Tuesday 23 January 2018

Dunne to take Wexford reins

LIAM DUNNE has taken on the mantle of Wexford senior hurling manager. Dunne's appointment was ratified last night.

While Dunne had virtually ruled himself out of contention over the past number of months, his exploits with Oulart-The Ballagh convinced the special committee to apply extra pressure in securing their man.

Having guided Oulart-The Ballagh to a third successive county title, and seeing off Kilkenny champions James Stephens in the provincial club quarter-final last Sunday, Dunne was always a front-runner for the post.

Dunne replaces Colm Bonnar, who resigned the post following Wexford's qualifier exit to Limerick last July.

Dunne was centre-back on the last All-Ireland-winning Wexford side back in 1996. His back-room team will be announced later.

Jason Ryan was ratified as senior football manager for a fifth successive term, while Kevin Kehoe, who guided the Model county to a first Leinster U-21 football title this year, has also been returned for a second term.

Carlow mourns O'Neill passing

CARLOW GAA is in mourning after the sudden death yesterday of Tommy O'Neill, their highly respected County Board secretary. The 63-year-old had been in the post since April 1986. O'Neill, who played with Tinryland, is survived by his wife Goretti, son Shane, daughters Emer and Grainne, brother Paddy and sister Mary.

Fennelly out after breaking wrist

KILKENNY star Michael Fennelly's start to the new season could be delayed after it was revealed he suffered a broken bone in his wrist in Ballyhale's Kilkenny SHC final defeat to James Stephens.

The current Hurler of the Year is in a cast and has been ruled out for at least six weeks, which means he will play no part in the forthcoming All Star game in San Francisco and faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the new season.

Irish Independent

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