MICK Kennedy will take the Fingal hurlers into the New Year after being named as the successor to Willie Bourke.Kennedy led Fingallians to the Dublin Junior A championship in 2010 and although they were relegated from the intermediate grade a season later, remained on in a bid to regain promotion. The former Craobh Chiarans man has now taken charge of the Fingallians minor team along with his new post and one of his first tasks was to take a look at the Dubs Stars challenge game in Blakestown with a view to assessing any available players. Kennedy becomes the fourth man to take charge of the Fingal hurling team and the third in as many seasons. Ben Dorney who has since been appointed to take charge of Na Fianna stepped down in 2011 after a somewhat controversial season. Willie Bourke a surviving member of the team that reached the Nicky Rackard semi-final in 2008 under Denis Murphy took over the reins and Fingal went on to capture both the O'Byrne Shield and Division 3 titles. A Minor C title followed during the summer but a busy family schedule meant that Bourke was not able to remain on despite approaches by the Dublin County Board. Fingal begin their campaign against DCU later this month without captain Peter Coyne who has emigrated to Canada while goalkeeper Hilary Murray Hession will miss the start of the campaign. While there will again be no promotion from Division 3, (the view being that weaker counties need another season to find their feet before making the step up) and no Nicky Rackard action, the foundations are promising. Kevin O'Flynn's breakthrough into the Dublin minor team last year where he came on as sub in 2012 All Ireland decider against Tipperary is a measure of the strides being made by clubs like St Sylvesters at under age level. And while attendances at games have remained low, progress continues to be made with St Pat's Donabate achieving promotion in successive seasons under Ciaran White and current Fingal selector, Sean McGarry (father of Ross). And while there has been opposition from some clubs to the project which ultimately led to Fingal opting out of the Nicky Rackard in 2012, last season proved very successful with St Sylvesters, St Finians (N) and St Maurs all making significant impacts.