Mattie Kenny steps down as Dublin hurling manager The42

MATTIE KENNY has resigned as Dublin Hurling Manager, it has been confirmed.

First reported by Shane Stapleton of OurGame.ie, Kenny is leaving the role after four seasons in charge.

This follows a disappointing campaign in which they were kicked out of the Championship on goal difference, after a loss to Galway.

One of the highlights of Kenny’s tenure came last year when his side shocked Galway to reach a first Leinster final since 2014, although their bid for glory ultimately fell through as a side hit by Covid was beaten by Kilkenny.

The former Galway boss was appointed to the role in 2018, following a successful stint with Cuala, during which he guided the side to two successive All-Ireland Championship titles.

A statement released by Kenny read: ‘I have informed Dublin County Council that I will not be seeking another term as Senior Hurling Manager.

“Managing the Dublin Senior Hurling Team for the past four years has been a great privilege and honor for me.

“We have worked tirelessly with the aim of bringing success to the county and our passionate group of Dublin supporters.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thank Dublin County Council, the management committee and the excellent staff and stewards at Parnell Park for their unwavering support of me, my management team and my players during our tenure.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank each member of my management team and my back office team for the massive contribution and commitment you have made to the preparation of the team during this period.

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

“Finally, a special thank you to a fantastic group of players. The respect and friendliness within our group has made me a joy to work with you every day during my time as manager, and although we have no achieved the goals we set for ourselves, I am confident that the success you deserve will come in the years to come.

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“Once again, thank you and good luck to everyone involved in Dublin hurling.”

Dublin County Committee Chairman Mick Seavers added: “Mattie made a huge contribution to Dublin’s GAA winning two All-Ireland senior club titles with Cuala.

“While he was in charge of the senior hurling team, we had some memorable wins and Leinster’s first final appearance in seven years in 2021.

“I regret his departure but appreciate the enormous sacrifices he has made over the past four years for GAA Dublin.

“The committee will shortly begin the process of reviewing suitable candidates to replace Mattie and her management team.”