Joe Kernan unveiled as new Ireland International Rules boss

Joe Kernan is unveiled as Ireland's new International Rules manager
Joe Kernan is unveiled as Ireland's new International Rules manager

Former Armagh All-Ireland winning boss Joe Kernan has been unveiled as manager of Ireland's International Rules team.

Kernan 60, guided Armagh to their only All-Ireland success in 2002 and his native Crossmaglen to All-Ireland club titles in 1997, 1999 and 2000.

He will succeed Roscommon's Paul Earley as Ireland boss for the next two years.

Ireland play Australia in a one-off test in Croke Park on 21 November for the Cormac McAnallen Cup before travelling Down Under in 2016.

The appointment, confirmed by new GAA President Aogan O Fearghail at a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday, completes Kernan's stellar managerial CV.

Along with winning All-Irelands with club and county, he led Armagh to four Ulster senior football championships, including a three-in-a-row from 2004 to 2006.

Ireland manager Joe Kernan with selectors Darragh O Se and Padraic Joyce along with GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy and GAA President Aogan O Fearghail.
Ireland manager Joe Kernan with selectors Darragh O Se and Padraic Joyce along with GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy and GAA President Aogan O Fearghail.

He had one disappointing season in charge of Galway in 2010 and his last managerial job was back with Crossmaglen in 2013, winning the Armagh SFC title. He also won three inter-provincial titles in charge of Ulster.

Despite some uncertainty over the long-term future of the series, the GAA confirmed several weeks ago that agreement had been reached with the AFL to continue with the one-test series for 2015.

Australia won last year's test in Perth by 56-46 and Kernan will now be charged with trying to regain the Cormac McAnallen trophy for the Irish when the sides meet in Croke Park later this year.

Former All-Ireland winners Darragh O Se (Kerry) and Padraic Joyce (Galway) will join former Kildare footballer Dermot Earley in Kernan's backroom team.

"I'm delighted to accept this role and I view it as a real privilege," said Kernan.

"It will be an honour to work with the top players from our game planning to face the best the AFL has to offer and I also look forward to working alongside Padraic, Darragh and Dermot, all of whom have vast experience of this code."

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