TWO Mayo men — Alan Costello and Padraic Monaghan — are bidding to lead their respective teams to victory in Wicklow and Dublin next weekend.
Former Hollymount/Carramore footballer Alan Costello is the manager of the Tinahealy team that has reached the Intermediate Football final in Wicklow.
Alan, who played minor, under-21 and senior (league) for Mayo, captained St Vincent’s for three years in-a-row under the legendary Mickey Whelan in Dublin.
He was a member of the Vincent’s team that contained Diarmuid Connolly, Ger Brennan, Tomás Quinn and Pat Gilroy, and won an All-Ireland club medal with them in 2008.
The Carramore man is a secondary school teacher in St Benildus College, Stillorgan, and is coach to their senior team that has won four Dublin titles in a row.
Amongst the players that he has coached in the famous nursery are Paul Mannion, Davy Byrne and many others. He was also coach to the UCD Freshers team in 2018.
Alan was also in charge of the Wicklow U-16 Academy team in 2017, a team that went on to beat the Dubs at Minor level in 2018 under the stewardship of Kevin O’Brien.
Alan, who is a first cousin of Stephen Coen, has led Tinahealy to 17 wins in a row, which is a great achievement.
Never one to rest on his laurels, he is currently studying for a Diploma in Sports Science & Sports Psychology.
Meanwhile, the former Mayo and Garrymore footballer, Padraic Monaghan, is managing the St Jude’s team that will oppose St Vincent’s in the semi-final of the Dublin SFC next weekend.
St Jude’s stunned a star-studded Ballymun side featuring James McCarthy, Philly McMahon, Dean Rock, John Small and Evan Comerford in the quarter-final.
St Jude’s contain the likes of Cork forward Niall Coakley and Kevin McManamon, while Kieran Doherty landed their winning score against Ballymun.
We wish both men the best of luck in the final and semi-final respectively.