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James O'Connor Press Release

01 March, 2022

2022 Midleton senior hurling management team announced

Midleton GAA club are delighted to announce that James O’Connor was last night ratified as the senior team coach for the 2022 season.

The full senior hurling management team for 2022 is: Steve Kane (manager), James O’Connor (coach and selector), Ger Fitzgerald (selector), Terence McCarthy (selector) and Criostóir O Cathasaigh (selector).

Midleton will enter the 2022 County Senior Hurling Championship as holders of the Sean Og Murphy Cup after winning the title in 2021 by defeating Glen Rovers in the County Final.

Lismore man, James O’Connor, takes over from Ben O’Connor who left the role before Christmas after helping to guide the Magpies to a first Cork SHC title since 2013.

A former Waterford senior hurler, O’Connor, is no stranger to the Cork championship scene having guided Carrigtwohill to Cork SHC glory in 2011 and then Fr. O’Neills to Cork Premier IHC success in 2019. He also guided O’Neills to Munster glory and to an All-Ireland final, where they were beaten by a point by Tullaroan in a Croke Park Classic in January of 2020.

Later that year he took over the role as manager of Kilkenny club Ballyhale Shamrocks. He led them to back-to-back Kilkenny county titles in 2020 and 2021 and to Leinster Club success in 2021. He also guided them to last month’s All-Ireland club final where they were beaten by a last second goal by Ballygunner of Waterford.

Speaking on his appointment James said, “I had a brilliant two years with Ballyhale Shamrocks and now I’m really looking forward to my next big challenge with Midleton.”

O’Connor brings a wealth of experience to the role and speaking recently, before Ballyhale’s All-Ireland Final clash with Ballygunner, he said, “I love the coaching side of it. I love finding new talent and developing players. For me there’s a massive satisfaction from doing that.”

The Midleton senior hurlers are due to begin their RedFM senior hurling league campaign against Douglas on the weekend after next.

In their championship defence they have been drawn in a group with Douglas, Newtownshandrum and Kanturk.

The officers and members of Midleton GAA wish Steve, James, Ger, Terence, Cristóir and the players all the very best for the 2022 season.

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