Tuesday 22 May 2018

McGeeney to get Orchard green light for fourth season

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Sportsfile
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

The Armagh county board are expected to ratify Kieran McGeeney for another year as senior team manager, at tonight's county board meeting.

This will be McGeeney's fourth year of an agreed five-year term and the process has already received a unanimous vote.

Management of the county underage team will also be a rubber-stamping exercise. Last year's U-21s now becomes the U-20s with the GAA regrading underage competitions. Last year's management of Peter McDonnell, Diarmuid Marsden and Martin McQuillan will be in situ again.

The job of replacing Donegal has taken a further twist. Originally there were five men in for the role; last year's Ulster U-21 Championship-winning manager Declan Bonner, Cathal Corey who has won a number of club Championships in recent years and county minor manager Sean Paul Barrett. Two others, Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid - who has also won county titles as manager of his club - and Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney who was managing Wexford in 2016, pulled out of the race last week.

After interviewing the three candidates a second time after the county Championship semi-finals on Sunday, it is believed they are holding a third round of interviews.

Last night a county board meeting was held but there was nothing to report. It would appear the next scheduled meeting on October 2 will have an appointment to be announced.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Down players have advised manager Eamonn Burns that they want another selector added to his backroom team. A number of possible names have been circulated, but only Paddy Tally would seem credible at this stage.

Camogie viewership figures on the rise

Over 374,000 televison viewers tuned into this year's All-Ireland senior camogie final on Sunday as Cork claiming the O'Duffy Cup for a record 27th time to top the roll of honour.

This was an increase of 46,000 on the peak of 328,000 viewers who tuned in to RTÉ 2 for the 2016 showpiece.

An average of 276,800 viewers tuned into the live coverage of both the intermediate and senior finals, representing a 30pc share of the market, an increase of 60,400 and 4pc on the 2016 finals.

A bumper crowd of 20,438 people descended on Croke Park and witnessed three thrilling matches with Westmeath taking the Premier Junior honours, while Cork and Meath will require a replay to decide the intermediate title.

Irish Independent

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