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Denise joins Mayo GAA coaching team


WORKING TOGETHER Mayo GAA Games Manager Billy McNicholas and and Games Promotion Officer Deirdre Fahy are pictured at the Hollymount/Carramore Cúl Camp. Pic: Conor McKeown

Mike Finnerty

SHE is a member of a dyed-in-the-wool GAA family, and now Denise Fahy has become the latest member of the Mayo GAA coaching fraternity.
The Shrule native, who is a sister of former Mayo footballer Ger Butler, is the newest ‘Games Promotion Officer’ in the county and enjoyed every minute of her first Cúl Camp experience.
“It’s been brilliant. To be involved with the Cúl Camps is an absolute pleasure, it’s not like work at all,” Denise told The Mayo News.
“You come to work and from the coaches to the kids, everyone is happy to be here.
“It’s just a pleasure, a great experience.
“The main message here is that everyone is having fun,” she added. “Once everyone is having fun and everyone is safe, that’s all you want. When the kids are with their friends they’re happy out.”
As well as having a huge interest in the GAA, Denise also played the game with the Hollymount ladies and just last year set up the Shrule/Glencorrib LGFA club.
So she is well-qualified to assess the secret of the Cúl Camp’s success, especially when it comes to helping to grow the game of ladies football.
“What I see as the secret of it is that it’s not solely about Gaelic football so it suits everybody. “There are kids here who have never touched a football. We have a guy here this week from Dubai, a young kid who’s back on holidays for three weeks. I actually went to school with his mum, she’s from Ballycushion.
“They do rounders, chasing the coach, a wide varied amount of games, as well as football obviously, and nobody is left out.
“It’s all for one.
“Ladies football is growing at a very very fast pace, it’s unbelievable, and it’s brilliant to see it,” she added.
In just a few weeks’ time, Denise will be one of the Mayo coaches who will be hard at work on the ground, visiting primary schools, and trying to spread the footballing gospel.
She is looking forward to it and believes there is a role for everyone to play in the GAA.
“I just want to get more experience in coaching myself, and make sure there are as many kids involved from every club as possible,” she explained.
“There are always going to be a few kids not interested in football, but we can show them that there is a place in the GAA for them as well.
“I’ve seen myself over the years, kids who wouldn’t be involved in football on the pitch, they might be the future secretaries or chairpersons or maybe set up a club themselves where there isn’t one. There’s a place for everyone in the GAA.”


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