Mulvenna Appointed U15s Coach
With the addition of the Under 15 league to the FAI Airtricity Leagues calendar from this August Dundalk Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of former player Tiarnan Mulvenna to manage this team.
Speaking on behalf of the club Youth Development Officer Martin Connolly explained his delight at the appointment of Mulvenna. “We are delighted that Tiarnan has accepted this challenge. Tiarnan made his debut for the club at 16 years of age so knows what is required of young players to fulfil their potential and what is expected from them at a club like Dundalk. He is a UEFA B licence holder and is tremendously ambitious to develop along the coaching ladder and we hope that he does so at our club.”
Connolly also outlined the clubs plans for this side. We will be working closely with Malahide United FC in offering a pathway for their young players and developing our existing partnership with them in a constructive and meaningful manner including some games been played in the fabulous Gannon Park facility and the cementing further of our relationship. We also want to attract the best players from the Dundalk Schoolboys league and the entire North East area. We have some of the best facilities around for young footballers with grass pitchs, astro-turf pitch, indoor facilities and a top class gym for strength and conditioning sessions with some top quality coaches so that any young footballer can fully reach his potential with Dundalk Football Club. The existence of an Under 15 league and hopefully an Under 13 league in 2 years’ time provides us with the opportunity to attract players to our club at a younger age and affords them the opportunity to train and play at an elite level at a young age.
Speaking on behalf of Malahide Utd club Chairman Don Butler spoke of his delight at the continued evolvement of the partnership between both clubs. “We have enjoyed a fabulous relationship with Dundalk over the past 18 months and we look forward to continue working together in providing a pathway to League of Ireland football for our players through the National League with Dundalk whilst continuing to expand and maintain our identity within our own community.”
Speaking on his appointment Mulvenna spoke of his delight at his appointment and how he looked forward to the challenge. “I have always thought that my next step after playing would be to go down the road of coaching and managing and Oriel Park and the National League is the place to be. I can’t wait to start working with the best talent from the area and also the boys from Malahide and further afield. I think with the facilities and the people that we have in Oriel that it could be the start of an exciting time for all concerned. I’m looking forward to the challenge and to working and learning from Stephen and all the staff.”
Connolly also indicated that there would be further changes within the underage set up in Oriel Park. “With our 17s and 19s doing well in their leagues we don’t want to upset things too much but we must also give Tiarnan the support network that he needs and we will be looking at this over the next few weeks.”