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Marks Named as new Louth Senior Ladies team Manager.

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,
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 squad. 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.


Management Team Profiles:
Ciaran Marks
Ciaran began his managerial career in 2005 and up to 2008 worked with various U-14 and U-18 teams.
In 2009 he was a selector with Na Piarsaigh Intermediate team under Manager Cathal Murray (current St Colmans 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 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 Div 1 League and Senior Championship in both years.


Barry Teather

Currently employed by Digi Web, Barry is also from the Na Piarsaigh club and will act as coach and right hand man to Ciaran Marks.

Barry spent the last two seasons as Stabannan Ladies Coach & also coached Pearse Og to their Senior hurling championship in 2012. Barry has spent the last number of years coaching and has gained experience coaching with DKIT, Louth U-21s & Na Piarsaigh at different times. He is well regarded as an emerging coach in the county. With Stabannon Ladies he won the 2011  Louth Senior League & Championship, Leinster Intermediate Championship, All Ireland Intermediate Championship Runners Up and in 2012 they won the Louth Senior League & Championship.
While at Stabannon Ladies Marks and Teather guided a very committed group of players to five trophies in two years while also losing an All Ireland Intermediate club final by a single point in 2011 v Lisnaskea. It is exciting times for two  who grew up together on the Blackrock Road in Dundalk.


Colin Titley
Colin is originally from the Nemo Rangers club in Cork City, he is now married and living in Stabannon. Colin is a Cadbury’s employee and has acted as a Selector for Stabannon Ladies for the past two seasons. He has been a loyal assistant to Ciaran and Barry in the past specialising in compiling statistics and scouting on behalf of the management team.

Barney O’Neill
Barney is a well known St Mocthas clubman having managed their Ladies team’s in recent years. Barney has previously been part of underage Louth Ladies teams and is highly respected amongst players and clubs in the county.
He was in charge of Louth when they won the Leinster U16 Championship in 2008 and a year later when the wee-county took the Leinster Minor Title.
With the Louth Village club he was manager when they won the 2007 Div 3 League a year after their formation. In ’08 they won the Junior C/Ship and lost the 2009  Intermediate Final to St.Marys.
In 2010 he was again at the helm when they won the Intermediate Championship. He also served on the County Board as Fixtures Secretary for two seasons.

His appointment to the backroom team is well deserved for one of the game’s great characters.


Karen Kane
Karen is a member of the Cooley Ladies club. Karen has vast experience at club level with Cooley and enjoyed considerable success during her playing career.

The  former county star comes from a family with strong links to football in Louth.
She is one of the most decorated players in Louth Football, and is the holder of seven senior  Championship and 10 Div 1 League medals with Cooley as well as All-Ireland junior and Leinster club winners medals (98) Leinster Intermediate Championship winners and All-Ireland R/UP medals (99) and All-Ireland winners medals with Louth in ’98 and ’99 and countless medals at U/12,14,16 and 18 with her club.


Sharon O’Donoghue
Sharon has spent recent years with Dundalk Young Irelands (football) and Naomh Monnine (hurling). She is a qualified physical therapist.


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