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Sunday 17 December 2017

Joe Kernan named the new International Rules manager

Joe Kernan
Joe Kernan

Joe Kernan has been confirmed as the new Ireland International Rules manager today.

Kernan is understood to have been the preferred choice of new GAA president Aogan O Fearghail for the position over the next two years.

The former Armagh All-Ireland winning manager takes over from Paul Earley, who had been manager for the last two series.

Kernan has enjoyed huge success at all levels of the GAA, guiding his club Crossmaglen Rangers to All-Ireland success on three occasions, 1997, 1999 and 2000, before taking over his county and winning their only All-Ireland title in his first year in charge, 2002.

Former All-Ireland winners Darragh O Se (Kerry) and Padraic Joyce (Galway) will join former Kildare footballer Dermot Earley as Kernan's selectors.

In recent years Kernan has enjoyed success as Ulster manager and has been a strong advocate of the inter-provincial series.

His appointment to the International Rules job puts him in a position to enjoy success at every representative level of the GAA.

Kernan is likely to be appointed for a two-year period, now that agreement has been reached to restore the series to an annual event.

The GAA and the AFL recently agreed to stage a one-Test series in November, with the expectation that there will be a further series in Australia 12 months later.

The series had been hanging in the balance after the two-Test series in 2013 when the Australians sent a weakened team and were hammered.

There have already been three Ulster managers: Brian McEniff, Pete McGrath and Anthony Tohill.

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