Richie Power, eight-time All-Ireland champion, is gearing up for a new chapter in the upcoming season with Wexford club Shelmaliers, bypassing the opportunity to manage Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Shemaliers will be looking to recreate the success of their 2020 Wexford Senior County winning set-up after faltering after extra time in last year’s quarter-finals, while on the Kilkenny side of things for Power, Carrickshock fell at the first round with a two-point loss to Fenians.
The Kilkenny hurling legend did allude to the fact that it was indeed a possibility that he would succeed Pat Hoban as the head of Ballyhale Shamrocks. In the decision-making process, Power shared that he engaged in discussions with Ballyhale, only to withdraw his candidacy when the time for a choice arrived.
“I had a conversation with Ballyhale. When it came to the decision time, I pulled my name from the running.”
Sensing a potential desire for a different direction among the players, Power noted, “I just kind of got the feeling that the players maybe wanted a different direction.”
This decision comes in the wake of Ballyhale Shamrocks losing the county final this year to O’Loughlin Gaels by a single point.
For further insights into Richie Power’s journey and more, tune in to the TG4 series Laochra Gael, airing on Thursday, January 25th at 9:30 pm.