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Johnny Dooley Joins Offaly Senior Hurling Management Team

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Johnny Dooley Joins Offaly Senior Hurling Management Team thumbnailNew Offaly senior hurling coach - selector Johnny Dooley.

SEIR Kieran and Offaly legend Johnny Dooley has been confirmed as a selector and coach to the Offaly senior hurlers for the year ahead. Manager Kevin Ryan was ratified back in November but has since been on the hunt to bolster his backroom team.

Ryan had said that he hoped he would be able to recruit internally and Johnny Dooley has answered the call.

The former Seir Kieran and Offaly player will bring a wealth of experience to the backroom team. Johnny made his senior debut for Offaly against Laois in February 1990 and went on to play 67 league and 35 Championship games, before retiring following defeat by Tipperary in the Championship of 2002.

Johnny won 2 All-Ireland Senior medals, 2 All-Ireland minor medals, 1 NHL medal and 3 All-Star Awards. He also won 3 Leinster U21 medals and 2 Leinster Senior and Minor medals. On the club front he won four Offaly Senior Hurling Championship medals with Seir Kieran.

Dooley previously served as coach and manager of the Westmeath and Kildare senior hurling teams while he has also previously managed the Offaly minor hurlers.

The panel are back training and Ryan is still hoping to add more members to his backroom team before the Walsh Cup and National league begins in the new year.

Along with the Waterford native as manager, fellow Waterford great Paul Flynn is on board as a coach along with Johnny Dooley while Emmet Egan will carry on as strength and conditioning coach with Gary Longwell in the area of high performance.

Offaly's first competitive game under the new regime will be on the 8th of January away to Meath in the opening round of the Walsh Cup.

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