Mitchelstown in line for Morgan boost

Mitchelstown have received a boost with the news that former Cork manager Billy Morgan could be involved with their intermediate team in 2014.

Larry Tompkins, who served at the helm for the past three seasons, decided to step down after leading Mitchelstown to this year’s county JAFC title and club officials have approached Morgan to lead their intermediate assault.

Morgan is the manager of the UCC Sigerson Cup team and is also likely to continue as a selector with Nemo Rangers’ premier intermediate outfit. While he may not hold the title of team manager, this would represent the first time he has assisted another Cork club, albeit one in a grade which does not contain any Nemo team.

Elsewhere, Peadar Healy has taken over as the manager of the O’Donovan Rossa senior football team. Healy had been a selector with Cork for the entirety of Conor Counihan’s reign, and he will be joined in Skibb by selectors Niall McCarthy and Shane Crowley.

Seán McLoughlin, who played for Tyrone in the 1995 All-Ireland final, has been appointed Carbery Rangers boss.

In hurling, Pat Ryan has returned as manager of Sarsfields. Ryan, an All-Ireland-winner with Cork in 1999, led the Glanmire club to the 2012 county SHC title but opted out this year due to work and family commitments. Another former Cork player, Ronan Dwane, has been handed the reins at Carrigtwohill, having combined managing Aghada’s senior football and intermediate hurling sides for the past few years.

Liam Ryan has returned as manager of Newtownshandrum following the departure of former Clare player and manager Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin after just one year in charge.

County senior champions Midleton have extended manager Peter Smith’s tenure, while in the premier intermediate grade Eddie Murphy, who was Newcestown coach in 2013, will be with Blarney for the coming year. Ballymartle native John Hurley replaces Teddy McCarthy as Bandon hurling boss.


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