Cork GAA appoint O'Connell as High Performance Manager

August 26, 2019

Coach Aidan O'Connell watches on at Munster Rugby training. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Aidan O'Connell is moving from Munster Rugby to take up the role of High Performance Manager with Cork GAA.

The Ballyclough man, who worked with the Cork senior footballers when they won the All-Ireland in 2010, will be responsible for all high performance matters across all county teams in hurling and football at all age grades 'to develop and strengthen strategies relating to player development within the organisation’.

O'Connell has been with Munster Rugby since 2004, having worked for Leinster Rugby and the IRFU prior to that. Cork GAA chief-executive Kevin O'Donovan, former Kildare manager Cian O'Neill of CIT, ex-Cork managers Brian Cuthbert and Kieran Kingston and former Munster and All-Black star Doug Howlett were involved in the appointment process.

"The position of High Performance Manager will be a vital one in ensuring that we maximise the achievement of our inter-county teams in an increasingly demanding and competitive environment," Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy said.

"He has come through a rigorous interview process, and we are very lucky to have secured his services."

The position is being part-funded by Cork GAA and the supporters' fund-raising group, Cáirde Chorcaí.


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