HIGHLY-REGARDED Cork camogie manager Paudie Murray will return to the job in 2020.
Murray has enjoyed an outstanding reign with the senior side, winning four All-Ireland senior titles, and also doubled up as intermediate boss for a spell, lifting an All-Ireland in that grade as well.
It will be his ninth year in charge and he will have his sights set on recapturing the O’Duffy Cup from Galway.
His management team will include the vastly experienced Liam Cronin as hurling coach in the area of technical and skills development of the players. Cronin was a coach with the Clare senior hurlers for the past three years and was involved in the Limerick hurling academy.
He was also on board with Ardscoil Rís when they picked up three Harty Cups and a Dean Ryan Cup in recent years. Cronin replaces Paudie’s brother Kevin Murray, who is concentrating on his PHD studies. Former Cork senior hurler Kevin has a growing reputation as a coach to watch and assisted Billy Morgan with UCC’s Sigerson Cup teams.
Martin O’Brien will continue to lead the area of strength and conditioning, but will now have Eoin Galvin on board.
Galvin, younger brother of ex-Cork senior Noel, is currently involved with the undefeated Ballincollig basketball team in the National League and was in the backroom when the Ballincollig footballers lifted the Andy Scannell Cup in 2014.
Niall Collins remains in the position as Performance Analyst, along with Michael Twomey. Liam O’Reilly, Damien Murray, and Anthony O’Neill also remain in their roles for the 2020 campaign.
Éire Óg’s Barry Corkery, fresh from working with the All-Ireland winning Cork minor footballers, comes in as Performance Coach.
Next year could be a transitional one of sorts for the Cork camogie squad, given the county’s minors were back-to-back All-Ireland winners in 2018-19 and Murray will, no doubt, be keen to blood some new faces in the league.
Experienced midfielder Ashling Thompson opted out before last summer but the Rebels will hope keeper Aoife Murray, Paudie’s sister, and powerhouse defender Gemma O’Connor, are available once more.
Amy O’Connor, a first-time All-Star recently, will lead a potent attack featuring Orla Cronin, Orla Cotter, and Katrina Mackey.
Despite the disappointment of defeat to Galway in the semi-final, Cork will still be strong contenders for ultimate glory.