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Former All-Ireland intermediate-winning boss appointed new Mayo ladies football manager

Peter Leahy takes over from Frank Browne who led Mayo to its first senior All-Ireland final appearance in a decade.

Leahy pictured during the 2011 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship final.
Leahy pictured during the 2011 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship final.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

MAYO LADIES WILL enter the 2018 senior football Championship with a new boss at the helm after the county on Saturday confirmed that Peter Leahy would take the reigns as manager.

Former Westmeath minor and St Malachy’s boss Leahy was drafted in as a coach for the side in the middle of the 2017 Championship, in which Mayo were defeated by Dublin 4-11 to 0-11 in this year’s decider at Croke Park.

He takes over from Frank Browne who succeeded in leading Mayo to its first All-Ireland senior ladies football final appearance in over a decade, as well as a Connacht title during his three years in charge.

The Wexford native stepped down in early October following his side’s 12 point defeat to Dublin in what was Mayo’s first appearance in an All-Ireland final since their 2007 defeat to Cork.

The county confirmed Leahy’s appointment on Saturday, saying: “Mayo LGFA are now in a position to confirm the appointment of Peter Leahy as the new Senior County Manager. We wish him every success in his new role.”

He led Westmeath Ladies to Leinster and intermediate success in 2011 as joint-manager, defeating Cavan in the All-Ireland decider at Croke Park six years ago following a replay.

Leahy also took charge of the Westmeath minor football panel in 2016 and was a member of Michael Ryan’s backroom team overseeing the Westmeath senior hurlers in 2015.

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