Brian Cody’s tenure at the helm of the Kilkenny senior hurling team continues for a record 23rd season.
The long-standing hurling boss was ratified for the 2021 season at a meeting of the Kilkenny county board on Monday night.
James McGarry and Martin Comerford will serve as selectors for the 2021 season, while Michael Comerford continues as the senior hurlers’ S&C coach.
Two goals in the space of two minutes saw Kilkenny reclaim the Leinster title over Galway in November, though the Cats were outplayed by Waterford in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final.
Cody was first appointed to the role in November 1998 and his ratification on Monday night sees him equal the 23 years Sean Boylan spent at the helm of Meath’s senior footballers from 1982 to 2005.
Monday night’s meeting also confirmed the departure of DJ Carey from the Kilkenny inter-county setup. Carey’s name continues to be linked with the vacant Carlow senior hurling management position.
A statement from Kilkenny GAA paid tribute to Carey’s time with the senior side over the course of 2020.
“Kilkenny GAA would like to take this opportunity to thank DJ Carey for his contribution to GAA in Kilkenny over the past number of years, we wish DJ all the best in the future and to thank him for his immense contribution to GAA in Kilkenny.”
Carey previously spent to years in charge of the Kilkenny U20s, leading the county to a Leinster title win over Wexford. He also worked with the county’s minor footballers during the 2019 season..
Football & underage grades
Kerry native Christy Walsh continues at the helm of the county’s junior football side with JJ Grace and Paddy McConigly his selectors for 2021.
At U20, Derek Lyng was ratified again as manager, with Peter Barry and Michael Rice as his selectors.
While Richie Mulrooney continues to steer the Kilkenny U17s, joined in the backroom by Adrian Finan, Martin Carey, James Meaghar and Niall Bergin as selectors/coaches.