Kirwan to manage U-21 hurlers

PADDY Kirwan has been appointed manager of the Offaly U-21 hurlers, succeeding Stephen Byrne who held the role for the past two years.

PADDY Kirwan has been appointed manager of the Offaly U-21 hurlers, succeeding Stephen Byrne who held the role for the past two years.

Kirwan, winner of an All-Ireland SHC medal in 1981, guided Offaly minors to Leinster championship glory in 2000 and his selectors will be 1994 All-Ireland SHC winning team mates Joe Errity (Birr) and Pat O'Connor (Coolderry).

Kirwan possesses vast managerial experience and he previously had stints as a county senior selector, and among the local clubs he has managed are Ballyskenach, Drumcullen and Kilcormac/Killoughey.

Ballyskenach won JHC and IHC titles under his stewardship and he was also in charge when they contested the 2003 SHC Final against Birr. While Drumcullen captured the IHC last year however their bid for Leinster glory came unstuck on Sunday as they were comprehensively defeated by John Locke's.

Kirwan lined out between the posts with Birr in 1991 and his dramatic point from a pressure '65 ensured victory over Seir Kieran and a return of the Sean Robbins Cup to the club for the first time since 1971.

Birr went on to become Leinster club champions for the first of seven occasions in November '91 when they overcame Ballyhale Shamrocks. Kirwan enjoyed considerable success at the helm of Birr juvenile, minor and U-21 sides.

Some of the clubs outside Offaly that Kirwan has managed include Castletown (Laois), Borris-Ileigh (Tipperary), Tommie Larkin's and Liam Mellow's (both Galway).

Meanwhile, the Offaly minor hurling management for 2011 has been completed.

Shinrone's Joe Cleary remains as manager for a second successive season and his selectors will be 1981 & '85 All-Ireland SHC medal winner Mark Corrigan (Kinnitty) and Ger Fogarty (St Rynagh's), who previously served as an Offaly senior selector and he has been a selector with the Offaly camogie side for the past number of years.

The four selectors that worked alongside Cleary in 2010 were Damian 'Gift' Fox (Tullamore), Mick Mulrooney (Seir Kieran), Noel Russell (Birr) and Michael Lyons (St Rynagh's).