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Former Clare football mastermind to return as Dublin's ladies senior team manager

Mick Bohan is set to return for a second spell in charge – and will be ratified as Gregory McGonigle’s successor in January.

Mick Bohan (left) with Clare senior football team manager Colm Collins.
Mick Bohan (left) with Clare senior football team manager Colm Collins.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

FORMER CLARE SENIOR football coach Mick Bohan is set to become Dublin’s ladies senior team manager for a second time.

Bohan, who managed the Dublin ladies to an All-Ireland final appearance in 2003, will return to the role in the new year as he’s expected to be formally ratified as Gregory McGonigle’s successor in January.

Bohan stepped down from Clare, his father’s native county, in October after spending one season alongside manager Colm Collins.

It was a fruitful year for Collins and Bohan, as the Banner County claimed Allianz Football League Division 3 glory and progressed to an All-Ireland senior quarter-final appearance, where they bowed out against Kerry.

And now Bohan has been recommended by Dublin ladies officials to step into the hot-seat vacated by McGonigle, who guided the Sky Blues to three successive All-Ireland final appearances during his spell at the helm.

Bohan will bring a considerable degree of expertise to the Dublin job, having previously worked as a skills coach alongside Jim Gavin when All-Ireland wins were achieved at U21 level in 2010 and 2012, and in the senior grade in 2013.

Mick Bohan 13/9/2003 Mick Bohan previously managed the Dublin ladies senior football team in 2003. Source: INPHO

Bohan was also involved in three of DCU’s four Sigerson Cup wins, and he’s also enjoyed spells with Dublin clubs Thomas Davis, Lucan Sarsfields and, most recently, Clontarf.

DCU-based lecturer and coach Ken Robinson will work alongside Bohan as Dublin’s strength and conditioning coach.

Robinson has previously been involved with the Dublin senior hurlers, Ballymun Kickhams and Lucan Sarsfields.

Robinson is currently the Chief Executive of DCU sport and the Dublin ladies footballers will continue to avail of the state-of-the-art facilities at the northside venue.

Ken Robinson and manager Ger Cunningham Ken Robinson (left) has previously worked with the Dublin senior hurlers.

In Bohan’s second coming as Dublin ladies manager, the Jackies will hope to land a second All-Ireland senior crown.

Champions in 2010, Dublin lost to Cork in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Brendan Martin Cup deciders.

Bohan and Dublin suffered a narrow All-Ireland final defeat (0-5 to 1-4) against Mayo 13 years ago, when Diane O’Hora struck an injury-time goal to deny Dublin what would have been a first senior title.

Dublin convention also passed a motion proposing that HawkEye be used at Croke Park for ladies football purposes next year, and that will now go forward for consideration at the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Annual Congress in 2017.

The score detection technology was not in use at GAA HQ in September when Dublin forward Carla Rowe had a legitimate first-half point ruled out by umpires, a crucial moment as Cork won by a single point.

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