Cork confirm ’99 skipper Landers as Kingston’s replacement

Mark Landers (right) with Willie O'Connor

Mark Landers was last night confirmed as the new coach of the Cork senior hurling team.

The captain of the 1999 All-Ireland SHC-winning side, who coached the county’s minor side this year, has been appointed by Jimmy Barry-Murphy to replace Kieran Kingston, who departed from his role last month due to work commitments.

Landers has also previously managed his native club Killeagh and had been involved with this year’s minors for three years at development-squad level. During that period, the side won the Teddy Hanley Carrigdhoun U15 Tournament and Eugene Carey U17 Tournament.

Seánie McGrath and Johnny Crowley will remain as selectors on a four-man management team.

New managers were also appointed for the Cork U21 and intermediate hurling sides. Damien Irwin — also from Killeagh — will be in charge of the U21s, taking over from Pat Kenneally.

Liam Hayes, previously the intermediate manager, is now an U21 selector, while the rest of the management remains the same, with John Hodgins (St Finbarr’s) still coach and Alan Browne (Blackrock) and Ger O’Halloran (Ballinhassig) as selectors.

Hayes’ replacement on the intermediate management committee will be Ronan Dwane of Aghada. With selector Séamus Lawton also having stepped down, Mallow’s Ronan Sheehan was named as his replacement. Pat O’Connell (Delanys), Peter Brennan (Ballinhassig) and Jerry Linehan (Inniscarra) will stay as selectors. In addition, John Purcell (Ballincollig) was appointed as chairman of the county’s Coiste na nÓg.

Cork County Board chairman Bob Ryan also announced at the meeting that the executive had approved extensions to the contracts of secretary Frank Murphy and administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan.

The extensions, until November 2017, are due to delays involved with the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, which is expected to be finished by the spring of that year and Ryan described this move as having been made to ensure the smooth running of the rebuilding process.

With the deadline for nominations for positions on the county executive having passed, those standing were revealed last night. County board vice-chairman Ger Lane has been confirmed as chairman-elect as he is the only confirmed nominee to replace Bob Ryan.

Ryan, in his final regular meeting as chairman, thanked his colleagues, delegates, clubs and divisions and said it was a pleasure to deal with people of such honesty and integrity.

Bride Rovers club man Lane will be replaced as vice-chairman by either the current PRO Tracey Kennedy (Killeagh) or Cork’s Munster Council delegate Richard Murphy (Lyre).

Those standing for the position of PRO are Cian O’Brien (Glen Rovers), Donal Leahy (Tadhg MacCárthaighs), Derek Connolly (Brian Dillons) and Edmond Forrest (Ballygarvan).

Elsewhere, Valley Rovers delegate Denis O’Riordan proposed a vote of sympathy for his late clubman Archdeadon Michael O’Brien, who died last week. The 1984 and ’90 All-Ireland winning-coach, fondly known as ‘the Canon’, even after his promotion, received widespread tributes from numerous delegates.

Frank Murphy described him as a personal friend for many years and said “he was a wonderful priest, who touched the hearts of so many people”.


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