The Abbeyleix senior hurlers will have a new man on the sideline this year.
Former All-Ireland Junior club championship winning hurler Kieran Delaney will take charge of the side this year.
He joins as manager after coaching roles in camogie with The Harps and Kilkenny.
He is a fully qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and is also a teacher in Heywood Community School.
As a player, Delaney was on the St Patrick’s Ballyragget, Kilkenny, team that won the All-Ireland junior club championship in 2012.
Delaney’s management team has not yet been officially confirmed.
He takes over from Donie Franks who had been at the helm for the last two seasons – winning the Palmer Cup last year.
Under Franks, Abbeyleix reached the championship semi final in 2017 but they were eliminated at the quarter final stage last year.