MU19 academy head coach Tiarnan Mulvenna has left the club to take up a first-team coaching position with Drogheda United.

The 35-year-old, who enjoyed two spells at Oriel Park as a player, first got involved with the academy back in 2017 and he admitted it was a tough decision to leave his hometown club.

“I love Dundalk Football Club but, for myself to grow and get better as a coach, this is a move I couldn’t turn down,” he told

“I’m thankful to everyone at Oriel Park for all of the support I received, from the players through to the likes of my right-hand men, John Sharkey, Mark Griffin and Johnny Breen.

“I also want to give a special mention to Martin Connolly, who put his trust in me and brought me back to the club as a young coach. Martin is someone I know I will always be able to lean on in the future.

“I think that I’m leaving Dundalk as a better coach and I also believe I’m leaving the club in a better spot. We have taken a lot of kids through who are now playing senior football all around the country which is what I would have wanted when I started seven years ago.”

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Tiarnan for his work with our academy players over the best part of the last seven years,” said Dundalk FC chief operating officer Martin Connolly.

“As someone who came through the system at Oriel Park, Tiarnan’s insight and experience was a huge help to our young players and we wish him the very best of luck on the next stage of his coaching journey.”