Thursday 19 September 2019

Ann Downey steps down as Kilkenny manager after All-Ireland final defeat

Ann Downey has stepped down as camogie manager. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Ann Downey has stepped down as camogie manager. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ann Downey has stepped down as Kilkenny camogie manager following the defeat to Galway in the All-Ireland final.

The 3-14 to 0-17 loss to the Tribeswomen was Kilkenny's third straight final defeat, having lost to Cork in the previous two deciders. The year before that, in 2016, Downey led Kilkenny to their first All-Ireland title in 22 years.

It was Downey's second stint at the helm, having also managed Kilkenny for two years in the previous decade.

Downey also won 12 All-Ireland medals as a player during an illustrious career.

In a statement released on Monday, Kilkenny camogie chairperson Sheila Norris paid tribute to Downey.

"Ann Downey has decided to step down from her managerial role with the Kilkenny senior camogie team. Having done a two year stint from 2008-2009 and reaching the All Ireland in 2009, she again took over the reins in 2016, bringing the team to claim their first All Ireland in twenty two years in her first year in charge. Three in a row National League Division 1 titles were secured  in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as reaching the All Ireland final in each of those years and indeed in 2019. We also won three Leinster titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She received the accolade of Manager of The Year in 2016.

"All this was on top of a stellar playing career, during which she won twelve All Ireland medals.

"Kilkenny Camogie is very grateful to Ann for the time and commitment she has given to Camogie over the last four years. Her dedication to her sport and to her county has been second to none and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours."

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