MARTIN LYNCH has been named as the new Wexford Senior camogie manager, taking the reins from the outgoing boss of three years, J.J. Doyle.
Originally from Dublin but domiciled in Blackwater, Lynch has been involved with the Oulart-The Ballagh camogie club in recent years as well as schools in the Gorey area. He has been working for Wexford G.A.A. County Board as a coach on the schools circuit since 2007.
Lynch will be aided in his endeavours by selector, former county player Mary Walsh (Blackwater), and by new trainer Damien Quigley (Rathnure), with another selector to be named in the coming days.
There will still be an element of continuity in the camp, with Paul Harrington (physical therapist) and Bridget Moran (first aid) retaining their positions for the coming year.
It brings to an end a drawn-out search for the County Board, and the sub-committee of outgoing Chairperson Martina Donnellan (Rathnure), Barbara Ryan (St. Martin's), Noel Wilson (St. Martin's), Noel Ryan (HWH-Bunclody) and Yvonne Donohoe (Castletown-Liam Mellows) who have now got their man.
The first big challenge for the new incumbent in the hot seat is to convince several of the players that his plans are worth sticking around for as Wexford go in search of their fourth All-Ireland on the trot.
There is change at the Intermediate level too with last year's trainer, Kevin Murphy of Ferns St. Aidan's, taking over the manager's job from Aidan Breen. It is believed that both men were interviewed by the committee for the Senior post along with Lynch and Matthew FlynnO'Connor, the manager of this year's Senior 'B' championshipwinning Duffry Rovers team.
Meanwhile, Billy Donnelly of Shelmalier is set to stay on for another term as county ladies' football manager, although there will be change at the helm of both female County Boards. Michael O'Neill must step down from the football chair by rule after serving three terms, and Peadar O'Connor (Crossabeg-Ballymurn) is the front runner to fill his post. It's less clearcut in camogie where no strong candidate has emerged yet to replace Martina Donnellan who is relinquishing her position after one year.