Ger Cunningham appointed Dublin senior hurling manager

Jimmy Barry-Murphy extends term in charge of Cork by two years

Jimmy Barry-Murphy, who has agreed a two-year extension to his term as Cork hurling manager,  and Ger Cunningham, who moves on from being a Cork selector to take charge of the Dublin hurlers. Photograph: Inpho.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy, who has agreed a two-year extension to his term as Cork hurling manager, and Ger Cunningham, who moves on from being a Cork selector to take charge of the Dublin hurlers. Photograph: Inpho.

 

Former Cork goalkeeper and selector Ger Cunningham has been appointed Dublin senior hurling manager for a three-year term. His selectors will be appointed at a later stage.

Speaking after the announcement Dublin County Board chairman Andy Kettle said that “this is another chapter in Ger’s distinguished GAA life and I wish him every success in his new role. I am confident that Ger will build on the progress achieved by his predecessors over the next three years.”

Anthony Daly stepped down in September after six years in charge of the Dublin hurlers.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has agreed a new two-year term as Cork hurling manager.

Despite completing three seasons in his second stint in charge, following the comprehensive defeat to Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, Barry-Murphy is keen to build on last year’s All-Ireland final appearance and the capture of a Munster title for the first time since 2006.

“Cork GAA wishes to confirm that, following a meeting with the county chairman this morning, senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has agreed to stay on for a further two-year term,” read last night’s statement.

“He will confirm his backroom team in due course.”

As a player Barry-Murphy won six All-Irelands – one in football – and another as county hurling manager in 1999. His first task will be to convince Aidan Walsh to choose hurling over football.

Meanwhile, Australia have done an about turn on selection of their International Rules panel ahead of the test match against Ireland on November 22nd in Perth. Following last year’s comprehensive defeat of an all indigenous line-up, nine All Australians have been include in the 24-man squad.

“The selection criteria, the capacity that we looked for, was great running power and an ability to adapt quickly to the round ball,” said assistant coach Ross Lyon.

Tadhg Kennelly, the 2009 All-Ireland winner with his native Kerry, is part of the Australian management.

In yet another cross-pollination of Irish sport, the shinty/ hurling international against Scotland, All Star nominees Bonner Maher, Conor Lehane and Patrick Horgan have been included in Michael Walshe’s squad. The game takes place in Bught Park, Inverness on October 18th. It will be live on TG4.

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