PádraigHall, a ladies’ football coach from Gort na Móna GAC is the Translink UlsterGAA Coach of the Year for 2018.
This is the second time that Translink and Ulster GAA have partnered on the initiative, which is designed to recognise those club coaches who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the coaching and development of gaelic games.
Following hundreds of public nominations, a panel of experts including All-Ireland winning manager, Joe Kernan, Sports Correspondent, Neil Loughran and Ulster GAA PRO Michael Geoghegan selected one finalist from each county in the province. Over 5000 votes were cast in an online poll to select the overall winner.
Representing County Antrim, Pádraig Hall was presented with his award at the Ulster Club Football Final in Healy Park, Omagh. As well as the title, he also wins a commemorative kit and free coach travel for his team, courtesy of Translink.
Oliver Galligan, Ulster GAA Vice President commented:
“We congratulate Pádraig on being voted a very worthy overall winner of our Translink Coach of the Year initiative and wish his club, Gort na Móna, many safe travels next season as they enjoy their prize of free coach travel.
“All of the finalists deserve great praise as they are the stand out coaches from within their own counties. There were thousands of public votes received over the last few weeks and this demonstrates the strength of club support in the GAA and the wish to acknowledge some outstanding contributions of our volunteer coaches in Ulster.”