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BOHAN BOOST FOR CLONTARF

MICK BOHAN, who recently stepped down as Head Coach to the Dublin senior footballers, has agreed to join Noel McCaffrey's management ticket at Clontarf.

He was initially Skills Acquisition Coach with Jim Gavin's side before being appointed Head Coach.

Mick left his Dublin role to spend more time with his family after a long county innings which stretched back to 1999.

He played senior football with Clontarf for 16 years. The Clontarf manager, Noel McCaffrey, is chuffed with the appointment.

"Mick Bohan is one of our own. He is one of the best and most sought-after Gaelic football coaches in the country," stated Noel. "He is extremely highly regarded by the current Dublin players. I was aware some time ago that he was considering stepping back from his role with Dublin. I wasn't surprised that Jim Gavin wanted him to stay.

"We have just gained promotion to the AFL Division 2. It's a very competitive division. Our aim will be to consolidate in 2015, and we couldn't have asked for a greater boost than to have Mick coaching our players.

"We are all very excited with his arrival and I'm confident that our players will improve, both individually and collectively.

"Mick has given so much to Dublin teams at various levels over the last 14 years. It's now our turn to gain from his expertise, and, to be honest, we can't wait."

Mick was with many different Dublin panels in that time, including Development squads, the Dublin lady footballers, the under-21s and seniors. He was also with DCU, who enjoyed success in the Sigerson Cup.

He was with one of the first Development squads in the county alongside co-mentors, Gerry McCaul and Páraic McDonald. 14-year-old Bryan Cullen was one of their players.

SUCCESS

Mick enjoyed much success with all the various teams. He established his reputation as one of the brightest football brains in the county after outstanding work at Thomas Davis and Lucan Sarsfields.

His exciting, inventive style of football, laced with pace, was very attractive on the eye. "It was not an easy decision leaving Dublin," admitted Mick. "It was such a wonderful group to be part of.

"I have such a high regard for Jim Gavin, the management, the players and everybody involved. And that made the call all the harder," he added.

"It was a privilege and a massive honour to be serving my county. I'm now looking forward to the season ahead with Clontarf.

"I'm delighted to be with people that I have soldiered with over the years."

Yet after a break from the Dublin inter-county football cauldron, Mick says that in the future he'd relish the chance to being back with Dublin teams again.


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