Monday 11 November 2019

Kingston lures Mulcahy and Corcoran into star-studded Cork backroom

Kieran Kingston. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kieran Kingston. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There will be no shortage of star power in Cork's backroom team for 2020 with hurling boss Kieran Kingston adding All-Ireland winners Pat Mulcahy, Brian Corcoran and Christy O'Connor to the fold for next season.

Kingston returned to the Cork helm last month after stepping away at the end of the 2017 season due to work commitments and he has wasted little time assembling a powerful coaching team led by Rebel legends Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid O'Sullivan.

That pair will act as selectors alongside former Cork captain Mulcahy, who brings a wealth of experience to the table having been involved with Newtownshandrum and CIT's Fitzgibbon Cup side in recent years.

Renowned GAA journalist O'Connor is another feather in Kingston's cap with the Clare native, an All-Ireland winner as understudy to Davy Fitzgerald, set to be involved in a general coaching capacity in the set-up.

O'Connor has worked as a goalkeeping coach with Dublin, Limerick and Galway and was expected to link up with Clare before Donal Moloney pulled out of the protracted race to become the next Banner boss.

Surprisingly O'Connor was part of Galway's backroom team for their 2017 All-Ireland success but parted ways with the Tribesmen in recent months when Micheál Donoghue surprisingly left his post in August.

Clare's loss is Cork's gain, however, while Kingston has also pulled off a coup to lure three-time All-Ireland winner Corcoran, one of Cork's greatest players, into his backroom with the two-time Hurler of the Year set to have a specialist role.

Dubliner Mark Brady - who worked with Conor O'Shea's Italian rugby side at the World Cup in Japan - will take the reins as strength and conditioning coach to complete a stellar backroom team.

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Meanwhile, former Dublin defender Ger Brennan will dip his toes into management for the first time next season when taking charge of Bray Emmets.

Brennan had been linked to a potential role with Tipperary's footballers under Niall Carew - before he was beaten to the position by David Power - and he has been snapped up by the border club as they look to end a Wicklow SFC famine stretching all the way back to 1935.

Brennan, centre-back for Dublin's 2011 and 2013 All-Ireland wins, hung up his club boots with St Vincent's earlier this season and he will be hoping to take Bray out of the doldrums after a dire run of results in recent seasons.

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