Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is to make his first foray into the area of club management following his appointment as coach of Na Piarsaigh’s senior hurling and premier intermediate football teams.
The three-time All-Ireland senior hurling medallist retired from club hurling after the 2014 season but did turn out for the city club’s footballers last year. The northsiders have appointed the same management team for both codes for the coming campaign, with Stephen O’Sullivan manager and Ó hAilpín as coach.
Other changes among senior hurling championship teams see Eddie Murphy return to Ballymartle after his Blackrock departure, where two more All-Ireland winners, Fergal Ryan and Wayne Sherlock, have taken charge. Teddy McCarthy replaces Pat Ryan at Sarsfields, in the wake of Ryan becoming involved with the Cork team.
In football, county senior champions Nemo Rangers have the same backroom team, but with one notable change as Larry Kavanagh and Steven O’Brien swap positions. Kavanagh, who captained Nemo to Munster Club SFC glory in 2000, has been a selector for the past three seasons but now assumes the role of manager, with former Cork skipper O’Brien making the opposite switch. Colin Corkery, John Coogan, and Conor Buckley were also part of the management set-up.
Other new senior football managers are James McCarthy (Castlehaven), Ned English (Ballincollig), Andrew McCarthy (Bishopstown), Ronan McCarthy (Carbery Rangers), and Paul Holland (Clonakilty).
While Friday night’s Tadhg Crowley Cup final between Clonakilty and Valley Rovers doubles up as a Rochestown Park Hotel FL Division 1 clash, the league proper begins on the weekend of February 5-7.
Meanwhile, former Kildare and Wexford football boss Jason Ryan has taken up a new coaching role with his home club De La Salle in Waterford, the two-time Munster Club senior hurling winners. Ryan recently took up a position with Airtricity League Premier Division outfit Wexford Youths, and will oversee their strength and conditioning work pre-season.
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