O'Doherty revealed as new Kerry Senior Team manager

The Kerry LGFA held their October County meeting on Tuesday night and the inter-county managements at all age groups were ratified.

The big news is that Donal O’Doherty of the Spa club Killarney will be the new Kerry senior ladies manager.

O’Doherty played senior football for a number of years with the Spa club and also won an All Ireland vocational schools medal with Kerry in 1990 when they defeated Cavan in the final. Incidentally, the manager of that Kerry vocational team was Pat O’Shea , the current manager senior men’s county champions of Dr Crokes.

Donal O’Doherty was the manager of the Killarney team that won the senior ladies county championship this year, and he was also in charge of the Spa ladies team that were successful in the Junior grade. He has extensive experience as a coach with Spa at all age levels and is the former manager of the Killarney Celtic senior men’s soccer team.

He is currently the Kerry LGFA Development officer but will now vacate this role to concentrate on his Kerry management duties. He has named Spa club-mate Tim O’Connor as a selector and Donal O’Sullivan of Killorglin will look after the strength and conditioning work. Two further selectors will be named over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile Darragh Long of Austin Stacks and Declan Quill of Kerins O’Rahillys were ratified as joint Kerry minor ladies managers. Long is a former Kerry minor and u/21 star and is in the top 5 for championship appearances for his club. Long won a senior county championship medal when Austin Stacks defeated Mid Kerry in the 2014 County Championship final.

Declan Quill of Kerins O’Rahillys is the holder of 2 All Ireland senior medals with Kerry and also starred at minor and U21 level for his county. He played senior football for Kerry from 2001 to 2005 and in total made 14 championship appearances scoring 0-9. He was a regular starter for Kerry in their National League campaigns and amassed 4 goals and 99 points in his 34 games.

The U/16 management were also ratified and John Doona of Legion will make the step up from the U/14’s to manage the team. John will be joined by Nora O’Connor of Rathmore, Eamon Kissane of Beaufort, and Colin O’Leary of Rathmore as selectors with Padraig O’Sullivan of Southern Gaels as strength and conditioning coach. Gillian Healy from Austin Stacks will work as administrator with the U/16s.

The U/14 management will see Charlie McCarthy of Rathmore take the management reigns where he will be joined by Alan Foley of Beaufort and Hannah Devlin of Killarney Legion as selectors. There will be 2 further names added to the ticket over the next couple of weeks.


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