Lisa Fallon has been appointed first-team coach of Galway United men's team.
Fallon will coach under manager John Caulfield at Eamonn Deacy Park.
She was part of Caulfield's backroom team at Cork City when they won the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and FAI Cup double in 2017, FAI Cup in 2016 and three President’s Cups,
The highly-experienced UEFA Pro Licence holder joins the club after successful spells at Chelsea, Cork City FC and with Dublin GAA's senior footballers.
The Dubliner was part women’s technical staff when the club won the WSL and Continental League Cup double in 2020.
She also worked for Northern Ireland’s men’s national team across two World Cup qualifying campaigns and the Euro 2016 campaign.
Her most recent role was head coach of FA Women’s Championship side, London City Lionesses, but she made the decision to return to Ireland prematurely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fallon said the new era at Galway under Caulfield made the role very appealing.
She said: "Galway United is a big club with huge potential. There are fantastic people here and I'm really excited about the plans, ambition and possibilities at this club. I’ve worked with John before and I know the high standards he demands.
"We’ve an exciting squad and a brilliant backroom team and although the club came very close to promotion last season, we know that absolutely everything has to go up a gear for the 2021 campaign."
Fallon was the first female head coach for Galway and was a breakthrough appointment in the League of Ireland when previously at Cork City, something she is very proud of.
"I understand there is significance to my appointment in that respect, and it’s a very proud moment for my family and I, but really, my focus is totally on the players and working with everyone here to make sure we are ready for pre-season and for a strong league campaign.
"I’m grateful to John, the board and all the Galway United supporters for this opportunity. I feel ready and know it will challenge me to draw on all of my experiences over the years but I’m really looking forward to that. I love the game, I love the League of Ireland and I love winning football matches. That’s what we are here to do."
United boss John Caulfield said: "Since the last occasion we worked together I have seen significant developments in Lisa's coaching ability. Her time in England has transformed her into a top coach and has given her the understanding and belief to coach at this level.
"Over there she was operating in the highest learning environment and it is clear to me that now is the right time for her to show her qualities which I believe in. I am delighted to have her on board."
Galway have also confirmed Gary O'Connor as a first team coach, having previously spent a season and a half in charge of the club's under-17 team.
"Gary assisted me for a while when I first took over, but the circumstances didn't suit for him to get involved fully then, but we're delighted that things have changed and it suits Gary to become a part of the backroom staff at the club now," said Caulfield.