Marks named as Ladies manager

Ciaran Marks has been named Louth Ladies Senior team manager following a County Board meeting in Collon on Monday night last.

Ciaran Marks has been named Louth Ladies Senior team manager following a County Board meeting in Collon on Monday night last.

The Na Piarsaigh clubman has enjoyed huge success with Stabannon Parnells in recent times and he will be hoping to continue that at county level.

Ciaran began his managerial career in 2005 and worked at underage level up until 2009 when he was named as a selector with Na Piarsaigh under then manager Cathal Murray, a current St Colman’s College, Newry and Antrim senior coach.

The same year he became the first manager of Na Piarsaigh Ladies GFC and in 2011 he took over as Stabannon manager and spent two hugely successful seasons with the mid-Louth club.

In Ciaran’s first year in charge they won the Leinster Club Championship and reached the All-Ireland final where they lost in controversial circumstances to Lisnaskea by a point. In his two seasons with Stabannon they won the Louth Division 1 League and Louth Senior Championship in both years.

The ambitious manager has confirmed a very strong backroom team for the 2013 season and it is hoped that all clubs and players in Louth will see this as a positive move for ladies football in the county.

It is anticipated that the appointment can bring freshness and a new level of professionalism to both the current squad and younger girls who are coming through the ranks.

Ciaran will be joined by coach Barry Teather and selector, Colin Titley, who were part of the Stabannon managerial team. Also joining the backroom team are selectors, Barney O’Neill, Karen Kane and Sharon O’Donoghue.

County chairman, Pat Carr, wished the new management team well and said he looked forward to the County Board working closely with Ciaran and his team during his tenure.

He noted the development and success of the Louth squad over the past two years and wished Ciaran well in his endeavours to bring his stamp to the panel.

Pat looked forward to the consolidation of the squad and wished Ciaran well in his drive for promotion from Division 4 next year and ultimately to All Ireland success which has just evaded the Wee County in two of the last three years.