Saturday 17 March 2018

Kerry boosted by O'Mahony return ahead of Munster showdown

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Aidan O'Mahony has returned to the Kerry squad ahead of Sunday week's Munster SFC final with Limerick. O'Mahony rejoined the squad for training last night after taking a break for personal reasons at the beginning of May.

The Kerry management were always confident that O'Mahony, once the lynchpin of their defence, would make a swift return.

O'Mahony's form has nosedived in recent seasons and he has failed to command a regular championship place. Earlier this year he missed a warm-weather training camp to Portugal that led to showdown talks with manager Jack O'Connor, but his return is timely, given the suspension of Paul Galvin and an injury to Marc O Se.

Meanwhile, O'Connor is to take up a new role as coaching co-ordinator of vocational schools football in Kerry.


O'Connor - who will continue as assistant principal at Colaiste na Sceilge, the All-Ireland SFC colleges champions in 2009 - will take up the role one day a week from September.

Under the terms of the county's Strategic Vision and Action Plan, the Kerry County Board had earmarked vocational schools football as an area that had fallen some way behind other post-primary schools in the Kingdom.

"We are delighted to have the top football coach in the county -- and probably in the country -- on board and he will be a huge positive for us," said Kerry VEC Games Committee chairman George Dennis. "His new role will involve visiting the various vocational schools, mainly for coaching.

"If we had a team that was in the semi-final of a major competition, Jack may also lend a hand, so it's a very flexible arrangement."

O'Connor will be available to schools such as Killorglin, Castleisland, Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai (Tralee), Listowel and Killarney, while Causeway CS, which has hurling and football teams, will also be in his remit.

Irish Independent

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