Westmeath GAA County Board have tonight ratified the appointment of Shane O’Brien as Westmeath Senior Hurling Manager. This appointment is hugely exciting as a highly experienced and skilled backroom team is also in place. Paudie O’Neill will take up a role as director of coaching, The Tipperary man is vastly experienced having worked as a coach under Eamonn O’Shea in Tipperary for 4 years. O’Neill has also had prominent coaching roles in Croke Park and has managed various Dublin underage teams and Ballyboden Senior hurlers for a number of years. The backroom team also sees former Galway dual star Alan Kerins take up a coaching and performance role. Kerins recently coached Gort to a Galway Senior Hurling Final and has won various minor titles coaching his club Clarinbridge. Kerins has the distinct achievement of having won All Ireland Club titles in both codes. Alan has also played in All Ireland Hurling Finals and has won An All Ireland Football Title in 2001. Brendan Murtagh will once again be a selector having served in last seasons managment team. O’Brien will be adding two more coach/selectors in the coming weeks one of which will be from Westmeath.
Shane O’Briens appointment will be a populor choice having been involved with Westmeath last season. O’Brien has had nurmerous coaching roles including Kildare in 2018 winning the Christy Ring Cup and played prominent coaching role with Dublin U21 Hurlers in 2011 winning a Leinster title and contesting the All Ireland Final the same year. He has also managed Dublin Camogie Senior team who he helped develope into a competing senior team. More recently he has managed the Trinity College Hurling team making extraordinary progress from winning Ryan Cup three years ago to being strong contenders in last years Fitzgibbon Cup. O’Brien was also Joint Manager of Oulart the Balagh Wexford in 2017 aswell as managing the Dublin Collages hurling teams over a 5 year period.