Breen Joins TCG
By Damian Dolan
Former Leitrim co-manager Barney Breen has joined the management set up at Tir Chonnail Gaels – a club with whom he has strong connections.
Breen will oversee the club’s senior team along with Eugene Meehan and will be head coach over the whole club.
“He’s a top coach,” said TCG chairman Tom Mohan. “He decided to come to London, I sold the club to him and he was up for coming on board and trying to improve our underage structure as well as senior team.
“I think he’ll be a big asset to the club going forwards with all of the experience he’s gained at inter-county and club level. I think it will be a huge bonus for the club.”
As a player, Breen spent three summers in London in the mid-eighties, helping the Greenford club to win its’ first-ever Conway Cup, before returning home to take his place in Leitrim’s historic Connacht Championship winning side of 1994.
His uncle Patsy McGovern is an ex-president of Tir Chonaill Gaels, while his wife Pam served as assistant treasurer.
When Breen hung up his boots in 1995, he moved into management. He managed Leitrim’s Juniors and spent nine years at underage. In 2008 he was part of Dessie Dolan’s management team, before standing down when Mickey Moran was appointed.
He was brought back on board by Moran in 2011 only to be unexpectedly thrust into the limelight when Moran stepped down due to ill health, leaving Breen and George Dugsdale to take over the reins, at first temporarily before the pair agreed a two-year deal.
The pair guided Leitrim to a Connacht championship victory over London at Ruislip in 2012, but stepped down following Leitrim’s semi-final replay defeat to London last year.