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Ronayne steps away as Tipp ladies boss after meteoric four-year rise

The Mitchelstown man was the mastermind behind Tipp ladies’ football recent transformation.

Shane Ronayne.
Shane Ronayne.

SHANE RONAYNE HAS stepped down as manager of the Tipperary ladies footballers after a stint during which The Premier won four national titles in as many years under his tutelage.

The Mitchelstown native took over an intermediate side playing Division 3 football in 2017, but leaves Tipp in the top tier of the league and with a spot in the the All-Ireland senior championship.

“Two All-Ireland intermediate titles were won in 2017 and 2019 and the performances in this year’s senior championship gives great hope for the future of Tipperary ladies football,” Ronayne said in a statement confirming his decision to step away, released on Monday.

“During my tenure I was fortunate to work with some fantastic people in my backroom team and I want to thank my strength and conditioning coaches James O’Leary, Craig Quinlan and Alan O’Connor; our goalkeeping coach Ger Lombard; our physios Maire Aherne, Ronan Crosse and Grainne O’Callaghan; and my selectors Ann Marie Ruby, Sarah Jane Darmody, Elaine Harte, Ed Burke and especially Tony Smith, who was there for all my time with the group.

“A huge thank you to the county board, led first by Biddy Ryan and then Lar Roche, who have always been so supportive of me and the team.

“I would like to thank David Anchell and his team in Camida for their generous support of the team every year. I want to thank Peter Creedon and Tipperary ETB for allowing Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir to be our training base.

“A special thank you to Paddy Lonergan in the Coláiste for his help and unwavering support. Thanks to all the other clubs who allowed us to use their facilities during my time involved. A big thank you to all the supporters who travelled around the country to give the team much appreciated encouragement and support.

“A word of thanks too to the media for their coverage of ladies football and the courtesy they always showed me.

“Finally, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the players in the group who have given so much time and commitment throughout the last four years. I have a huge amount of respect for you all and am eternally grateful for the great days we had as a group.

“I would like to wish all those involved in Tipperary Ladies Football all the very best for the future.”

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aisling-moloney-celebrates-with-shane-ronayne-after-the-game Shane Ronayne celebrates with Aisling Moloney following a successful Division 2 semi-final in 2018. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Lar Roche, chairperson of Tipperary LGFA said the association “would sincerely like to thank Shane Ronayne for his four years of selfless work and devotion, as manager of our senior Intercounty team.

“When Shane initially came on board we were playing at the intermediate grade and playing in Division Three of the National League.

“This coming season in 2021, we will be entering our third year of playing in Division One and our second consecutive year in the senior championship.

“In the past four years, under Shane’s stewardship, we have won four national titles and he has significantly contributed to raising the profile of ladies football in Tipperary.

“Shane has shown unbridled passion for success and his determination and attention to detail have reaped just rewards.

“Thank you Shane and we sincerely wish you every success in the future.”

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