Drumquin woman to coach elite hockey players

Shirley McCay

Shirley McCay

IRISH international Shirley McCay (pictured left) has been appointed to a top coaching post with Ulster Hockey.

McCay, who has played 157 times for Ireland, has been installed as ‘Talent Coach’ within the provincial set-up.


The Drumquin woman will be responsible for the development of young players who have the potential to play at provincial and international level.

McCay, a former Schools’ Cup  and All Ireland winner with Omagh Academy, has been given a four-year contract. And the post will allow the versatile midfielder to continue her international career as well as playing for Dublin-based club side, Old Alex.

“Essentially I’ll be looking after the elite underage groups at U16 and U18 level as well as developing a programme for the under-15 players,” said Shirley, who took last year out to travel the world after completing her studies in Dublin.

“The U16 and U18 squads have obviously been selected but I’ll be responsible for identifying and developing a pathway for the under-15s. The post has been funded by Sport NI and the lottery and I’m looking forward to the challenge. When the job became available it was too good an opportunity to miss.”

McCay, a Level Two coach, will certainly bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the job, given she has represented Ireland at every level since first picking up a hockey stick.

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