TONY Duffy will succeed Ray Dempsey as manager of the Mayo minor football team, it was confirmed at Monday night’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board.
Joint manager of the Ballintubber team that won the Mayo Intermediate Championship title in 2007, Duffy has also enjoyed football success with St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, where he teaches.
He will be joined by three other selectors – Liam Lavelle (Belmullet), Vinny Walsh (Claremorris) and Michael Ruane (Moy Davitts), while his teaching colleague Maurice Sheridan and Knockmore’s Dessie Ruttledge will provide coaching and analysis.
Mayo GAA Board Chairman James Waldron said that the executive had accepted the recommendation of the interview panel to appoint Duffy, whose appointment was proposed and seconded by Tommy Goonan and Ollie Dillon.
“It was a tough decision,” said Waldron, who noted the level of managerial talent in the county. “But we feel we’ve picked the best team, and we wish them all the best.”
The Neale clubman apologised to the three unsuccessful candidates – George Golden (Westport), Donal Tuohy (Bonniconlon) and Pádraic Walsh (Louisburgh) – ‘for what they read in the press’. Rumours of Duffy’s successful candidacy had circulated since shortly after interviews were held, but the process ‘was meant to be kept confidential’, said Waldron.
A full report on Monday’s Mayo GAA Board meeting will appear in next week’s Mayo News.