Joe Kernan is Ireland manager

April 6, 2015

Joe Kernan has added a new string to his illustrious managerial career having been confirmed as Ireland’s new International Rules manager for the next two years.

The Crossmaglen native, who led his home club Crossmaglen Rangers to three All-Ireland club titles before guiding his native county to All-Ireland glory in 2002, has also led Ulster to Interprovincial glory. Big Joe becomes the eighth manager of Ireland since the series was revived in 1998 and will take charge of his country for the first time when Ireland face Australia on November 21st at Croke Park in a one-Test series. Ireland will be trying to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen Cup after losing in Perth last year.

Pádraic Joyce, Darragh Ó Sé and Dermot Earley will complete a formidable backroom team who have plenty of experience when it comes to the International Rules series.

Speaking about his appointment Joe said: “I’m delighted to accept this role and I view it as a real privilege. I have been involved with the GAA all my life and there are not too many opportunities to represent Ireland as an active GAA member. This is one, and one I look forward to immensely. It will be an honour to work with the top players from our game planning to face the best the AFL has to offer.