Richard Stakelum new Dubs u21 boss  

By Conor McKeon

Tuesday December 08 2009

DUBLIN senior hurling selector, Richie Stakelum has been appointed Dublin under-21 manager for next season. The former Tipperary hurler heads a management ticket which will, in effect, see the senior management also overseeing the U21s in 2010.

There was other big news emerging for last night’s Dublin County Board meeting as the decision was taken to end the regional team experiment in the Dublin SHC ‘A’.

Originally from Borris-Ileigh, Stakelum won a Munster U21 medal with his native Tipp in 1984 and went on to captain them to Munster SHC glory three years later. Having moved to Dublin during the 1990s, Stakelum brought Kilmacud Crokes minor hurlers to a county championship in 2007 and was named as part of Daly’s backroom team last year along with Vincent Teehan and Ciarán Hetherton.

Stakelum takes over from former Antrim and Dublin senior hurler Ciarán Barr, who led to the side to defeat in the Leinster final to Kilkenny in Parnell Park this year having beaten Kildare and Wexford in the quarter-final and semi respectively.

However, senior boss Daly subsequently requested a more hands-on role for the senior management in next year’s U21 side, with as many as ten of his senior squad also eligible for the grade.

Senior starters David Treacy, Liam Rushe and Oisín Gough will all be U21 again next year and Daly and his management team have established an ‘academy’ panel featuring the best players at that age group in the county who are currently engaged in pre-season strength and conditioning programmes.

Daly has also stated that he expects Rory O’Carroll to be available for the U21s in 2010, despite his decision to concentrate his full early season senior efforts with Pat Gilroy’s football squad. However, they have a tough job of work ahead of them for next season, with the Leinster draw pairing Dublin with the winners of the Kilkenny v Offaly quarter-final in an away tie on June 23.

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