June 15, 2024
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Cats legend steps down as camogie manager as team return for homecoming

ANN DOWNEY has stepped down as manager of the Kilkenny Senior Camogie team.

She made her announcement to the dressing room yesterday following the Cats 3-14 to 0-17 point defeat by Galway in the All-Ireland Final.

It was Kilkenny’s third All-Ireland Camogie defeat in a row.

Downey took the manager’s reigns for a second spell in charge in 2016. In her first year as manager she led the Kilkenny ladies to All-Ireland success, bridging a 22-year gap.

Downey also led the Cats to three national league titles in a row in 2016, 2017, 2018.  The Cats lost to Galway in the league decider earlier this year.

The 62-year old, 12 time All-Ireland winner is sure to get a great send-off from the Kilkenny fans this evening as they welcome home the girls.

The homecoming will kick off at 5.30pm at Macdonagh Train Station. At 6.30pm, he team and management will then be transferred to an open-top bus and travel from the station through John’s Street, over John’s Bridge, up Rose Inn Street and along High Street to the Courthouse.

The team will be introduced onto the balcony of the Courthouse on Parliament Street at approximately 7pm, followed by a civic reception.

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