1 of the Senior Football League and in the Intermediate Championship.
They are very progressive club, with fantastic facilities, who under normal circumstances would field two teams, but due to Covid, they only fielded one team in 2020, with that also likely to be the case for 2021.
Mulligan who has trained numerous LGFA teams in the past, including Kilcock, Cappagh, Celbridge and Boardsmill, will be joined on the management team by his Dad John Snr (selector) and Gavin Mcdowell (S&C coach).
He also has some unfinished business with his home club, having managed their men’s reserve team to a Championship Final and a League Semi Final in 2020 (hopefully to be played in early 2021), and he hopes to help them claim the two titles should they be played.
For now, the massive Mayo Gaa supporter, is just looking forward to getting going with his new club; “I’m really looking forward to coaching in Parnells Gaa Club, they are a club with a big history, the Ladies team have a great set up with big panel numbers. They also have great players coming through from underage system.
For me it was a no brainer to get involved. Coaching in Dublin will be a new one for me and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward too.
Leinster Hockey have this week announced that Fionnuala OMalley from the North Kildare Hockey Club will receive the December 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award.
A member of North Kildare HC for many years, Fionnuala is the driving force behind the youth section of the club and for over a decade has given up her weekends to organise coaches and activites for the growing junior section (now numbering over 200) from tiny tots to Under 16s. Not content with that, Fionnuala also organises safety seminars, Covid 19 planning, coach development workshops, blitz events, fundraising and is a dab hand at baking cakes and teas as well!
Liz Hassett (North Kildare Secretary) added “our club would be lost without her organisation and dedication and Fionnuala’s contributions to the success of the club are immeasurable” while Junior Coach Daniel McSweeney that he had never known anyone to “work so hard and selflessly for a club”.
Leinster Hockey Chair, Trevor Watkins, congratulated Fionnuala on her award and thanked her for her work both within North Kildare HC and the Kildare region.
The nominations received by the Committee recognise volunteers in all areas of our sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers, committee members, fundraisers, social media secretaries – all of whom play a hugely important function within their clubs. Development Director, Fiona Walshe, thanked everyone for their submissions and in particular thanked all volunteers for “their tireless work” adding that “our success as a sport is attributed to their willingness and passion to see hockey grow and reach as many people as possible”.
The GAA has confirmed that there will be no Third Level competitions in this academic year.
The decision was expected with the current Covid restrictions seeing the window that the competitions were due to be played in lost.
Both competitions were scheduled to take place before intercounty action resumed at the end of February.
DCU claimed the Sigerson title in January with UCC winning the Fitzgibbon Cup final on 12 February.
The @HigherEdGAA have today confirmed that there will be no Third level Championships, including the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups, taking place in the remainder of this academic year due to the current public health challenges. #GAA
Moynalvey man Gary Dunne yesterday began his part in helping his team go ‘Around the Globe in 80 days’ 🏃🌍
Gary, who lives in Castlebar, County Mayo, took to his Facebook page just before his run to explain; “We will attempt to cover the distance of the globe in just 80 days! All the proceeds are for Western Care Association guys so please help me out with a small donation as they all add up! Ill be hitting the road this evening to start my journey!
Thanks so much for any support you can give my team & me! Best of luck to everyone taking part 🙂 ⬇️ You can donate Here⬇️
Meath Gaa announced a development plan for transition from Minor to U20s at their annual County Convention on Monday night, January 11th.
As part of the new three year personnel strategy for the development of underage intercounty players Meath GAA will have a Under-18/19 panel (Post Academy Panel) to run parallel with the Under-20 panel.
This panel will facilitate the continued development of those players who come from the Under-17/Minor grade and who do not make the Under-20 panel in the year after their exit from the grade.
Year one (2021) and year two (2022) will have Bernard Flynn as manager of the U-20 Football team. Current Minor manager John McCarthy will manage the Post Academy Panel in Year one, and will become a selector of the Under-20 panel in Year two.
In Year three (2023), John McCarthy will become the Under-20 Manager. In year two (2022) Cathal O’Bric, who is minor manager in 2021, will manage the Post Academy Panel.
The Post Academy Panel will operate in line with the same physical, technical and tactical programme as the Under-20 panel. Coaches from the Under-20s will contribute to this squad during the season.
The Under-20 provincial championships are scheduled to start on the weekend of March 27th. It will be played on a straight knockout format and will be run over a six-week period, with the All-Ireland final to be played on the opening weekend of May.
Under-20 inter-county football panels are not permitted to return to collective training before Friday, February 5th.