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Ray Larkin and Brian Finn and thv eir backroom team were ratified at a meeting of the Mayo GAA County Board this evening in Castlebar. Larkin and Finn have been offered a two year term and take over from Dave McConn and Tom Phillips, who stepped down after just one year at the helm.
Galway native, Ray Larkin led Tooreen hurling club to the AIB GAA All-Ireland Intermediate hurling final against Limerick’s Monaleen in Croke Park earlier this year. The Kilnadeema/Leitrim clubman has won six county hurling finals and four Connacht hurling titles. Brian Finn has managed the Mayo U17 Celtic Challenge hurling team and the Mayo U20 hurling team for the past two years.
Former Sligo GAA senior hurling manager Pádraig Mannion was also ratified this evening as a new addition to the Mayo senior hurling backroom team. The Galway native who spent three years at the helm with the Sligo senior hurlers winning back-to-back Allianz National Hurling League promotions in 2020 and 2021 will act as a selector with Larkin and Finn. Mannion also managed the Athleague senior hurling team to the Roscommon County Hurling Final in 2020.
Larkin and Finn have assembled a very impressive backroom team with former Galway senior hurler Nigel Shaughnessy enlisted as head coach. The Loughrea native has also coached senior hurling club sides Clarinbridge and Killimordaly in Galway and Na Piarsaigh in Limerick.
Mayo GAA Chairperson Seamus Tuohy said at last nights County Board meeting following the ratification of Ray Larkin and Brian Finn that the new hurling management would have the support of the county board and all the hurling clubs. “There is a lot of interest and support for hurling in Mayo at present and the emergence of several new adult hurling clubs in Mayo augers well for the future,” commented Seamus Tuohy.
Mayo GAA Hurling Chairperson Sean Ó Raghallaigh wished Ray, Brian, Nigel and Padraig well in their new positions. “There are twelve adult senior hurling teams in Mayo at present and I know they will cast their net wide and far in search for the best players to represent Mayo in the coming year. Tremendous work is taking place in all the hurling clubs in Mayo to promote the game of hurling at present and the Mayo GAA hurling committee will not be found wanting in supporting them,” commented Sean Ó Raghallaigh.