Ballina Town FC announces new first team manager

Ballina Town FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Henry as the new manager of Super League team.

Alan, who takes over first team duties from Mark Beattie, comes into the role with impressive credentials.
His most recent role was as first team coach of League of Ireland club Finn Harps under manager Ollie
Horgan. Prior to that he was first team coach of Sion Swifts in the NIFL Women’s Premier League, which
followed a term as assistant manager of the Sligo Rovers Under 17 Women’s team in the National League.
He was Sligo/Leitrim Emerging Talent manager/coach from 2014 to 2018, and held the role of
manager/coach of the Real Tubber FC senior men’s team from 2009 to 2015 while also performing a
number of other roles with the Tubbercurry-based club over a nine-year stint.
A UEFA B licence holder, Alan has taken the drive and passion he displayed as a player into his coaching
career and comes to Ballina Town with 14 years of high-level experience on the sidelines.
Announcing the appointment, Ballina Town FC chairman Simon Beale said: “Alan is a highly qualified
coach and we are delighted to have secured his services. He brings a huge degree of experience to the role
of first team manager and we are excited to see how the players develop under his leadership.”
Mr. Beale acknowledged the input of former manager Mark Beattie under whose tenure the team finished
in second place in the 2021 and 2022 Super League campaigns and won this year’s Westaro Super Cup.
He also paid special tribute to former assistant manager Aidan Cowan for his unstinting dedication to first
team affairs over the past two seasons.

The first assignment for Alan Henry as Ballina Town FC first team manager is a Connacht FA Junior Cup
third round fixture away to St. Bernard’s of Galway on Sunday, January 15th.