Ennis gets Meath hurling job

October 07, 2014

New Meath hurling manager Martin Ennis

Martin Ennis has been appointed as the new Meath hurling manager in succession to Cillian Farrell.

A former county player and All-Ireland B winner in 1993, the Clann na nGael clubman recently led Kiltale to a county championship.

He was ratified at Monday's county board meeting and will have Mickey Cole and Kevin Dowd as his fellow selectors.  

Paddy Kelly was the only person nominated for the role but the county committee decided to put their own choice of manager up for position, a decision that led to some debate on the night.

"Paddy Kelly was the only person nominated, so where did Martin Ennis come from?" asked Dunboyne delegate John Reilly, who suggested the decision was personal against Kelly.
Chairman Conor Tormey refuted the allegation, saying that the management committee was entitled to go outside the nominations.

"I cannot understand why Paddy Kelly was overlooked. People involved with underage hurling know all the work he has done," said the Dunboyne man.

"There seems to be a perception that Paddy Kelly is not suitable for this county. I have nothing against Martin Ennis but I hope the best man for the job has been picked," said T. J. Reilly of Boardsmill, adding, "we will be looking for progress next year."

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