Cummins Departs

Two-time All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winner and five-time All-Star Brendan Cummins has stepped down as coach/selector with the Kerry senior hurlers due to work commitments. Cummins despite having to step away has not severed his ties completely and will be hoping to help Kerry and manager Fintan O’Connor out during the season, taking some sessions with the group, workload permitting.

Cummins took up his first coaching role in 2014 when he was Kerry’s goalkeeping coach under manager Eamonn Kelly.

When Fintan O’Connor took over in 2017, Cummins was never far away and for the last two years he was both a coach and selector, during a period when Kerry reached two League finals and last December he was on the line as Kerry narrowly lost the Joe McDonagh Cup Final to Antrim in Croke Park.

What can sports fans expect in 2021?

What impact will the New Year lockdown have on the proposed 2021 GAA calendar?

Sylvester Hennessy: On any given year, the GAA calendar is always jam-packed so what looks like being a 10 to 11 week lockdown at the very least for the GAA at the start of 2021 is bound to have an impact.

We have already seen cases of inter-county teams caught breaking the non-collective training ban and this is the type of activity that makes a GAA return any time soon all the less likely.

Enright seeks pastures new

All-Star defender Shane Enright announced his retirement on Tuesday night last bringing down the curtain on 15 years involvement with Kerry at inter-county level.

The Tarbert club man first came to prominence as a Kerry minor in 2005. The raw 17-year-old really impressed in a Kerry minor side that were defeated by Mayo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final that year. Players like Killian Young, Kieran O’Leary and Kerry hurler Mikey Boyle were all part of that team.

The following season, Enright was part of a Kerry minor side that lost the All-Ireland Minor Final after a replay to Roscommon. He spent the next three years at U21 level and was a key part of Seán Geaney’s team that went on to win the All-Ireland title in 2008.