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Walsh calls time as Kilkenny U21 manager

KILKENNY will have a new under-21 hurling manager for the 2012 Championship after Michael Walsh stepped down as boss following his four-year reign.

The former Cats senior goalkeeper led the black and amber to All-Ireland U21HC glory in his inaugural year in charge, to a Leinster Championship success the following after which they were eventually defeated by Clare by a point in the All-Ireland decider.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Kilkenny. The whole thing was a brilliant experience. We lost just three matches in four years, two of them by a point. That is sport. There is little between winning and losing. You take the good with the bad. I leave with terrific memories that will remain with me forever,” stated the Dicksboro man.

Aside from Kilkenny’s 2009 final defeat to Clare their other losses were at the hands of Dublin in a Leinster semi-final in 2010 (0-17 to 0-12) and this year when Wexford shocked them in a quarter-final (1-16 to 2-12). Kilkenny face the winners of Offaly v Wexford in the semi-final of the Leinster U21HC next year, Laois host Dublin on the other side of the draw with the winner facing Carlow.

KILDARE County Board have recruited Charlie McCreevy’s services to help reduce the county’s growing deficit. The former EU Commissioner and Minister for Finance has been a member of the county board’s finance committee for several years and will be assisting the Lilywhite chiefs as they attempt to wipe out their €200,000 deficit.

EMMET BOLTON could feature for Ireland in tomorrow’s second International Rules Test against Australia on the Gold Coast, despite suffering concussion in the opening Test.

McHALE PARK in Castlebar is to be renamed as part of a new sponsorship deal. Elverys Sports are the main sponsors of Mayo Gaa and the sporting goods company has won the naming rights to McHale Park for the next five years.

CUALA will face Skerries in Sunday’s Dublin IFC final at Parnell Park (1.45) after defeating Scoil Uí Chonaill, 1-6 to |0-4, in last night’s semi-final at the Donnycarney venue. The IFC decider is the curtain-raiser to the senior final (3.30).