By Kieran Murphy
THE Carlow camogie board have announced the appointment of Brendan Phelan as intermediate camogie manager for 2019.
From Laois, the new man worked for eight years as a Games Development Officer for Dublin GAA before returning to teaching in 2015.
Phelan will be joined on his management team by former Laois hurler David O’Mahony (strength and conditioning) and Kilkenny’s Lester Ryan who comes in as a hurling coach.
After the highs of recent years where Carlow won All-Ireland titles at junior level and qualified for an Division 2 league final, the county has experienced a lull. Phelan is hopeful he can help to drive on the game on Barrowside.
“We are looking forward to the challenge. There is a good backroom team and we’re hoping to add one or two Carlow selectors who have local knowledge,” he said.
He recognises the amount of development work which has been done in Carlow over the last number of years and said it was an easy decision to get involved.
“The county board are very ambitious and looking back at the record of the players, their commitment seems to be top-drawer.”
Last year the league started in February and Phelan is already looking at quality opposition right from when the first ball is thrown in.
“It is a tough league. Cork won the intermediate All-Ireland last year. We are playing Meath who were Division 1 last year and we have to travel to Down who beat Carlow in the championship last year. Tipperary are never bad and we will use the league to see how the players adapt to training,” he pointed out.
The management team will meet the players for the first time next Friday in IT Carlow and the first pitch session will take place on Sunday.
Carlow Camogie are delighted to have an experienced management team in place.
“We welcome Brendan, David and Lester to their new roles with our Intermediate Camogie team and wish them and the team every success in the season ahead,” said County Chairperson, Linda Kenny.
Phelan tasked with taking Carlow camogie to next level
By Kieran Murphy