The new Athlone Town AFC Director of Football is Dermot Lennon, who has been living in South Roscommon for a number of years.
A former first team manager with Athlone Town, Dermot’s son Adam plied his trade with UCD who finished third in the League of Ireland First Division last season.
The Lennon family have been living in the Kiltoom area where Adam — a former Hodson Bay Celtic player — attended Ballybay National School and subsequently Athlone Community College before going on to study Sports and Exercise Management in UCD.
Strong performances at the Kennedy Cup with the Athlone District Schoolboys League, followed by a successful trial at Lissywoolen, saw Adam sign for Athlone Town at U-15 level before moving to Dublin.
In a recent interview with the Roscommon Herald, Adam recalls going to matches with his father when Dermot was manager of Athlone Town’s first team.
The new Director of Football will work alongside current manager Martin Russell in addition to coaches involved with the club’s underage teams. He guided Athlone to league success at U-15 level just over four years ago — a team his son Adam was part of.
“Dermot, who is very well known to Athlone fans as well as the wider football family, has been involved with the club as a player from underage to senior football and from coaching to managing at all levels within the club and will bring a wealth of experience to the role,” said a statement from Athlone Town.
“He will work with all our teams, both senior and underage, to ensure that each team has the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential. We wish Dermot all the best in his new role,” the club continued.
Athlone Town will begin their 2022 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign with a home game against Waterford on Friday, February 18th.