‘Extraordinary man’ – Cats boss Cody hailed after returning to helm for 23rd season
The Kilkenny County Board has ratified Brian Cody as the Senior Hurling manager, his 23rd year in the hot seat.
Five-time All-Ireland winner and nine time All-Star, DJ Carey, however, will not be continuing in his role in the backroom team.
At the meeting held last night, it was confirmed that James McGarry and Martin Comerford will continue in their positions as selectors on the Kilkenny management team, while Michael Comerford will continue in the position of strength and conditioning coach.
The Kilkenny County Board thanked DJ for all the time and effort he has put into Kilkenny GAA in a management and training capacity over the past few years, where the Young Ireland’s clubman also led Kilkenny’s U20 to a Leinster title in 2019.
“Kilkenny GAA,” a statement read, “would like to take this opportunity to thank DJ Carey for his contribution to GAA in Kilkenny over the past number of years, we wish DJ all the bet in the future and to thank him for his immense contribution to GAA in Kilkenny.”
Cody’s re-appointment sees him equal the record for consecutive years as inter-county manager at one team, previously solely held by former Meath football manager Sean Boylan.
Boylan was quick to hail Cody’s phenomenal achievement.
“The thing about Brian is, he always wants to see people achieve perfection,” Boylan told the Irish Mirror.
“He’s just an extraordinary man and I’m delighted for him.
“You probably won’t see it again and it may be because there are so many demands on people nowadays,” Sean Boylan concluded.