Mayo native Kieran Kilkenny is the new full-time football coach with south Roscommon GAA club, St. Brigid’s. Employed for a two-year period, his responsibilities will include the promotion of participation in games by national school pupils in the parish and the provision of best coaching practise for the coaches and team mentors involved with all club teams. Club officials believe that given the population growth in the St. Brigid’s catchment area in recent years, the existing excellent volunteer structures require full-time support. Through this appointment, the club hopes to advance the interests of the GAA at local and national levels. ‘At present our club is responsible for seventeen teams and we are continually seeking new people to become involved to assist with these teams. We are aware that, in the past, people who were willing to assist refrained from doing so as they felt inadequately experienced in coaching techniques. As a result of this initiative we are hopeful that many new faces will become involved as they can be confident of receiving excellent tuition and guidance in best coaching practice. Kieran Kilkenny is a graduate of Dublin City University and is a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Health. Originally from Co. Mayo, he has a background in gaelic football, having represented his club, Davitt’s in all grades, and Mayo at minor and U21 level. The St. Brigid’s coaching structure will work in close co-operation with the Roscommon County Coaching and Games Development Committee, with Willie Hegarty and Seamus Sweeney and also with Connacht Coach, John Tobin. Over the past five years, St. Brigid’s has invested heavily in club facilities. Despite the financial burdens, club officials believe that it is essential to promote the games for the years ahead. The generosity of club sponsors was also acknowledged this week.