Hurling: Dublin Hot Seat

by Aaron Dunne
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Kenny informed the Dublin County Management Committee last week that he will not be seeking another term as Dublin senior hurling manager, with former Waterford,

Wexford and Clare boss Fitzgerald, who is currently involved with the Cork camogie set-up, touted as a prime option.

Mattie departs after four years in charge, having been appointed ahead of the 2019 campaign.

“I have informed the Dublin County Board that I will not be seeking another term as senior hurling manager,” Kenny said in a statement.

“Managing the Dublin senior hurling team for the last four years has been a great privilege and honour for me.

“We worked tirelessly in the effort to bring success to the county and our passionate band of Dublin supporters.

“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and thank the Dublin County Board, the management committee and great staff and stewards in Parnell Park for their unwavering support for me and my management team and players during our tenure.

“I want to acknowledge and thank every member of my management team and backroom team for the massive contribution and commitment you have given to the preparation of the team during this period.

19 October 2019; Mick Seavers, Dublin County Board Vice-Chairman, at the GAA Special Congress at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

I would like to thank our loyal supporters and ‘The Friends of Dublin Hurling’ for your massive support for the team, both in Parnell Park and at our away games.

“Finally, a special thank you to a fantastic group of players. The respect and togetherness within our group made it a joy to work with you every day during my term as manager, and while we didn’t achieve the targets we set out for ourselves, I fully believe the success you deserve will arrive in the coming seasons.

“Again, thanks and the best of luck to everyone involved with Dublin hurling.”

Dublin County Committee Chairman Mick Seavers paid tribute to the outgoing manager and said:  “Mattie has made an enormous contribution to Dublin GAA winning two All-Ireland senior club hurling titles with Cuala.

“In his time in charge of the senior hurling team we had some memorable wins and a first Leinster final appearance in seven years in 2021.  I regret his departure but appreciate the huge sacrifices he has made over the last four years for Dublin GAA.”

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