Buckley drafted into Kerry set-up
HIGHLY-RATED coach Donie Buckley will join Jack O'Connor's Kerry senior set-up in the new year.
After scoring the winning goal for Castleisland in the 1985 All-Ireland final against St Vincent's, Buckley has carved out an impressive coaching career over the past number of years. He won Clare county titles with St Joseph's Miltown-Malbay in 1990 and Ennis amalgamation outfit Faughs in 1994. More recently, he served as joint manager of the Clare senior squad with Michael Brennan in 2006, before being drafted into the Galway football set-up as forwards coach by Peter Ford a year later.
He then guided Galway club Moycullen to the All-Ireland intermediate football title and became involved with Mickey Ned O'Sullivan as Limerick senior football trainer, where he has been for the past couple of seasons. Once O'Sullivan's tenure ended in the Treaty County, there was no shortage of suitors for the Castleisland man.
Buckley's drills and sessions are said to be of the highest quality and will help the Kerry team regroup after a disappointing year in 2010. When he links up, Buckley will work with O'Connor and selector Ger O'Keeffe. Eamonn Fitzmaurice has already vacated his position as selector.
Meanwhile, the new Limerick management could have to come to some arrangement with their hurling counterparts if, as expected, Stephen Lucey, Mark O'Riordan and James Ryan are asked to become involved in the senior hurling panel. The three dual players have focused on football in recent times but, with the appointment of Donal O'Grady, sources say that they could switch back to hurling for 2011.