Cork hurling boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy is to remain in charge of the Leesiders for a further two years, it was confirmed tonight.
The news that the Finbarr’s clubman had been handed another two-year term at the helm was confirmed at the Cork County Board meeting last night.
The announcement brings to an end significant speculation over whether or not the former All-Ireland winning boss would stay on following a disappointing semi-final defeat in this year’s championship.
Having come within seconds of claiming the title last year before being pegged back by Clare and subsequently losing the replay, the manner of Cork’s exit - albeit at the semi-final stage – was as surprising as it was disappointing for fans in the county.
Barry-Murphy did however lead his side to their first Munster title since 2006 as two second half goals helped the Rebels to victory over Limerick in Páirc Uí Chaoimh earlier this year.
The former dual player also delivered the 1999 All-Ireland title during his first period in charge of the county’s hurlers.
Meanwhile, a former Cork selector who worked closely alongside Barry-Murphy in 2012 and 2013 has been handed the top job with the Dublin hurlers.
Ger Cunningham will take the reins for a period of three years following Anthony Daly’s departure this year.
Cunningham had been widely tipped for the role in the wake of Daly’s departure following his successful spell with Cork, as well as spells in charge of his own club St Finbarr’s and Ballygunner of Waterford whom he led to Munster club success in 2009.
Cunningham had also previously taken charge of UCC’s Fresher team in recent years had was announced as the college’s Fitzgibbon Cup team manager in August.
Elsewhere, former Waterford boss Michael Ryan has stepped back into the inter-county management fold having been ratified as the new man in charge of Westmeath.
Ryan left his post with the Déise senior team following two seasons in charge with many believing he deserved more time in the role.
The Ballymacarbry clubman replaces Brian Hanley in the Westmeath hotseat.