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Laois duo take the reigns at Kilkenny hurling club

Two Laois men will be on the sideline for one of Kilkenny’s leading senior club teams this year.

Ballinakill’s Seamus Dwyer and Portlaoise’s Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett will take charge James Stephens’ club this year.

A club official confirmed the news to LaoisToday and said that Dwyer would initially take charge with Plunkett in a position to commit fully in the coming weeks.

Dwyer worked under Plunkett as a selector with the Laois senior hurlers for three years.

The pair worked together from 2013 to 2015 and won the Division 2A hurling league title in 2013.

Jame Stephens last won the championship in Kilkenny in 2011 and were last in the final in 2017 where they lost out to Dicksboro.

They lost out narrowly at the quarter-final stage of the Kilkenny SHC to Erin’s Own last October.

James Stephens have previously been managed by Niall Rigney – who was over them when they last won the Kilkenny championship in 2011 – while Pat Critchley also did a two-year spell there a number of years back.

Dwyer, a teacher in Kilkenny CBS, is no stranger to James Stephens having been involved with them as recently as 2017.

Since departing as Laois manager, Cheddar Plunkett managed the Portlaoise hurlers in 2017 where they were relegated to the Senior A grade.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.