O誰eill joins county backroom team.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

O誰eill joins county backroom team. thumbnail Legendary attacker Stephen O誰eill has joined the Tyrone senior football backroom team as an offensive coach.

The treble All-Ireland winner will impart the secrets of his phenomenal success to the current generation of Red Hand forwards as they chase a return to Sam Maguire Cup glory in 2018.

The Clann na nGael clubman, who is still playing club football at the age of 37, served his county for 14 seasons, earning a host of accolades, including three All-Ireland crowns, five Ulster championships and a pair of National League titles. He also picked up three All-Star awards during his inter-county career.

O'Neill's decision to come on board makes him the third member of his county's successful 'noughties' side to join manager Harte, with Peter Donnelly and Gavin Devlin both having recently committed again to working under the long-serving supremo.

O'Neill will focus on offensive coaching, and if he can impart some of the secrets of his own brilliance, then the Red Hands could be a different proposition in 2018, with a greater emphasis on attack.

Work has already begun on preparations for the new season, and three newcomers who have been called into the squad have met their new team-mates.

Brendan Burns of Pomeroy, Omagh's Ciaran McLaughlin and Michael McKernan of Coalisland, all defenders, will hope to break into the starting fifteen and add something to Tyrone's challenge for major honours in the season ahead.

Meanwhile, the Tyrone GAA teams have a new sponsor. Ballygawley-based firm Tyrone Fabrication have been unveiled as the new title sponsor of the Red Hands at the launch of the new sponsorship agreement in Garvaghey.

The Tyrone Fabrication logo will feature on Tyrone jerseys at Minor, Under 20 and Senior level in both Football and Hurling.

Speaking at the launch, Tyrone Fabrication Director Antain McDermott said: "On behalf of Tyrone Fabrication, I express our delight on becoming the title sponsor of Tyrone GAA.

"As avid GAA and Tyrone fans we are honoured, both on a personal and commercial level. We aim to build a strong and successful relationship with Tyrone GAA over the coming seasons.

All at Tyrone Fabrication would like to take this opportunity wish Tyrone GAA every success." He added: "We 're at all the Tyrone games, we're big Tyrone supporters, and we have a personal relationship with a lot of the players and management, being from the Errigal Ciaran area.

"It will be a mutually beneficial relationship for us and Tyrone GAA and we look forward to two years of co-operation." Roisin Jordan, Chairperson of the Tyrone County Committee, said: "I am delighted to welcome Tyrone Fabrication into the Tyrone GAA family as our new title sponsor. Based within the county, they are a progressive company with strong GAA credentials that are going from strength to strength."

Tyrone Fabrication succeeds Cookstown-based construction firm McAleer and Rushe, who have ended their three-years sponsorship of Tyrone.

Speaking at the launch at Garvaghey, Mrs Jordan, who is the GAA's only female county chairperson, predicted that women will become increasingly prominent in the committee rooms of the Association up and down the country.

She welcomed the confirmation of Cork's first female chair, and urged other women in administration to aim for leading positions.

Tracey Kennedy will be elected unopposed at annual convention in the Rebel county next month, after being nominated unopposed for the top post.

"I would like to see women in general coming forward now and taking up positions within their counties," said Mrs Jordan, who is about to complete her third year in the Red Hand county hotseat.

"This is still quite new, new to everyone, and new to myself. But I have never had any difficulty with anyone, no matter which county I travelled to. They have been more than welcoming." Mrs Jordan endorsed the incoming Cork chairperson with a vote of confidence in her capacity to fulfil the role with distinction.

"It's very much welcomed. Tracy has been a member of the GAA in Cork for a long while, fulfilling a number of positions.

"She was the PRO, and vice-chair last year, and it's only right that she would go on to take this position, and I have no doubt that she will be a very good chair."


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