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Tipperary All-Ireland winner Hogan steps down as manager of Offaly champions

The former Premier goalkeeper has guided St Rynagh’s to three county titles.

Ken Hogan at the recent St Rynagh's game against Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Ken Hogan at the recent St Rynagh's game against Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Image: Ashley Cahill/INPHO

TIPPERARY’S ALL-IRELAND winning goalkeeper Ken Hogan has brought his successful spell in charge of Offaly senior champions St Rynagh’s to a close.

Hogan guided the Banagher club to the last three Offaly senior hurling titles, a considerable achievement as they had only won one between 1993 and 2016.

He came close to a famous success in the Leinster semi-final in December against All-Ireland kingpins Ballyhale Shamrocks but a late Eoin Cody goal denied St Rynagh’s and forced extra-time, with the Kilkenny club eventually winning out and subsequently claiming the provincial title.

The St Rynagh’s success continued Hogan’s excellent track record in the Offaly senior hurling championship as a manager, previously winning titles with Birr and Coolderry, steering the latter to the 2012 All-Ireland club final when they lost out to Loughgiel Shamrocks.

Hogan, a winner of All-Ireland senior medals with Tipperary in 1989 and 1991, is to return to take charge of his native club Lorrha-Dorrha for the 2022 campaign.

“It was a big wrench to leave St Rynagh’s but duty calls,” he told The Offaly Express.

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