Rebel Roles

Cork appoint ex-GAA President to new role and also hand U21 football boss new term

Sean Hayes will stay in charge of the Rebels U21 football side.

Christy Cooney address the congress GAA President Christy Cooney. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

EX-GAA PRESIDENT and Cork native Christy Cooney was last night handed a new role by the Cork county board.

Cooney was elected as the new President of Cork GAA, succeeding the late Dan Hoare. The Youghal native, who currently manages his club’s senior hurling team, is also involved in the steering committee that is managing the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It was also announced at last night’s Cork county board meeting that Sean Hayes and his management team will remain in charge of the county U21 footballers for another two years.

Sean Hayes Cork U21 boss Sean Hayes and selector Gene O'Driscoll. Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

Hayes guided Cork to a Munster U21 title last year before they lost out against Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final. Their hopes of back-to-back provincial crowns were dashed this year by Tipperary at the final stage.

The U21 management team in full for 2016 and 2017 will be:

Seán Hayes (Nemo Rangers)
Gene O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh)
Sean Bownes (Castlemartyr)
Niall Kelleher (Millstreet)
Aidan Kelleher (Clondrohid)

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