Wednesday 26 June 2019

Kenny's team set to be ratified

Paul O’Brien
Paul O’Brien

Mattie Kenny's Dublin senior hurling management team is expected to be formally ratified at the county board's annual convention in Parnell Park tomorrow evening.

Crumlin's Paul O'Brien, this year's Dublin under-21 manager, will be one of Kenny's selectors, as is Limerick native and Faugh's clubman, Eoin Roche, who was part of O'Brien's U21 management.

Both men are centrally involved with DCU, where O'Brien works as Hurling Development Officer and where the team will primarily train.

Roche, meanwhile, managed the college to a first Fitzgibbon Cup final appearance in their history last spring. He also took the college to a breakthrough Freshers title in 2017.

As expected, former Galway defender Greg Kennedy will serve in a selector/coach role in the new setup.

Kennedy was one of Kenny's trusted lieutenants during his stint with Cuala and it is expected that he will work closely with the Dublin defenders in his new role.

In addition, Antrim native, Mickey McCullough is also part of the ticket.


McCullough, who has worked with UCD, Derry and Meath in the past, trained Ballyboden St Enda's this year as they won the Dublin SHC 'A' title under the management of Joe Fortune.

He also managed Armagh club Middletown to two All-Ireland Intermediate finals while he was working with Meath when they captured their sole Christy Ring Cup title in 2016.

Long-serving Dublin goalkeeper, Brendan McLoughlin, has been retained from Pat Gilroy's management team will work with the squad's goalies while Dublin ladies' 2010 All-Ireland winning custodian Cliodhna O'Connor is also anticipated to have a role in the team's physical preparations.

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