The All Ireland Senior Club Hurling Winning Manager Mattie Succeeds Pat Gilroy in the Inter County Hot Seat
Cuala’s Mattie Kenny has been named as the new manager of the Dublin senior hurling team.
The Galway native has won the race to succeed Pat Gilroy. Kenny led his Cuala side to back-to-back All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles in 2017 and 2018.
Pat Gilroy surprisingly vacated the post in September due to working commitments overseas. Mattie, along with Anthony Daly, and Gilroy’s assistant Anthony Cunningham were all believed to be in contention for the role.
A recent statement from Dublin GAA on Twitter has confirmed that Kenny has been given a three-year term. His appointment will be ratified at the next meeting of the County Committee.
Mattie Kenny has been appointed Senior Hurling Manager for a three year term. The management team will be confirmed at the next meeting of the County Committee #GAA
— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) November 3, 2018
A CV Full of experience and success
Kenny was a selector with Cunningham when Galway finished runners-up to Kilkenny in 2012. He also managed the Tribesmen’s U21s to the All-Ireland crown in 2011.
He was in the mix to take over Dublin last summer before being pipped by Gilroy. Nevertheless Mattie continued in his role as Cuala Senior Hurling manager, leading them to their second consecutive All Ireland Championship back in March.
Cuala were ejected from the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship at the beginning of October. A Semi Final defeat to long standing rivals Kilmacud Crokes proved to be their last bit of action for the year.
We’ll anxiously wait for Kenny to name his Dublin backroom team as the panel will start to prepare for the 2019 season. The squad will get things underway at the beginning of December in the Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup, playing Carlow, Offaly and Laois in the Round Robin phase. The winners of the phase will enter the Semi Finals of the competition, along with Galway, Kilkenny and Wexford.
From there, Dublin will begin their second season in Division 1B of the Allianz National Hurling League, with promotion being the goal.
The very best of luck to Mattie and the Senior Hurlers for 2019