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Brian Cody to remain in charge of the Cats for 2014

Published 11/09/2013 | 22:02

Brian Cody will continue for another season with Kilkenny
Brian Cody will continue for another season with Kilkenny

Brian Cody has agreed to continue as Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager for a 16th season but selector Martin Fogarty has stood down.

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James McGarry and Derek Lyng come into the backroom team to join existing selector Michael Dempsey.

A statement from the Kilkenny County Board read: "At a specially convened meeting of Kilkenny County Board held in Nowlan Park this Wednesday evening the Kilkenny Senior Management Team for 2014 was ratified.

"Brian Cody continues as Manager and will be joined by Michael Dempsey, James Mc Garry and Derek Lyng. Chairman Ned Quinn paid special tribute to Martin Fogarty, who had intimated to Board Officers that he did not wish to continue next year. The Chairman also wished the incoming team the very best for the season ahead.

"Both James Mc Garry and Derek Lyng featured prominently as players for much of Brian Cody’s term as Kilkenny Manager. James played on goal in the 1999 All Ireland defeat to Cork – Brian Cody’s first All-Ireland- and continued being involved until 2008 when he came on as a sub towards the end of that year’s final against Waterford.

"He has 6 Senior All-Ireland medals. Derek Lyng joined the panel in 2002, also winning 6 Senior All Ireland medals in ’02, ’03, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09 and All Stars in ’02 and ’03."

In other GAA management news tonight, Barry Hanley has been re-appointed as Westmeath Senior Hurling manager.

Paul Bealin has been ratified as the new Westmeath football manager after winning a vote of the Westmeath County Board by 35 votes to five.

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