For a fourth consecutive term, Brian Dowling has been officially ratified as the Kilkenny Senior Camogie manager.
Mount Leinster Rangers man Seamus Kelly, replaces John Scott as the intermediate manager and will act as a selector on the senior team.
Mike Wall has also been confirmed to continue his tenure in charge of the minor team for next season
Related: Brian Dowling to be ratified as Kilkenny senior camogie manager for a fourth consecutive season
Kilkenny Camogie Board Statement :
At a meeting of the Kilkenny County Board tonight the following managerial appointments were ratified. Brian Dowling has been formally ratified for his 4th-year term as Senior Manager: His record speaks for itself having won two All-Irelands in the last 3 years having narrowly missed out on one when he was a coach back in 2019. The O Loughlin Gaels clubman will keep the same backroom team that helped him guide the Seniors to All-Ireland glory in August this year.
Seamus Kelly has been ratified as the new Intermediate manager: Seamus has managed underage teams with Kilkenny in the past while also having a stint as the Intermediate coach back in 2015. The Mount Leinster Rangers clubman guided DCU to Ashbourne cup glory this year and had many Kilkenny girls on the team. Seamus will also take up a selectors role with Brian Dowling’s Senior team and give some continuity to both panels next year.
Mike Wall has been ratified as Minor manager for 2023. The two-time winning Minor manager (2015 & 2021) lost out to Galway in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Mike brings a wealth of experience with him to the role having won the Intermediate All-Ireland in 2016 as manager as well as his two minor victories. His backroom team will be announced at a later date.
County Board Chairperson Theresa Aylward is delighted with the appointments and wishes all the managers and backroom teams the very best of luck for 2023
Related: Kilkenny Camogie launch €40,000 fundraiser for All-Ireland-winning senior team
In other Kilkenny camogie news, some of the senior county players have turned to fundraise with the help of the county board to secure an end-of-season holiday.
Pre-covid times would have seen grants from the GAA to hurling and football All-Ireland finalists in the region of 70-80 thousand euros towards a holiday fund but the structure or finance isn’t there on the camogie side.
Kilkenny are hoping to raise 40 thousand Euro over the coming weeks and while a holiday isn’t a priority, Grace Walsh feels that after a year of watching her teammates give up so much for the county that it edges them closer to their male counterparts.
You can hear that full interview with Grace on the latest Full-Time podcast available below.