Statement from Shane Ronayne & Tipperary Ladies Football

After the championship game vs Monaghan my term as Tipperary Ladies Football manager ended. I have decided that I will not be seeking a new term in charge of the team. I haven’t made this decision lightly and my association with this group of players and management team certainly made the decision extremely hard. I feel that after 4 years the time is right for a change. My time in charge of the team has been both enjoyable and successful. In the National League we gained back to back promotions in 2017 and 2018 and the players will in early 2021 commence their third campaign in a row in Division 1. Two All Ireland Intermediate titles were won in 2017 and 2019 and the performances in this year’s Senior championship gives great hope for the future of Tipperary Ladies Football. During my tenure I was fortunate to work with some fantastic people in my backroom team and I want to thank my S&C coaches James O’Leary, Craig Quinlan and Alan O’Connor, our goalkeeping coach Ger Lombard, our physios Maire Aherne, Ronan Crosse and Grainne O’Callaghan, and my selectors Ann Marie Ruby, Sarah Jane Darmody, Elaine Harte, Ed Burke and especially Tony Smith who was there for all my time with the group. A huge thank you to the County board led first by Biddy Ryan and then Lar Roche have always been so supportive of me and the team. I would like to thank David Anchell and his team in Camida for their generous support of the team every year. I want to thank Peter Creedon and Tipperary ETB for allowing Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir to be our training base. A special thank you to Paddy Lonergan in the Colaiste for his help and unwavering support. Thanks to all the other clubs who allowed us to use their facilities during my time involved. A big thank you to all the supporters who travelled around the country to give the team much appreciated encouragement and support. A word of thanks too to the media especially Tipp Fm and Tipp Midwest for their coverage of Ladies football and the courtesy they always showed me. Finally a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the players in the group who have given so much time and commitment throughout the last four years, I have a huge amount of respect for you all and am eternally grateful for the great days we had as a group. I would like to wish all those involved in Tipperary Ladies Football all the very best for the future.

Yours in sport

Shane Ronayne

Manager Shane Ronayne ©