PAT BUCKLEY, a former Cork playing colleague from Milford, is one of three selectors named yesterday by Denis Walsh — the others being Pa Finn from St Finbarr’s and Gerry Ryan from the Ballinascarthy club.
Walsh is awaiting news from a potential fourth selector, explaining that because of work commitments he is unsure if he will be in a position to serve.
Buckley won an All-Ireland medal in 1990 as a substitute, losing his place at midfield to Teddy McCarthy for the final against Galway after playing in all the games en route. Two years later he lined out at midfield against Kilkenny in the final, in a team captained by Ger Fitzgerald — who was a member of Gerald McCarthy’s management team.
By coincidence, both himself and Walsh were taken off in the 1992 final. His inter-county career was ended by a serious eye injury two years later, but he continued to play with the club for a while afterwards.
Pa Finn, an uncle of former Cork keeper Ger Cunningham is from the St Finbarr’s club and hurled with Gerald McCarthy. He won a medal as a sub in the 1965 final against UCC.
He coached St Catherine’s (Walsh’s club) to victory over Cloughduv in the 1994 county intermediate championship and in more recent times managed the Cork senior camogie team.
Gerry Ryan, a city-based detective, was full-back on the Carbery team which won the county senior championship title the same year. He also coached Courcey Rovers — being involved with them when Walsh played his last game for St Catherine’s. Ballinascarthy is also the home club of Teddy Holland, who was last year ousted as Cork football manager. Holland later transferred his allegiance to St Finbarr’s.
Meanwhile, the new manager is set to continue with Jerry Wallis as team trainer, crediting him with playing a big part in having the players in such good physical shape for their two league games.
He indicated that he won’t be naming the team to play Kilkenny until Thursday night.
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