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Diarmuid to focus on next generation

In possession: Diarmuid O’Carroll during his playing career

A FORMER Killarney Athletic soccer star, who progressed to join the professional ranks with Glasgow Celtic and became an Ireland under 21 international, has landed a new job in football management.

Diarmuid O’Carroll, the son of Joe and Eileen O’Carroll from Ross Road, Killarney, has taken charge of the Motherwell under 18 squad and he will join forces with senior team boss Stephen Robinson in preparing young players for the big step-up.

The former St Brendan’s College student signed a professional contract with Glasgow Celtic – then managed by Martin O’Neill – in 2003 having caught the eye while playing with Home Farm in the League of Ireland.

Now aged 32, he later played in Iceland after lining out for Ross County, Morecambe and Airdrie United before moving to Northern Ireland where he played for Glenavon, Cliftonville and Crusaders.

Diarmuid then opted to pursue his UEFA coaching licence and, more recently, he has been working as a coach in Las Vegas.

Of his new role with the Scottish club, O’Carroll said: “This club has an exceptional pedigree of developing young talent and I hope to play my part in helping the next generation come through.”

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