Cody back and two new selectors

By John Knox

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By John Knox

Brian Cody has been reappointed to the position of Kilkenny senior hurling team manager for what will be a 16th consecutive season.

Brian Cody has been reappointed to the position of Kilkenny senior hurling team manager for what will be a 16th consecutive season.

The James Stephens clubman was reappointed at a special meeting of the County Board in Nowlan Park tonight, and he has brought two new selectors aboard.

James McGarry (Bennettsbridge) and Derek Lyng (Emeralds), who have each won six senior All-Ireland medals, have been brought in as selectors. The Selection Committee will be completed by Michael Dempsey, who has been part of the set-up for nearly a decade.

Martin Fogarty (Erin’s Own) has stepped down as a senior selector. Prior to joining the senior team he served as Kilkenny under-21 manager, and guided the team to two All-Ireland wins. In all, he was associated with eight All-Ireland winning sides.

“He has given outstanding service to Kilkenny, and he is not finished yet,” insisted County Borad chairman, Ned Quinn when he paid tribute to the Castlecomer man. “After taking a break I would hope he would come back to help the county in some other guise.”

“The county team is a joint effort between club and the County Board,” Mr Quinn added. “We should not underestimate the huge challenge that lies ahead, but Kilkenny will be up for the challenge.”

Liam Tyrrell (James Stephens) proposed the motion to accept the new Selection Committee, and Pat Henderson (Feneians) seconded.