Monaghan GAA manager suspended after GAA investigation

By | April 8, 2021

Monaghan senior football manager Seamus McEnaney has been suspended for 12 weeks, by the GAA after admitting to breaching COVID-19 regulations.

After this morning’s investigation by Monaghan GAA, the county management committee confirmed that Mr McEnaney has received a suspension for 12 weeks, beginning immediately.

“Resulting from an internal investigation, our senior team manager, Seamus McEnaney, has admitted that this was a serious error of judgement and apologies unreservedly for the indiscretion,” the committee said in a statement today.

“The County Management Committee have suspended the Monaghan GAA Senior Football manager, Seamus McEnaney for 12 weeks with immediate effect and will fully cooperate and comply with any Croke Park investigation.”

The investigation was launched by the GAA after a dossier was provided to the Justice Minister, as well as the Irish Independent, with evidence that senior Monaghan GAA players gathered with members of Monaghan’s management team in a group of approximately 25 people at the Corduff GAA club, several days before the Dublin senior football players were caught breaching lockdown restrictions.


This meeting was in breach of COVID-19 public health restrictions at the time, and the evidence has since been sent to An Garda Síochána for their investigation into the alleged breaches.

It is understood that there was also video footage contained within the dossier, that appeared to show Monaghan footballers engaged in a training session.

An Garda Síochána have told that they will investigate any potential breaches of the 5km travel limit and may issue fines “where appropriate.”

Mr McEnaney is the second senior county football manager to receive a suspension for breaching the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Dublin manager Dessie Farrell received a 12-week ban on Friday April 1, after he pictured at a secret training session at the Innisfails GAA club last month.

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