Kildare GAA have confirmed that five-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper with Kilkenny David Herity has stepped down as manager of the county’s senior hurlers.
Herity’s term in charge comes to an end after five years at the helm, a period that brought with it two Christy Ring Cups, a Kehoe Cup, the Division 2B League title. While Herity spear-headed Kildare to another league final place this year, the Lilywhites came undone in the championship, ultimately slipping out of the Joe McDonagh Cup and will compete in the Christy Ring competition in 2024.
Herity was appointed to the role in October 2018 having previously overseen the Dublin senior camogie team (2016-2018).
Commenting on the Dunnamaggin clubman’s departure, a short statement from Kildare GAA praised his work with the county.
“Kildare Hurling is in a much stronger place as a result of David Herity’s tenure. He was both professional and thorough in his approach to the role and he was always a pleasure to work with. We would like to thank David for his time in Kildare and wish him the very best of luck in the future. “
Statement from David Herity
“Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and express my gratitude to my dedicated backroom team(s) who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of Kildare hurling over the past 5 years. Their unwavering commitment and hard work have played a crucial role in our numerous achievements. I would also like to extend my thanks to the County Board for their support throughout my time as the manager, especially Ger Donnelly, Mick Gorman, Colm Nolan, and John Burke. Their backing has been vital in enabling us to pursue our goals for Kildare hurling.”
“To the loyal Kildare fans, who have consistently shown up in the four corners of Ireland to support our hurlers, I want to express my appreciation for your dedication. Your encouragement has been a driving force behind our progress, and I am grateful for the support you have shown these players.”
Lastly, to the players, you have created lasting memories and provided the people of Kildare with some remarkable moments from Conleths to Croker. Your drive and determination are a credit to your families, clubs and mentors that have put in endless years of work to help you on your journey. It has been an honour to work with such a talented and dedicated group of hurlers.
Although the decision to step down as the Kildare Senior Hurling Manager was difficult, I am proud of what we have achieved together, I believe that Kildare hurling has a promising future, and I have confidence that the foundation we have established will pave the way for further success.
Kildare will now begin the process of looking to appoint a new inter-county manager for the 2024 season. Herity becomes the second Kilkenny man to leave a managerial position this week with Brian Dowling departing Kilkenny after five years with the senior team.