Charlie McCarthy, Seán O’Gorman and Pat Mulcahy part of committee to find Cork boss

Former Cork hurlers Charlie McCarthy, Seán O’Gorman and Pat Mulcahy will form part of the committee charged with finding the county’s new senior hurling manager.

At last night’s county board meeting in Nemo Rangers, a five-man committee — along similar lines to that established to search for a new football manager — was set up to seek a replacement for Jimmy Barry-Murphy, who stepped down from his post last month.

St Finbarr’s clubman McCarthy captained Cork to the 1978 All-Ireland, one of five medals he won, while he was joint-manager with Johnny Clifford for the 1985 All-Ireland minor win and was senior manager in 1988. O’Gorman, of Milford, was part of the successful 1990 side, winning an All-Star that year and 1993, while he was county U21 manager in the last decade.

Mulcahy (Newtownshandrum), won All-Irelands in 2004 and ’05 and is currently the coach of the Cork IT Fitzgibbon Cup team.

Chairman Ger Lane and secretary Frank Murphy will also be on the committee, as they are for the football, along with John Coleman, John O’Driscoll and Nicholas Murphy.

Lane paid tribute to Barry-Murphy upon his departure.

“Jimmy stands for everything that the GAA does,” he said.

“He’s a fantastic person and he gave tremendous service, we were honoured to have him as our manager.”

Lane also congratulated the Cork senior camogie team, which won a second successive All-Ireland at the weekend, while Sciath na Scol delegate Liam Weir acknowledged the efforts of the chairman in arranging for Páirc Uí Rinn to be made available for 16 of 30 primary schools finals in November.

“We’re happy that Páirc Uí Rinn is available for 16 games, exactly 16 more than for the hurling finals in May,” he said, to guffaws.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the chairman for his hard work over the past few weeks and we will consult with CIT with regard to the remainder of the games.”

Meanwhile, TJ Ryan’s new-look Limerick backroom team was ratified at last night’s county board meeting.

Former Clare All-Ireland-winning strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor replaces Mark Lyons who is one of two departures from this summer’s management team, coach Paul Beary also opting not to return for the 2016 campaign.

Joining the management team along with O’Connor is Don Flynn, who is one of two selectors alongside Davy Clarke, who remains on.

Conor McCarthy is the new liaison officer, while Sean O’Donnell has come on board as video analyst. The new-look management team is without a coach at present.

Pat Donnelly was ratified as the new Limerick minor hurling manager, filling the void left by Leo O’Connor. Anthony Daly will remain on as team coach.

Elsewhere, Mickey Harte was been re-appointed as Tyrone senior football manager on a two-year term, having completed a one-year term with the All-Ireland semi-final loss to Kerry.

Last week, Harte met a three-person delegation from the county executive, led by chairperson Roisín Jordan, to discuss all aspects of the team management situation.

He reiterated his desire to remain in the job, a position he had outlined publicly in the immediate aftermath of the four points defeat to the Kingdom.

At that meeting, the treble All-Ireland winning manager submitted his detailed plan to bring the glory times back to the Red Hand county.

Last night, details of the delegation’s deliberations were conveyed to the remainder of the county executive and to club delegates at a crunch meeting at Tyrone GAA headquarters in Garvaghey.


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