Dr Crokes senior manager Edmund O’Sullivan and his entire management team have stepped down and currently work is going on behind the scenes to appoint their successors. Kerry’s most successful club of the last decade had an “annus horribilis” in 2019 losing four finals, the All-Ireland club, Kerry senior club, Kerry SFC and O’Donoghue Cup.
Work and family commitments have led to Edmund O’Sullivan’s decision to step down and his backroom team all go with him. Niall O’Callaghan, Vince Casey and Der Brosnan had always intimated that they would be stepping away at the end of 2019 while Luke Quinn is getting married this summer.
Quinn will not be in contention to become the new manager though he is believed to be very popular with the players. Jamie Doolan has also departed as he was nominated by Edmund O’Sullivan, who took over after Pat O’Shea quit the Crokes in the wake of that heavy All-Ireland Final defeat to Corofin.
When Na Gaeil look back on their journey to Croke Park in the years ahead, this will be the game that they will probably remember best.
It was a day when little went right for the Tralee men and yet they showed great character and resolve to guts out a win after 80 odd minutes of thrill-a-minute football.
Blow number one was the fact that they had to field without their talisman Jack Barry who failed to recover from an ankle injury sustained in a challenge game against Templenoe a month ago.
Then they also lost the services of Fergal Barry late in the first half with what looked like a nasty injury that could rule him out of the final in Croke Park.
An apocalyptic ending for IT Tralee saw them leave a comfortable six point lead slip in the final ten minutes, when they allowed IT Carlow in for three goals and despite ending the game with thirteen, they spurned a gilt edged chance of a last gasp goal themselves.
Carlow IT performed a smash-and-grab raid at Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon.
It was a poor game quality-wise despite the occasional flashes of brilliance from David Clifford as IT Tralee, who were forced to line out without three Kerry seniors, Michael Potts, Gavin Crowley and Dara Moynihan, huffed and puffed but could never blow Carlow’s house down.