Dublin’s Ladies Football Legend Mick Bohan Confirms Eighth Season
Mick Bohan: The Mastermind Behind Dublin’s Ladies Football Dominance
Mick Bohan is the longest-serving and most successful manager in the history of Dublin ladies football. He has led the team to six All-Ireland titles, six Leinster titles, and two National Leagues since taking charge in 2016.
How Bohan Transformed Dublin into a Winning Machine
Bohan’s first stint with Dublin ladies football was as a selector in 2002, when the county won its first senior provincial title. He returned as the head coach in 2016, after Dublin had lost three consecutive All-Ireland finals to Cork.
Under his guidance, Dublin broke their All-Ireland drought in 2017, beating Mayo in the final. They went on to win four more All-Ireland titles in a row, becoming only the second team to achieve this feat after Cork.
Bohan’s coaching philosophy is based on creating a positive and supportive environment for the players, fostering a strong team spirit, and playing an attractive and attacking style of football.
How Dublin Bounced Back from a Shock Defeat in 2021
Dublin’s bid for a fifth consecutive All-Ireland title was halted by Meath in 2021, who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in ladies football history. Meath beat Dublin by a single point in the final, ending their 21-game unbeaten run in the championship.
Bohan admitted that the defeat was a “devastating blow” for the team, but he praised Meath for their performance and vowed to come back stronger.
He made good on his promise, as Dublin returned to the top of ladies football in 2022, with a new-look team that featured several young and talented players. Dublin beat Cork in the semi-final, avenging their previous losses to them, and then defeated Galway in the final to lift the Brendan Martin Cup for the sixth time under Bohan.
What’s Next for Bohan and Dublin?
Bohan has confirmed that he will stay on as the Dublin manager for an eighth year in 2023, saying that he still has the “hunger and passion” for the job. He will be hoping to lead Dublin to another successful year, as they aim to defend their All-Ireland title and challenge for more silverware.
His backroom team for 2023 will be announced in due course. He is expected to retain most of his coaching staff, who have been instrumental in Dublin’s success over the years.
Bohan is widely regarded as one of the best managers in ladies football history, and his legacy with Dublin is already assured. He has transformed the county into a powerhouse of the game, and inspired a generation of young girls to play football.
BREAKING NEWS …
Dublin LGFA can confirm that Mick Bohan has been reappointed for one more term as Dublin Ladies senior manager.
— DublinLGFA (@dublinladiesg) October 17, 2023