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Cahill will do better with Antrim hurlers second time around

By John Campbell

Antrim board officials are hopeful that Dinny Cahill’s second term in charge of the county hurling squad will be marked with success.

Tipperary native Cahill endured frustration when in charge of the Saffrons from 2002 until 2005 but now feels that he is better-equipped to deal with the challenges ahead after his appointment was confirmed yesterday.

He has managed Laois as well as having coached at such leading clubs as Portumna (Galway) and Graigue-Ballycallan (Kilkenny) and is ready to tackle what he describes as “unfinished business” with Antrim.

“I believe that the experience which I have acquired recently will now stand me in good stead with Antrim and I would hope that all players, officials and supporters will get behind the bid to bring success to the county. I have unfinished business to attend to from my previous involvement,” says Cahill.

He will have Cork native Bob Thornhill as one of his selectors while former Antrim ace Gregory O’Kane, currently preparing Dunloy for their All Ireland Club semi-final, will join the management team when his commitments in this sphere have ended.

O’Kane will bring a wealth of local knowledge to the table as Cahill prepares to draw up his initial playing squad. He is also expected to liaise with Dominic McKinley and Terence McNaughton, who jointly managed the side until recently, in this connection.

Meanwhile, former Armagh player Martin McQuillan has been appointed a Louth selector by new manager Peter Fitzpatrick. McQuillan gave the orchard county superb service as a wing-back for many years and distinguished himself with Ulster in the inter-provincial championship series under Brian McEniff winning seven medals. He has acquired an in-depth knowledge of Louth football having played for Kilkerly and managed Roche Emmets.

Cavan chairman Phil Smith has stood down citing “personal reasons.” Cavan have had a disappointing year and only recently football team boss Tommy Carr, the former All Ireland winning Dublin captain, somehow managed to survive a ‘no confidence’ vote at county board level to remain in his post.

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