07 September 2015
Paul O'Reilly has decided to move on from his position at IT Carlow where he has been the FAI Co Ordinator on the BA Degree Course in Sports and Exercise (Soccer) since it began six years ago, and take on a major role with the New Zealand FA.
O'Reilly and his wife will depart for Auckland shortly and begin work in establishing and developing an Emerging Talent Programme for the New Zealand association.
'It's a great opportunity for me to get into something new and I've always fancied working in football abroad' explained O'Reilly.
'The work will be similar to what I've been doing in Carlow but with players in the younger 11 -15 age group' he added.
O'Reilly's time at IT Carlow has been a hugely successful period in Colleges and Universities football for the institute.
As manager of the IT Carlow first team they claimed two Colleges and Universities Premier League titles (2011 and 2012) plus four Colleges FAI Umbro Cup wins in successive years since 2012.
In fact one of O'Reilly's highlights of his time at IT Carlow was winning the League and Cup double in 2012 - the first and only time a Colleges FAI side has completed this unique achievement.
The IT Carlow course has been produced many talented players plus coaches and others who are currently working in football both at home and abroad.
O'Reilly was also Assistant Coach to Ireland team manager Danny Crowley at the last two World University Games in Kazan, Russia 2013 and at Gwangju South Korea last July where Ireland managed to again finish fifth out of sixteen nations to equal their highest ever finish achieved in Kazan two years ago.
Two fixtures at those games in particular stand out for O'Reilly as having seen the Ireland side defy the odds and produce two top class performances.
'Our opening group game in Russia happened to be against the hosts at the famous Rubin Kazan Stadium and live on tv, they were well up for this game and expected to win comfortably as their side contained several Rubin players but we surprised them coming out on top 2-1 with goals from Corey Davidson and a Darren Forsyth penalty' explained O'Reilly.
'Then in Gwangju last July we faced the Russians once more, this time in our final group game and needing a win to progress to the quarter final.
Again we produced a magnificent performance and goals from Jake Corrigan and Alan O'Sullivan saw us through despite conceding a late penalty' continued O'Reilly.
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O'Reilly now takes these and many other memories to New Zealand and all in Colleges and Universities Football will want to wish him and his wife the very best of luck.