Sunday 20 October 2019

Whelehan follows in big footsteps

Barry Whelahan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Barry Whelahan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The Whelehan dynasty will be represented at the helm of the Birr senior hurlers once again with Barry Whelehan following in his father Pad Joe's footsteps to take charge of the famous Offaly club.

Pad Joe was manager for three of their four All-Ireland titles ('98, '02 and '03) with sons Brian, Simon and Barry on the playing field and Barry steps into the role hoping to rediscover their glory days.

Birr are without an Offaly SHC title since 2008 with former Limerick boss Pad Joe departing at the end of 2009 when their 'drive for five' came unstuck at the semi-final stage.

Former county star Whelehan retired from the senior club scene following their 2016 final loss to St Rynagh's and comes into the role having managed underage teams as well as being in charge of Offaly's senior camogie side.

Current Offaly kingpins Coolderry are on the look out for a new manager after Offaly legend Joachim Kelly resigned in the wake of their extra-time Leinster semi-final defeat to Ballyboden St Enda's.

Meanwhile, there are no players from county champions Carnacon represented on Peter Leahy's 2019 Mayo ladies football squad.

Leahy is currently working with a panel of 49 ahead of next year's League but none of the eight Carnacon players who quit the squad last summer citing player welfare issues have yet returned.

"Everybody is welcome to play for Mayo," Leahy told the 'Western People'. "I'm quite happy to let bygones be bygones.

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"Obviously there is going to be some apologising, to either the girls or ourselves, to be done but apart from that, no-one is eliminated from playing for Mayo but they have to be willing to come back too. I've had no contact whatsoever, from any (Carnacon) player."

Elsewhere, new Down boss Paddy Tally will be without defender Anthony Doherty for 2019 with the RGU Downpatrick clubman moving to Sydney as part of his work commitments, although it is not believed to be a long-term decision.

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