Representing your county at senior level is far from an easy job, putting on the bainisteoir jacket isn’t quite the piece of cake either.
We have seen a lot of amazing players walk in and out of the gates of McHale Park and each have made their mark on the magic that is today Mayo GAA.
In the latest addition to the Legends Series, I talk about a former player who even though made a great impact throughout his playing career, has now become a great leader taking charge as Mayo Ladies manager, the legend that is Michael Moyles.
Making his senior debut in 1996, the Crossmolina native achieved 2x Connaught titles, 1x National League titles, whilst claiming 2 Sigerson titles with IT Sligo.
Taking over from Peter Leahy in 2021, The arrival of Moyles commenced a new era in Mayo ladies’ football and the start of a much-needed revival of Mayo ladies football.
Moyles coached Knockmore, reigning county senior champions, to the Division 1 title in 2019, while he was Crossmolina manager in 2012. Also became Leitrim senior coach in 2017 and 2018, involved with the U20s in ’18 and has took charge of IT Sligo.
Having been in charge for a little over a year it’s safe to say the Moyles era has been nothing but a much-needed boost for Mayo LGFA.
Similar tactics to James Horan, Moyles introduced fresh new faces to give the team that boost to reach their full potential.
When Michael took over as manager I had no doubt it would be a great move for the ladies of Mayo football,
Already getting off to a great start this year, I look forward to seeing the great season ahead for Moyles and his ladies.
You have to earn the respect from your peers when having the opportunity to put on the bainisteor jacket and I couldn’t think of anyone better to be leading the ladies on their quest for the Brendan Martin cup.
We got to see some brilliant performances as a player by Moyles and although his coaching journey has only begun, there’s no doubt the future is bright for Michael in the Bainisteor jacket.
Best of luck to Michael and all the panel for the season ahead.