The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has announced the appointment of a new Limerick County Football Development Officer in Barry McGann.
McGann replaces Conor Nestor, who was a very successful Development Officer in Limerick for the past eight years, and moves into the position which has been co-funded between the FAI and Limerick City and County Council since 2008.
The role strives to increase participation of football in the area through coordination and implementation of various FAI programmes that are in line with Limerick City and County Council objectives.
McGann is from Galway and has been coaching 2009, where he has worked with the FAI Emerging Talent Programme in both Galway and Kerry. Previously a coach and analyst for Galway United, he also coached the Galway & District League and Girls Academy.
A stint with the Chelsea FC Foundation saw McGann work across all programmes in their Community Foundation and with their scouts and managers.
A holder of the UEFA B Coaching Licence, McGann is a graduate of the Institute of Technology, Tralee with a BSc in Health and Leisure Studies.
He headed the FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme in his region and has also worked on projects with Primary Schools, FAI/Croi Walking Football, and RAPID.
The role of the Football Development Officer is to assist the FAI and Limerick City and County Council achieve specific targets through the delivery of football development programmes across the community while developing partnerships and coordination between the relevant stakeholders and maximising their involvement in the development of football in Limerick - from grassroots to elite levels.
Minister of State Patrick O'Donovan, TD, FAI CEO John Delaney, Limerick City and County Council CEO Conn Murray, and Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kieran O'Hanlon were present at the announcement in Rathkeale on Friday morning.