Denis Kelly And Angelo Walsh Added To Senior Camogie Management

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April 07, 2021

Bill Mullaney has added two highly regarded coaching personnel in Denis Kelly and Angelo Walsh to his management team in what he describes as a bid to ‘get over the line in 2021’. 2020 saw a third semi-final appearance in a row for the Tipperary Senior camogie side but unfortunately, they missed out in making the final. Mullaney is disappointed to lose Drom-Inch’s Eddie Costello from his management team. Eddie was a key strength & conditioning and hurling coach for the last three years but is unable to commit this year and has stepped away. Speaking to Bill he immediately highlights the ‘huge loss’ Eddie will be. On the positive though Bill has set about finalising his training panel for the year and has gotten a great response so far with stalwarts Mary Ryan and Cait Devane both available for the coming season. The final panel is set to be announced in the coming week. With COVID-19 still very much a part of our everyday lives and the level 5 lockdown looking to continue well into February it is very difficult to try and plan and get organised for the year ahead. At present nobody knows when a return to Gaelic games will even be possible. 

For now the Newport native is very much remaining positive and upbeat and looking forward to the challenge. He recently made the decision not to manage the intermediate team this year. For the last couple of years he has managed both sides which had a lot of pros but in his own words the Intermediate team deserve their own management team. ‘We have had an excellent Intermediate team for the last few years and they are a brilliant group to train but it was just very difficult to manage 60 plus players and give everyone the time that they needed and deserved. So the decision was made for Bill along with selectors Mary Howard, Carmel Bradshaw and Dinny Ferncombe to manage the senior team.  

Former Toomevara hurler Denis Kelly who coached the Tipperary senior camogie team previously as part of Brian Boyle's management team is very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. Bill was selector then and rates Denis very highly. Denis took a few training sessions last year and was delighted when Bill asked him in on a full time basis for the coming season as a hurling coach and selector alongside Holycross man Dinny Ferncombe. Denis brings a wealth of coaching experience having previously worked with his own native club Toomevara, Moyne Templetuohy and Offaly side Kinnitty. He joins Angelo Walsh in bringing a fresh face to the setup. Angelo a qualified Athletic Performance coach from Borrisoleigh has been on Bill’s radar for a number of years. ‘I have been trying to get Angelo on board for the last 2 or 3 years. He has a great reputation and is very highly regarded in Borrisoleigh. He played a huge role in the improvement in the Borrisoleigh hurlers as they captured the county final in 2019 and in reaching the All-Ireland.’ After their county final success Dan McCormack along with others whenever they were interviewed would constantly refer to the huge impact Angelo has made and credit him with a lot of their success. Angelo along with the rest of the management team will no doubt be keen to get started and look to build on the progress made in the camp in recent years.

Maggie O’Grady will continue to work with the group on video analysis and stats. Kellie O’ Byrne has also committed for another year as the team physio while Kevin O’Connor will once again work as goalkeeping coach to complete an impressive setup.

The Tipperary Senior Camogie Management Team for 2021 is as follows:

Bill Mullaney (Newport) – Manager

Carmel Bradshaw (Ballina) – Selector

Mary Howard (Cahir) – Selector

Dinny Ferncombe (Holycross) – Coach/Selector

Denis Kelly (Toomevara) – Coach/Selector

Angelo Walsh (Borrisoleigh) – Strength & Conditioning

Kevin O’Connor (Kinnity, Offaly) – Goalkeeping Coach

Maggie O’Grady (Thurles) – Video Analysis

Kellie O’ Byrne (Holycross) – Physio