FORMER Ireland rugby international Niall Ronan has been appointed manager of the St Colmcille’s senior footballers in his native Meath.
The former Leinster and Munster flanker — who was capped four times by Ireland under Declan Kidney — was forced to retire from rugby in 2014 due to a knee injury.
Having played minor football for the Royals, he returned to GAA and was a member of the Colmcille’s team that won Meath and Leinster intermediate titles in 2016.
With Ronan at full-forward, the Bettystown club went on to suffer a one-point defeat in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park against a Westport outfit starring Lee Keegan.
The 41-year-old previously worked as strength and conditioning coach for the Meath senior footballers during Andy McEntee’s tenure.
He takes the reins of a Colmcille’s side that reached the quarter-finals of this year’s Meath SFC.
The club said: “We wish Niall and all the squad the very best of luck for 2024 as we look to build on the club’s excellent progress.”
Elsewhere in multi-sport stories involving figures with GAA backgrounds, Matt Duffy’s bid to succeed in the AFL will be put on hold after the Longford youngster was dealt a cruel blow.
Having been recruited as an international rookie in August, Duffy was given permission to continue lining out for Dromard in the Longford SFC.
But Carlton expect the 19-year-old to be out of action for up to 12 months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
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Duffy sustained the knee injury during his club’s semi-final defeat to Clonguish last month.
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