Cork hurling had a remarkable year in 2017. The Rebels bounced back to win the most unlikely of Munster titles at senior, before ultimately losing to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Meanwhile, their minors also claimed provincial honours, as the U-17 side won the inaugural All-Ireland title at the grade.
All in all, things are looking up for the small ball on Lee-side, despite the ominous outlooks being cast after 2016.
There has been no confirmation from manager Kieran Kingston as to whether he will stay on for 2018, but today it has been confirmed that selector Pat Hartnett will leave the setup.
The two-time All-Ireland winner has stepped aside due to work commitments, Kingston told the Evening Echo.
“It goes without saying that everybody is very sorry to see Pat go. However, I can fully understand his decision, he’s has a very successful dental practice and that is very time-consuming.
“He did a fantastic job in his role for us and the players hugely admired and responded to his input.
“He was a fantastic hurler in his own day and he brought that experience with him. Also, he provided a great bridge between the players who were minors when he was with them and who graduated up this season, lads like Shane Kingston, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Mark Coleman.
“All I can say now is a huge thank you for the support he gave to me personally and everybody else involved.”
Cork will look to push on and build on their promising season, and the age profile of their senior team and the underage success suggests there is no reason that they cannot do so.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we look back on the All-Ireland football final.