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Glenties manager has strong Mayo ties

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LOCAL LINKS Martin Regan managed Naomh Conaill Glenties to the Donegal SFC title recently. Pic: Sportsfile

Edwin McGreal

THERE was considerable Mayo interest in the Ulster senior club football final in Omagh last Sunday.
And it wasn’t just centred on the manager of the winning team, Kilcoo from Down. They were led by Mickey Moran, who of course managed Mayo to an All-Ireland Final in 2006.
Competing against him on the line was a man with even stronger Mayo connections. Martin Regan was the manager of losing Donegal side, Naomh Conaill from Glenties, and his family are embedded in football throughout Mayo. In fact, first cousins of Martin Regan are involved with seven different Mayo clubs.
Though Regan was reared in Donegal, his father, also Martin, is a native of Carracastle, outside Charlestown. And footballing pedigree runs throughout the family.
Martin senior’s sister is Kathleen Carty whose sons all played for Aghamore. Cathal and Caoimhin Carty both represented Mayo at underage level while James, Iarla, Eamon and John Henry played for Aghamore at all levels. The family live in Knock – their father was the late John Carty, the former Fianna Fáil TD, senator and county councillor.
Martin senior’s brother Eamon now lives in Straide and his sons, Mark, Eamon and Noel, all play with Moy Davitts.
Another brother is the late Padraic Regan who moved from Carracastle to Hollymount some 40 years ago. His son James was heavily involved with the club down the years and is now a selector with the Mayo Ladies going into 2020.
James won a Hogan Cup medal with St Jarlath’s College, Tuam in 1994, featuring at corner-back on a star-studded team. Padraic’s daughter, Sandra Waldron, is an active member of Eastern Gaels and plays with the Ballyhaunis ‘Mothers and Others’ team.
Another cousin is Paddy Regan, a midfielder with Kilmovee Shamrocks.
Séamus Regan is yet another brother of Martin senior. The well-known Castlebar-based builder was heavily involved with Castlebar Mitchels for many years and his sons, John, Brian and Paul all played for the club.
Séamus Regan, his wife Joan and daughter Siobhan travelled from Castlebar for the game while James Regan journeyed from Hollymount. Kilcoo triumphed by 2-11 to 2-9 in a highly entertaining game in Healy Park.
Naomh Conaill had previously won the Donegal senior title following an epic three game struggle with defending Ulster champions Gweedore.
Football is clearly a passion among the Regan family throughout Ireland.
Martin’s sister, Crona, was the youngest ever county secretary in the country when she became Donegal County Secretary at the age of just 22 in 2006.
Martin’s grandfather, also Martin Regan, played football himself and the family believe he won a county title in the 1930s. There’s no doubt he has bequeathed a fine legacy in the generations that followed, in Mayo and Donegal.  

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