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Who’s in Mayo’s backroom team?


James Horan has confirmed some key personnel in his set-up

Daniel Forde

THE 33 year-old from Ballycastle has been brought on board as team trainer in James Horan’s new management set-up.
Forde has been coaching the Claremorris senior club team this season, as well as managing the Mayo Under-15 Academy squad as part of ‘The Mayo Way’ coaching plan.
But he is probably best-known for his work with various St Gerald’s College senior teams over the last seven years. The Castlebar school won three successive Connacht Senior ‘A’ championships under his watch.
He also trained the Breaffy senior team under Damien Mulligan in 2014 and 2015.

Martin Barrett

A RETIRED prison officer, Martin would be regarded as one of Kiltane's greatest ever footballers, and played on the team of the 80s and 90s with his brothers Kevin and Laurence. From the townland of Doolough, he managed Kiltane this season and brought them to the quarter-final of the Mayo SFC where they were beaten by Ballintubber.
He was also in charge of Kiltane when they won the 2012 Mayo and Connacht Intermediate championships before going on to reach the All-Ireland Final the following spring, where they lost out to Truagh Gaels.
A highly respected coach and manager, his reputation has been earned by making the most of limited player numbers and resources.

James Burke
THE 31 year-old Ardnaree native has been playing with Ballymun Kickhams for the last 12 seasons, and won a Dublin SFC medal with them back in 2012.
James Horan has brought him on board to train the Mayo players based in the capital, but the duo worked together previously in 2013 when Burke was part of the Mayo squad that went all the way to that year’s All-Ireland Final.
Burke also played minor county football alongside a few of the current senior squad, including Donie Vaughan, Ger Cafferkey and Seamie O’Shea. They were all part of the 2005 Mayo minor squad that lost the All-Ireland Final to Down.
He works as a teacher in Howth.

Conor Finn
S&C coach
THE 30-year old from Claremorris is the owner of Axsom Sports Ltd, a gym based in the South Mayo town with over 900 clients, including athletes and teams based all over the country and abroad.
Finn first got involved with Mayo GAA teams in 2013 under then Under-21 manager, Niall Heffernan. He joined James Horan’s Mayo senior set-up under Barry Solan 12 months later. He has previously worked with IT Sligo’s Sigerson Cup team and the Sligo minor footballers, and was also James Horan’s S&C coach with the Westport senior club team this year.

Joe Doyle
Operations Manager
A NATIVE of Co Wicklow, the Westport resident will be the Operations Manager in the Mayo senior set-up so will be responsible for planning, logistics and organisation.
Joe, who is in his mid fifties, and his wife Lilian have been living in Westport for 20 years and he recently retired from his job at the helm of well-known company USSR (Underground System and Sewer Repair Ltd).
Joe’s mother, Maureen Macken, is a native of Kilmaine. He and Lilian have two children, Ben and Aine; Ben played corner-back on the Westport team that lost to Breaffy in the Senior Championship quarter final.
Doyle was also Operations Manager with James Horan throughout this year with the Westport senior club team.
His brother-in-law, Patrick 'Waxer' Byrne, played senior inter-county football for Wicklow for many years.

Compiled by Mike Finnerty, Ger Flanagan, Michael Duffy.