Former Clare and Dublin manager Anthony Daly is headed back to the capital to take over Kilmacud Crokes. The two-time All-Ireland winning captain is well regarded in Dublin, having led the county to League and Leinster titles.
He takes over from fellow Banner native Ollie Baker, who stepped away from the role after Crokes’ county final loss to Cuala. Daly will be joined by his former Dublin selector Richie Stakelum.
In a statement tonight, the club made the announcement as they look ahead to 2018.
“Kilmacud Crokes is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Senior Hurling Management Team.
“The team will be led by Clare and Dublin Manager Anthony Daly together with long term club stalwart, ex Tipperary Captain and Dublin Hurling Selector Richie Stakelum .
“The group will bring a wealth of experience, expertise and passion to work with the strong Senior Hurling Panel.
“Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Chairman Peter Walsh said ‘We are delighted that Anthony and Richie have agreed to come onboard. We have a talented, ambitious and driven group of players and I am very clear about the conviction, passion and ambition the new management will bring to our club and its flagship team. We have a massive interest and hunger for success in hurling in the club and the community and we are really looking forward to getting going on the year ahead’.”
The Stillorgan club have been highly competitive in recent years, winning county titles in 2012 and 2014, but have lost ground on their southside rivals in the last three years, losing the last two county finals by a goal.
However, there is huge potential in the side to kick on, with young intercounty hurlers such as Fergal Whitely, Oisín O’Rorke and Cian MacGabhann spearheading the charge.
The fact that Cuala won the All-Ireland last year, and are expected to defend their Leinster crown, is a testament to just how high a quality there is in the Dublin senior championship.