Alan O'Mara, the former Cavan GAA player turned author and wellbeing coach, has been appointed as the new Manager of the New York GAA senior football team.

"I'm incredibly proud to be appointed the New York GAA manager," O'Mara, who recently shared a mental health wellbeing series, told IrishCentral on Monday.

"In my opinion, it is one of the most unique GAA jobs in the world and it is a challenge that excites me to my core. 

“So much good work has happened in recent years to improve how we prepare our senior team thanks to the players, county board, management, clubs, and volunteers. 

Huge gains have also been made in how we produce homegrown players through our development squads and player pathway.

"I am grateful to everyone who has helped build this foundation that we will be aiming to build on in the coming seasons. 

Mayo coming to town in April is a brilliant opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in Ireland and to help us prepare for our Tailteann Cup campaign. 

“I believe from my conversations so far with players that there is a desire to build on the success of 2023 and to enjoy doing the work it will take for us to become the best team that we can be.”

Alan O'Mara has been appointed the new Manager of the New York GAA Senior Football Team.

Alan O'Mara has been appointed the new Manager of the New York GAA Senior Football Team.

The New York Gaelic Athletic Association (NYGAA) said on December 1 that it was "thrilled" to announce the formation of its new management team for the 2024 season, "following a historic win against Leitrim in the Connacht Championship at Gaelic Park."

New York GAA described O'Mara as a "key figure in the Westmeath NY Club" who will bring "a wealth of experience and a fresh strategic perspective" to the role of Manager.

Meanwhile, Tyrone native Ronan McGinley, a former New York GAA senior player and captain, will serve as Coach, "promising to infuse the team with his passion and in-depth understanding of the game."

Jeff Farrell, David McNamara, and Dean O'Donnell have been named as new Selectors, while Mick Cunningham is the new Player Development Coach.

Sean Kelly, who has been involved with Waterford New York Hurlers for a number of years, will oversee Strength and Conditioning, while Sinead Burns joins as the Manual Therapist and Physio.

New York GAA says it "looks forward to an exciting season ahead with this new leadership team, confident that their collective expertise will steer the team to new successes.

"We invite our community and supporters to rally behind the team as they embark on this exhilarating journey in Gaelic football."