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Ulster GAA Coach of the Year Awards now open

Thursday 24th October 2019

October 23, 2019

(L-R) Paddy Tally, Down GAA Manager alongside Jimmy Darragh, Provincial Games Manager, Ulster GAA, Damian Bannon, Belfast Area Manager, Translink and Oliver Galligan, President, Ulster GAA launching the 2019 Ulster GAA Coach of the Year Awards.

Down Football Manager, Paddy Tally, joined Ulster GAA and Translink representatives at St Mary’s University College, Belfast this week to officially launch the 2019 Coach of the Year Awards.

Now in its third year, the initiative celebrates the work carried out by volunteer club coaches and managers across the province, recognising their outstanding contribution to Gaelic games and local communities here. The awards are free to enter and club coaches from across every code and level in Ulster are eligible.

Players, parents, committee members and supporters have until 6 November to put forward their entry. Following public nominations, a panel of experts including Paddy Tally and Irish News Sports Columnist, Neil Loughran will select one finalist from each county to go forward to a public vote.

The overall winner will be announced at the Ulster Football Senior Club Championship Final and will receive a specially commissioned kit for themselves, and free coach travel for their team, courtesy of Translink.

Encouraging everyone to get nominating, Damian Bannon, Belfast Area Manager, Translink, said:

“Translink launched the Coach of the Year initiative in 2017, alongside our partners Ulster GAA, to recognise the efforts of volunteer coaches throughout many communities here. Each year we receive thousands of nominations and votes, and our sponsorship of this programme has given us the opportunity to see first-hand the great work many coaches do on a daily basis.”

Launching the awards, competition judge, Paddy Tally added:

“Volunteer coaches are the back-bone of GAA clubs across the country. The sport that we know, and love, would not be the same if they didn’t dedicate the hours they do. As a manager myself, I’m delighted to be involved and encourage people from every county in Ulster to put forward a person they think is deserving of the accolade before 6 November.”

To nominate a coach for this award, visit:

Nominations close at 11.59pm 6 November 2019.