Brian Cody to continue as Kilkenny manager next season

Brian Cody will mark 19 years in charge of Kilkenny’s senior hurling team after he was confirmed as manager for 2017 following a meeting of the county board in Nowlan Park last night.

Despite speculation changes would be made to his backroom team, the James Stephens man will again be joined by trainer/selector Michael Dempsey as well as selectors James McGarry and Derek Lyng.

Laois native and Carlow IT GAA academy head Dempsey has worked with Cody since 2003, a relationship that has seen Kilkenny claim an impressive nine All-Ireland titles.

Cody’s former charges McGarry (Bennettsbridge) and Lyng (Emeralds) have been part of the management team since September 2013, assisting Cody in Kilkenny claiming back-to-back All-Ireland titles before this year’s final defeat to Tipperary.

Kilkenny begin their season in earnest with a Division 1A opener against Waterford in Nowlan Park on February 12.

Their championship campaign begins in June when they will face Wexford/Laois/Kerry/Meath/Westmeath in a Leinster semi-final.

Former Kilkenny star Eddie Brennan remains at the helm of the U21s and will be hoping to improve on a disappointing 2016 season, when his side were shocked by Westmeath in a Leinster quarter-final in May. He will be assisted by Richie O’Neill (Kilmacow) and Richie Doyle (Barrow Rangers).

Pat O’Grady, who guided the Cats to an All-Ireland intermediate title this year, has been appointed as minor manager. His selectors are Peter Donovan (Erin’s Own), Tom Doheny (St Lachtains), Declan Wall (Mullinavat) and Pat Power (Slieverue). Dunnamaggin’s Anthony McCormack comes on board as O’Grady’s replacement as intermediate manager. Christy Walsh remains senior football manager.

Meanwhile, the Dublin County Board have nominated Leinster chairman John Horan for the GAA presidency.

The Na Fianna man will contest February’s election to succeed Aogán Ó Fearghail in 2018 alongside Frank Burke (Galway), Robert Frost (Clare), Martin Skelly (Longford), and Seán Walsh (Kerry).


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