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2019 Laois hurling champions Rathdowney-Errill appoint new manager

Shane Keegan

Shane Keegan, who has managed League of Ireland soccer teams Galway Utd and Wexford Youths and currently works with Dundalk FC, has been appointed as the new Rathdowney-Errill hurling manager for the 2021 season.

Keegan, who is from Rathdowney, was voted in by the club’s executive committee this morning.

He will be joined on the management team by Eoin Fitzpatrick, a former club championship winner with the club, and Kevin ‘Rebel’ Power from Johnstown in Kilkenny, who played underage and senior with the county.

Keegan takes over from John Delaney who was in the role for the past three seasons and guided Rathdowney-Errill to senior championship success in 2019.

Though his main background is in soccer, Keegan has a very strong coaching pedigree and was linked with the vacant Meath managerial position in 2020.

Earlier this year he fulfilled the head coach’s duties with Dundalk for their Europa League games as their current boss didn’t have the requisite coaching badges.

As well as working with Dundalk, Keegan also hosts his own coaching podcast with the42.ie where among his guests have been Laois hurling manager Seamas ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett, Tipperary coach Darragh Egan, golfer Padraig Harrington and Leinster rugby’s Stuart Lancaster.

Rathdowney-Errill were beaten in the semi-final of the 2020 championship by Borris-Kilcotton, a competition that still has to be completed.

Borris-Kilcotton will meet Clough-Ballacolla in the decider which will be played in June at the earliest ahead of the start of the 2021 championship.

Laois GAA had initially hoped to play a league competition, starting at its normal time at the end of March.

But with the country needing to be at Level 2 of the Coronavirus restrictions, that is unlikely. In that scenario, it’s expected that their next preference would be to play a shortened league campaign giving clubs at least three or four games each.

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