I begin this week with a big congratulations to the Donegal Masters on winning the All-Ireland Shield on Saturday down, in Galway.
They defeated Offaly, in the final. A big well done to the manager John McNulty and to Gerard McGrenra, the captain. Gerard also won the man of the match award so obviously the captain led from the front.
This was a good result because Offaly were a decent side and a good few Leinster championship winners in the team. The only pity is that they weren’t in the premier final because they were good enough and were robbed against Cavan, in the earlier round.
Someone dropped me in a newspaper cutting recently of an article on the breakdown of coaching grants to the 32 counties over the last five years.
Dublin obviously are at the top. But it was very disappointing to read that we were in the bottom five. Strangely enough Derry were in the top three so that obviously is going to pay rich dividends down the rich dividends down the road.
I was reminded again of the article again this week when I heard of the appointment of Richard Thornton from Tyrone, as the county senior team’s new coach.
I myself had to go outside the county the last time I was in the job. I appointed Raymond Munroe, from Carrickmore.
We’ve also had Mickey Moran from Derry, John Morrison, from Armagh, Brian McIvor, Tyrone, Ryan Porter, Tyrone and even the last man Jack Cooney was from Westmeath.
It is an issue we need to address. There is no reason why with proper investment in coach training that we cannot produce our own coaches.
We are able to produce footballers right up there with the best and there is no unearthly reason we cannot produce quality coaches.
Congratulations again to Ryan McHugh on his All Star award. As I mentioned last week it was fully merited.
The McHugh’s, Martin, Mark and Ryan join a unique club of father and two sons winning All-Star awards. The only father and two sons I can recall are Bernard Brogan senior and Bernard Jr and Alan.
It is some achievement for the family and of course James McHugh has one too,and I expect Ryan to win a few more.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack