Kerry coup as Kelly lures All-Ireland winner into fold
KERRY senior hurling boss Eamon Kelly has pulled off a notable double coup with the additions of Tipperary goalkeeper James Logue and Clare's former All-Ireland SHC medallist Patrick Kelly for the 2015 season.
Logue is an All-Ireland medallist in the minor, U-21 and intermediate grades, and has also represented Tipperary at senior level.
And Kelly, from the Clarecastle club, was a member of Davy Fitzgerald's Liam MacCarthy Cup-winning squad in 2013.
Both players are expected to start against UCC in tomorrow's Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
Logue will aim to make the number one shirt his own for the coming season while manager Kelly has earmarked his namesake for a central defensive role, either at full-back or centre-back.
Eamon Kelly explained: "James picked up a back injury last weekend but we are hoping that he will be fit for the UCC game. We played Kildare in a challenge match on Monday night and Patrick did well."
Kelly has also confirmed that highly-rated forward Darragh O'Connell, a 2011 Christy Ring Cup and All-Ireland U-21 B medallist, has transferred from Abbeydorney to Dublin club Cuala.
O'Connell's switch could bring him to the attention of current Dublin senior hurling team boss Ger Cunningham.
Meanwhile, Tipp boss Eamon O'Shea has gone across the border and brought in former Offaly sharpshooter Brendan Murphy to his backroom team.
Murphy, 34, has taken over from Kevin Delargy as team doctor for the Premier County. Murphy, working in Roscrea, enjoyed a 13-year inter-county career with Offaly before retiring in November 2012.
He was on medical duty for the Offaly senior hurlers against Tipperary in last year's All-Ireland qualifier, after being asked to fill in on the day, but this is his first full-time inter-county role.
And Murphy acknowledged that his experience as a former inter-county player should help him to fit in quickly with Tipperary.
He said: "It makes it a bit easier that you've been there and can see it from a patient's point of view and a doctor's point of view."
Murphy added: "I got a call from Eamon, had a think about it and went for it. It's going to be busy."
Elsewhere, the Munster Council has announced a grant package of €3.75 million for the €70 million redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which is due to begin later this year.
The announcement was made at a Council meeting that also saw the introduction of a five-year budgetary framework and a financial package totalling €2.5 million for Waterford Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary.