Thursday 19 September 2019

Cuala's Kenny to take charge of Dublin hurlers

Mattie Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile
Mattie Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Dermot Crowe

Dublin have a new senior hurling manager after Mattie Kenny was yesterday appointed for a three-year term. The Galway native, who guided Cuala to successive All-Ireland club titles in 2017 and 2018 , takes over from Pat Gilroy who stepped down in September due to work commitments.

Kenny, Gilroy's assistant Anthony Cunningham and former manager Anthony Daly were the main contenders for the post with many expecting Daly, who guided the county to a Leinster title in 2013, to be handed the reins again.

The announcement was made by way of a statement on Dublin GAA's official twitter account yesterday afternoon: "Mattie Kenny has been appointed Senior Hurling Manager for a three-year term. The management team will be confirmed at the next meeting of the County Committee."

Meanwhile, hopes that Na Fianna GAA club in Dublin may escape major disruption due to plans for the construction of a major new rail link have increased. The threat of partial closure of Na Fianna's grounds in Glasnevin, with the main pitch the intended location for the project's main tunnel station, created a huge resistance from the local community. The club's main pitch would have been out of bounds during the construction period, requiring the club to find alternative playing areas.

The plans also threatened to cause serious potential disruption and noise interference with two schools located on the site.

However, according to Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, a sustained campaign to prevent the proposed MetroLink using the GAA pitches of Na Fianna at Mobhi Road as a tunnelling site looks set to result in a hard-earned win.

Deputy Rock said that under the latest draft revision to the MetroLink plans, to be published in the New Year, it is understood the use of Na Fianna's pitches as a tunnelling site will not proceed.

The Dublin North-West TD, who arranged Oireachtas hearings on the issue, welcomed the news but added all concerned would be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

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A source for Na Fianna told the Sunday Independent yesterday that the club has not had formal confirmation of the change and that it was continuing to monitor the situation.

However, it appears that a nearby pitch used by Home Farm will be affected.

"Practically, instead of a six-year construction project involving all of the space at Na Fianna, there will instead be an 18-month construction period on a much smaller site beneath Home Farm FC," said Deputy Rock.

He added: "It's important we make sure Home Farm are looked after during these 18 months of construction. They are an intrinsic part of Irish sport and long may this continue." The TD said schools will be able to operate as normal.

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