ETB student Warren O'Hora joins Brighton
A student at the Cabra ETB Course, O'Hora has also captained Bohemians' Under-17 and Under-19 teams. He broke into the first team last season and impressed in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division for Keith Long's side. On Friday afternoon, the Dalymount Park club confirmed he joined Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international worked in Cabra under the tutelage of Harry McCue, and the National ETB Project Leader is delighted to see the Dubliner make the move to the Premier League.
"Warren got into the first-team at Bohemians, and although he only played half-a-season, he has got the chance to move to Brighton. He's a brilliant role model from the young lads hoping to play in England."
O'Hora is not the first player from Cabra's ETB to move to England, and McCue claimed the move is another endorsement for the programme's eight centres around the country.
"We have quite a few lads who have moved to England like Enda Stevens, Matt Doherty and Chris Forrester. This is great news for the ETB centres. Players that come in, get their full-time training and have have the chance to move to England. It's important for the centres to produce players that will play in the League of Ireland and further afield.
"We always say that the ETB courses are the closest thing we have to an Academy structure in this country. The ETB and the Department of Education and Skills have a huge role to play in the success of the courses. They both dont get the recognition they deserve each year."
McCue expects O'Hora to thrive on the English south coast and told FAI.ie about the teenager's professionalism in the ETB Centre in Cabra.
"He was a model lad on the field and in his studies. Warren will bring a level of dedication and desire to Brighton. He has the ability to get better at a higher level. Hopefully we have instilled some of that into Warren."
Republic of Ireland internationals Daryl Horgan and Kevin Long are among the most high-profile graduates in recent years. The Courses which are based in Dublin, Mayo, Cork and Limerick continue to see players play in the League of Ireland and in England.
Next week, a National ETB Selection will play Tom Mohan's Under-19 side in the AUL as both teams continue their development.