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New Laois U-17 football manager to follow in father’s footsteps

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New Laois U-17 Football manager Donnacha Phelan
New Laois U-17 Football manager Donnacha Phelan

The new Laois U-17 football manager will be put forward for ratification at next Monday’s County Committee meeting.

Ballyfin’s Donncha Phelan is the man that the selection committee have tasked with the job.

He will follow in the footsteps of his Dad Oliver who was in charge of the Laois minors during the most successful spell.

Oliver led Laois to an All Ireland minor victory in 1997 and an All Ireland Minor final appearance the following year.

Laois defeated Tyrone by 3-11 to 1-14 in 1997 before going down by 2-11 to 0-11 the following year.

Under his stewardship, Laois also won two Leinster titles, which completed a three-in-a-row by 1998.

Donncha was actually on the 1997 team and he, along with his dad, was honoured on the pitch in O’Moore Park at half time in Sunday’s county final to celebrate 20 years since that historic win.

Donncha played for his club Ballyfin for a number of years and also runs his own business in Portlaoise.

Active Body Clinic is the name of Phelan’s business and is an Osteopathy and Chartered Physiotherapy practice.

He specialises in working with athletes to help optimise the performance of their body.

The system of treatment he uses treats not only the MusculoSkeletal system of the body, but also the relationship between the organs and the structural aspect.

His treatment is unique in Ireland and Britain and is only available otherwise in Holland.

Donncha’s managerial pedigree comes from the last four years in charge of his native Ballyfin.

In 2014, he, along with Killian Fitzpatrick, won the Intermediate football championship after stunning Timahoe in the decider.

Under his guidance, Ballyfin have now completed three years at the top table.

In 2015, they ended up in relegation trouble where they saved themselves by defeating Ballylinan in a relegation semi final.

The following year, they stunned Emo and then went down to St Joseph’s before knocking out reigning champions Stradbally this year.

Phelan’s management team is set to be put together in the coming weeks.

From next year, the U-17 championship will become the primary underage competition after replacing the minor grade completely.

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