Former Nemo boss Kirwan steps down as Cork football coach

Former Nemo boss Kirwan steps down as Cork football coach
Cork selectors Eddie Kirwan Nemo, Ger O'Halloran, Ballinora, Sean Hayes, Nemo, and Ronan McCarthy. Picture: George Hatchell

CORK are on the look-out for a new senior football coach and selector after Eddie Kirwan decided to opt out for family reasons.

The former Nemo Rangers coach came on board Ronan McCarthy’s management team of Sean Hayes and Ger O’Halloran at the start of the season.

In the league, Cork dropped to Division 3 next year in a section containing Tipperary, Derry, Leitrim, Down, Louth, Longford and Offaly. They reached the Munster final and the Super 8s.

“I’ve a young family and don’t have the time to commit for a second season. I’ve informed Ronan and the county board,” Kirwan said.

He was involved with Nemo from 2002 to 2012, first under Billy Morgan’s management and then Ephie Fitzgerald before taking over the over the manager’s role in 09.

“It was a natural progression from physical trainer to selector to manager. It was a learning process under different people, different levels, different techniques,” Kirwan said at the time.

He ended up participating in triathlons and coaching hockey before returning to lend a hand with Nemo’s U16s and camogie in Cobh in 2018.

“I don’t intend getting involved with any club teams in the immediate future,” Kirwan added.

Meanwhile, the committee to choose John Meyler’s successor as Cork hurling manager is expected to be put in place next week.

Former boss Kieran Kingston, who stepped down in 2017, remains the bookies’ favourite while Ger Cunningham, Donal Óg Cusack, Ben O’Connor and Pat Mulcahy are also linked.

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