Sunday, July 12, 2020

Andy Moran in his coaching role with the Mayo under-20s earlier this year. Picture: David Farrell Photography

Andy Moran has said that he feels “like a new man” since taking the decision to step away from the Mayo senior football panel. The Ballaghaderreen clubman retired from inter-county football after Mayo’s loss to Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final and while he admitted that the decision to call time on his Mayo career has created “a massive void in your life,” he is satisfied that it was the right time to leave.
“There was no regret,” Moran told the Irish Times. “But still, you do have a massive void in your life. Even since the pandemic started, I deliberately stopped ringing my boys on the team because their loyalty is now to the team, not to me. You cut that off because you have to.
“I didn’t realise that before Covid-19 hit – I was still kind of talking and wondering what was going on with the group. And you don’t even consciously know you are doing it. But then when you pause and take a step back, you see it.”
Moran has since taken the first steps into a coaching career. He was a selector on this year’s Mayo under-20 team under his Ballagh’ clubmate Michael Solan and has also taken on a coaching role with the club in addition to his playing role.
“Even when I was in coaching the under-20s earlier this year, we would be on the bottom pitch coaching the boys and the seniors were on the top pitch. And you would always be looking up. Looking at Ciarán Mc kicking a few balls! So it was nice to step away from it and gather your thoughts. And I feel like a new man now to be honest,” continued Moran.
The 2017 Footballer of the Year also paid tribute to Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Moran knew Garda Horkan well from his years stationed in Ballaghaderreen as well as his long-standing association with Charlestown GAA Club.
“We have a community with families who have played for both clubs. I remember people like Ginger Tiernan at training looking after me so well. Colm was like the intersection between the two places,” said Moran.
“The day it happened I remember telling the staff here about Colm and saying that everything that was going to be said about Colm over the next few days was true. He was that kind of person.”

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