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Title: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on November 08, 2016, 08:34:57 AM
https://soundcloud.com/midlandssport/michael-duignan-and-daithi-reegan-manger-of-ballinameredurrow-minor-a-hurling-final-2016
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on April 17, 2018, 12:42:59 PM
https://m.independent.ie/videos/sport/watch-these-allireland-winners-reworked-joxer-goes-to-stuttgart-and-its-brilliant-36814771.html#play
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on April 17, 2018, 01:16:43 PM
Something like 8 B/D lads on that team.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on April 17, 2018, 01:32:22 PM
Something like 8 B/D lads on that team.
Was there a young Duignan playing ?
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on April 17, 2018, 02:40:36 PM
Something like 8 B/D lads on that team.
Was there a young Duignan playing ?

Yes.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on April 17, 2018, 04:15:33 PM
they've a big pick

Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: Orchard park on April 17, 2018, 04:55:00 PM
Something like 8 B/D lads on that team.
Was there a young Duignan playing ?

Yes.

Brian the younger son scored a dozen in the final
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on April 17, 2018, 05:03:22 PM
Something like 8 B/D lads on that team.
Was there a young Duignan playing ?

Yes.
Great to see
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on June 02, 2018, 06:09:48 AM
https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/sheep-in-a-heap-a-midseason-manager-and-lots-of-ball-work-how-offaly-overcame-a-crazy-summer-to-win-the-allireland-36969424.html
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on January 30, 2019, 04:53:04 PM
Offaly 2500/1 this year for the all Ireland



Joe Troy
@TheRealJT23
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Jan 27
Replying to
@ShaneSaint
Putting it into context. earlier Offaly’s starting 15 had a combined 138 League and Championship appearances between them. In contrast, Brick Walsh has 168 on his own..

Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: laoislad on February 16, 2019, 08:57:28 PM
Good win for Laois tonight over the BIFFOS..
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: LooseCannon on February 17, 2019, 02:29:51 AM
Good win for Laois tonight over the BIFFOS..

Oh just f**k off.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2019, 02:36:20 PM
Relegation playoff going well v Carlow

There was a good analysis yesterday in the IT.
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382

« When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2019, 03:24:52 PM
Draw now

Level in Tullamore

Seamus Murphy point for Carlow ties things up 1-14 to 2-11
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on March 10, 2019, 03:33:30 PM
RESULT

Carlow 2-14 Offaly 1-16

Offaly will play in Division 2A next year. What a comeback from 14-man Carlow
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on March 10, 2019, 07:14:14 PM
It had been coming for a few years
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on March 10, 2019, 08:02:49 PM
It had been coming for a few years

It has to be fair. As has Westmeath and Carlows rise.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: johnnycool on March 11, 2019, 10:26:39 AM
It had been coming for a few years

It has to be fair. As has Westmeath and Carlows rise.

Carlow have a talented group there ATM. It will be interesting if they can keep adding quality hurlers to the mix to sustain that effort.

Sad to see Offaly where they are, but they've been loitering around the bottom of 1B for quite a while now and are where they are.
Westmeath dine at the top table as well next year. Just reward for a lot of hard graft over the years.

Hard to believe we in Down would have been disappointed in not beating both Carlow and Westmeath just over a decade ago and we're in Div2B with no signs of getting out of it.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: Farrandeelin on March 11, 2019, 10:43:42 AM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: redsetanta on March 11, 2019, 10:45:44 AM
After winning the corresponding game last week and with an 11 point lead at half time it was hard to believe that Carlow got the victory (with 14 men). Fantastic achievement for them but Offaly must have thought they just needed to play out the second half. I know momentum changes games but to give up that sort of lead at home in such an important game musn't give much hope to Offaly hurling supporters.
Offaly will have more than enough for Div 2 hurling and will be back up straight away however when the likes of Bergin and Dooley go there isn't much to replace them. Anyhow if the GAA really wants more teams up to standard then they need to invest in the likes of Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Antrim etc. It should be targeted investment directly to underage coaches and school liason coaches. Clubs also needto be brought on board so kids are getting the right coaching all of the time,
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: laoislad on March 11, 2019, 04:20:04 PM
Some comeback from Duignan on Twitter to Donal Ogs comments about Offaly last night.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: laoislad on March 11, 2019, 04:21:57 PM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Christ when you think about it that way it is some fall from grace alright....
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on March 11, 2019, 04:26:41 PM
Some comeback from Duignanon Twitter to Donal Ogs comments about Offaly last night.

Donal Óg made a strawman argument which annoyed me. He was debunking Offaly as a 'traditional' hurling county, but I know of nobody who would make that claim, in Offaly certainly. Sure part of the beauty of Offaly's arrival in the 1980s and 1990s was that they were not a traditional county. It was as if Donal Óg was blowing up Offaly as a traditional county so he could make his point with that daft table. It's almost as if he had an allergic reaction in his own mind to anyone but Cork, Tipp and Kilkenny being 'traditional'.

The point is how far Offaly have fallen from the top table as opposed to the 80s and 90s, and even early 00's. And his rationale for that wasn't a million miles away. Offaly have certainly taken too long to adapt, and given the relative strength of their club game (Birr, KK, Coolderry etc all being relatively competitive) they should be operating at a higher level than they are. That's the topic.

The Humphries stuff from Duignan and Regan was out of order I thought.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on March 11, 2019, 07:05:46 PM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Mayo have 5/6 new clubs in the last 10 years.
Offaly have spent the last 10 years bemoaning everything

I know which county is on the way up
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: Farrandeelin on March 11, 2019, 10:53:42 PM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Mayo have 5/6 new clubs in the last 10 years.
Offaly have spent the last 10 years bemoaning everything

I know which county is on the way up

Coming and going though. Only 4 adult clubs. Caiseal Gaels are on the rise to minor this year, Ballyvary, Ballina and Claremorris only play underage to u-16. As of this year.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: From the Bunker on March 11, 2019, 11:07:30 PM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Mayo have 5/6 new clubs in the last 10 years.
Offaly have spent the last 10 years bemoaning everything

I know which county is on the way up

Coming and going though. Only 4 adult clubs. Caiseal Gaels are on the rise to minor this year, Ballyvary, Ballina and Claremorris only play underage to u-16. As of this year.

Hurling is a real struggle in Mayo! Ballyvary get their act together every couple of years and then have a decline! The hardest thing they are finding is getting lads to stay to their late teens and a hope at some stage for a Senior team (no matter how shite they are in the beginning).
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: macdanger2 on March 13, 2019, 11:31:33 AM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Mayo have 5/6 new clubs in the last 10 years.
Offaly have spent the last 10 years bemoaning everything

I know which county is on the way up

Coming and going though. Only 4 adult clubs. Caiseal Gaels are on the rise to minor this year, Ballyvary, Ballina and Claremorris only play underage to u-16. As of this year.

Do Ballyvary and Ballina have separate teams all the way to U16? I thought that they were combining at some ages with Ballyvary providing majority of the players

Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on March 13, 2019, 05:08:43 PM
Practically no hurling in north offaly now
Clara the only club left.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on March 13, 2019, 06:19:44 PM
Practically no hurling in north offaly now
Clara the only club left.

Tullamore?

what qualifies as North Offaly anyway.?I certainly wouldn't have said Clara. If Clara is North Offaly, Ferbane can't be far off North Offaly, and they have a senior hurling team (Belmont). North Offaly to me is actually East Offaly on a map. Rhode, Edenderry, Walsh Island, Daingean etc.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: Owenmoresider on March 13, 2019, 09:49:55 PM
Practically no hurling in north offaly now
Clara the only club left.
Brosna Gaels no?
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on March 13, 2019, 09:57:03 PM
Brosna Gaels are Doon, Pullagh and Ballycumber I think. If  thats North Offaly then so is Belmont.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: From the Bunker on March 13, 2019, 10:28:44 PM
What's harder to believe is that Mayo will be playing Offaly next year in hurling.
Mayo have 5/6 new clubs in the last 10 years.
Offaly have spent the last 10 years bemoaning everything

I know which county is on the way up

Coming and going though. Only 4 adult clubs. Caiseal Gaels are on the rise to minor this year, Ballyvary, Ballina and Claremorris only play underage to u-16. As of this year.

Do Ballyvary and Ballina have separate teams all the way to U16? I thought that they were combining at some ages with Ballyvary providing majority of the players

Yes, Ballina merge with Ballyvary at under age! Ballyvary have got their act together again and are getting numbers at under 10 and below.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: LooseCannon on March 14, 2019, 01:16:16 AM
Brosna Gaels, although a nice concept is doomed. Underage neglected for years. Chris McDonald transferring to Ballinamere and Spain looking to join KK are certainly not helping matters.
Tubber also, AZ.

Tullamore,Shamrocks, Clodiagh Gaels the most easterly (north to some) teams.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on May 20, 2019, 11:40:48 AM
H/T Loose Cannon

https://soundcloud.com/midlandssport/offaly-battling-relegation-in-joe-mcdonagh-cup
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on May 20, 2019, 03:06:20 PM
http://coolderrygaa.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Offaly-Hurling-Pathway-2020-16.05.161458.pdf
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: LooseCannon on May 20, 2019, 06:03:39 PM
Kevin Martin is gone
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on May 20, 2019, 06:33:45 PM
Kevin Martin is gone

Shambles.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: LooseCannon on May 20, 2019, 06:44:25 PM
Kevin Martin is gone

Shambles.
Aye. Unfortunately, there are many layers as to why we are where we are.
Not even remotely covered by the above link, or even the Liam Hogan interview on radio 3.

Bond? That was supposed to be sarcastic, but it’s gone beyond that. The reality is that the shit is on its way to hit the fan. The odds are very much so stacked against us.

I’d love to see a management team that contains Pat Fluery, if only in the background, a la Darby last year. According to the former hurlers that I’ve talked to throughout the years, he was the best manager they had.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on May 20, 2019, 07:12:47 PM
They have to win the next 2 matches
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: LooseCannon on May 20, 2019, 07:26:05 PM
Joachim’s at the wheel.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on May 20, 2019, 07:52:20 PM
Kevin Martin is gone
It doesn’t look like it was his call
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on June 15, 2019, 03:50:06 PM
4 points down at half time but it’s not about this match


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382%3fmode=amp

“When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on June 15, 2019, 07:22:34 PM
4 points down at half time but it’s not about this match


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382%3fmode=amp

“When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Where was the funding to develop hurling in the midlands counties?
Being spent in Dublin
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: johnnycool on June 17, 2019, 10:02:10 AM
4 points down at half time but it’s not about this match


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382%3fmode=amp

“When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Where was the funding to develop hurling in the midlands counties?
Being spent in Dublin

As much as you have a point but it has to be said the Dubs went to Croke Park with a plan. The Offaly's, Antrims of the world didn't so Croke Park didn't throw money at a non existent process.
Antrim go with a plan and get funding, that's how it works.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: manfromdelmonte on June 17, 2019, 12:17:42 PM
4 points down at half time but it’s not about this match


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382%3fmode=amp

“When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Where was the funding to develop hurling in the midlands counties?
Being spent in Dublin

As much as you have a point but it has to be said the Dubs went to Croke Park with a plan. The Offaly's, Antrims of the world didn't so Croke Park didn't throw money at a non existent process.
Antrim go with a plan and get funding, that's how it works.
the problem is Offaly have put together about 5 plans for the county
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: johnnycool on June 17, 2019, 12:26:22 PM
4 points down at half time but it’s not about this match


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fateful-day-dawns-for-the-faithful-county-hurlers-1.3819382%3fmode=amp

“When the college in Birr started to slip, we should have asked why.

We last appeared in a Leinster minor final in 2003 and under-21 in 2007/8. Because clubs like Birr and Killoughey and St Rynagh’s were doing so well, it masked underlying problems. It is easy to be wise in hindsight but Birr Community School began to fade in around the time Brother Denis [Minehane] * retired.

“There was no succession planning. And that is my fault and the fault of others in south Offaly clubs that we almost left it to Brother Denis and other teachers in Birr Community School to do what we should have been done. They were the providers of the majority of the players on teams. When that started to slip, so did Offaly hurling.”
Where was the funding to develop hurling in the midlands counties?
Being spent in Dublin

As much as you have a point but it has to be said the Dubs went to Croke Park with a plan. The Offaly's, Antrims of the world didn't so Croke Park didn't throw money at a non existent process.
Antrim go with a plan and get funding, that's how it works.
the problem is Offaly have put together about 5 plans for the county

And the lads that wrote the last one know the current incumbents in the CB haven't the ability to deliver it and have walked away.
CP would be mad to go in with a blank cheque, not that they would as Offaly don't put bums in Croke Park seats.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on June 26, 2019, 11:44:56 PM
Great win for the u20s tonight. Every silver lining is important at this stage.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: johnnycool on June 27, 2019, 08:34:34 AM
Great win for the u20s tonight. Every silver lining is important at this stage.

Beating Dublin is never easy at this level so that was a good result.

Are you in a semi-final now?
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on August 28, 2019, 03:51:37 AM
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/michael-fennelly-to-take-charge-of-offaly-hurlers-on-two-year-term-1.3999332?mode=amp
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: fearsiuil on September 02, 2019, 04:21:24 PM
Offaly got to final of Tony Forristal at weekend, Tipp won it. Good to see positive story at end of tough year for Offaly hurlers.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: AZOffaly on September 02, 2019, 09:45:40 PM
Offaly got to final of Tony Forristal at weekend, Tipp won it. Good to see positive story at end of tough year for Offaly hurlers.

First time ever for Offaly.  Tipp B team won Sonny Walsh as well.
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on September 03, 2019, 08:41:28 AM
http://www.midlandtribune.ie/gaa/2019/05/15/gallery/offaly-1994-jubilee-all-ireland-hurling-celebrations-4507/

Christy Heffernan spoke about how he felt that Kilkenny got a bit of luck over Offaly in some of the games they played while also stating that while a lot of fun seems to be gone out of the game
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: johnnycool on September 03, 2019, 11:30:26 AM
Offaly got to final of Tony Forristal at weekend, Tipp won it. Good to see positive story at end of tough year for Offaly hurlers.

First time ever for Offaly.  Tipp B team won Sonny Walsh as well.

Did I read somewhere that Clare and Cork have stopped going to the Tony Forrestal as they believe it impairs development?
Title: Re: Ballinamere Durrow Offaly minor and the next generation
Post by: seafoid on September 27, 2019, 11:29:30 AM
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/hurling/fennelly-sacrifices-must-be-made-if-offaly-want-to-prosper-38512716.html   
Michael Verney

September 19 2019 2:30 AM

 
The personnel in his Offaly squad will only take shape in the coming months but new Faithful hurling boss Michael Fennelly knows exactly what he wants and insists that "sacrifices will have to be made" by his charges if they are to survive.

Offaly have slipped off the hurling radar in recent years with successive relegations seeing them ply their trade in the Christy Ring Cup for 2020 and Fennelly is tasked with restoring things next year.

The Kilkenny legend - an eight-time All-Ireland winner - has no goals for his squad as of yet but will make high demands of players as they look to bounce back to the Joe McDonagh Cup next season.

"I just need to get them up to a high standard. I have high standards and I'll be demanding that from my management team and I'll be demanding it from the players. It goes back to accountability on them and responsibility," Fennelly said.

"If you don't have that and commitment levels, well then inter-county might not be for you and that's the bones of it. Sacrifices have to be made, you have to be selfish in it too. That's the way it was for me.

"You have to put it first and then there is a balance on it in terms of family and kids and stuff but if you want to be the best you really have to put yourself first. So I'll be sitting down with the lads and going through what our goals are for the year basically from November time."

As a rookie manager stepping into inter-county management at just 34, Fennelly knows he will make some mistakes along the way but he is intent on changing the culture around the Faithful after falling away from hurling's top table in recent years.

"I think culture and foundations have to be laid here. Where Offaly is at the moment we need to get back to basics and fundamentals. Get back to a bit of belief. I'm a big believer in culture and laying foundations," the Ballyhale Shamrocks clubman said.

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"Goals will come on top of that as well and that's where we need to go. If you don't have all that you can bring in whoever you want and there will be cracks all over the place so that's where I'll be going first and building that.

"That will take time, it's not a few weeks or months, it's a good year or two years to build that. It's not a flick of the switch here in terms of November and December, it's going to be a lot of work involved coming into the year."

Given his expertise in strength and conditioning and coaching - he worked as a performance coach with the Kildare footballers in 2019 - Fennelly intends to be "hands on" in terms of training sessions.

And despite playing under Brian Cody - the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager who is widely acclaimed as the game's finest - Fennelly intends to be his own man, but he will take one particular lesson from the Cats boss.

"Brian is very articulate. When he talks, he talks. He's very good in meetings, he wouldn't hold a meeting for no reason. Nothing would be dragged out and I like that. Players want to come to training and they want to go home as well.

"That's something I'll be taking on board more than anything. Anything that's required, there has to be a crux for it basically. So that's one of the main things that I realise from working with Brian," he said.