LAOIS GAA - Frank Keenan set for Abbeyleix

Abbeyleix have filled the managerial vacancy left by Owen Behan by confirming Frank Keenan will manage their senior team for 2011.

Abbeyleix have filled the managerial vacancy left by Owen Behan by confirming Frank Keenan will manage their senior team for 2011.

Club secretary Bob Cole confirmed the appointment on Monday, with PJ Peacock taking training for the next few months before Keenan steps into the role full-time in March.

He comes to the position as one of the most experienced managers on the club scene, with a remarkable record with his own club Camross. He was at the helm when they beat Portlaoise in the 2007 senior final, and has been a key figure in bringing through the raft of talented young hurlers the club has produced over the last decade.

His first mission will be to keep the club in the SHC, as they only survived on a technicality last year, as they were saved from relegation after Camross' second team won the intermediate championship. With two teams set to be relegated from this year's SHC, Abbeyleix will be many people's favourites to go down after their struggles last year.

Abbeyleix's appointment of Keenan means there are just two teams in the SHC who have yet to appoint managers; Mountrath and Borris-Kilcotton. Mountrath chairman Ian Moore has confirmed, however, that the club hope to have a new manager appointed within the next week or so.

Borris-Kilcotton are set to step up their pursuit of a new manager now that the formation of a new committee has been finalised. Borris-in-Ossory man John Kealy will chair the new club in it's inaugural year, with Kilcotton's David Bergin vice-chairman, and Breda Delaney acting as secretary.

In the Intermediate ranks, Aidan Fogarty will take over the reins from Enda Lyons in Ballyfin, while Clonad have turned to one of their own with the appointment of Greg Norton for the coming year.

Shanahoe's Fergal Cuddy will take over team affairs for the immediate future, until a full-time manager can be appointed, while Clonaslee St Manman's decision to pull out of the leagues means any decision on a manager is unlikely to be made in the short term.

The full list of senior managers is as follows: Abbeyleix - Frank Keenan; Ballinakill - Eamon Sweeney; Borris-Kilcotton - yet to be filled; Camross - Brian Whelehan; Castletown-Slieve Bloom - Danny Reddin; Clough-Ballacolla - John O'Sullivan; Colt - Owen Behan; Mountrath - not yet filled Portlaoise - Paul Bergin; Rathdowney-Errill - Frank McGrath; The Harps - John Taylor.

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