Ex Armagh boss Joe Kernan appointed Ireland boss

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
New Ireland International Rules squad boss Joe Kernan
New Ireland International Rules squad boss Joe Kernan

Former Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers boss Joe Kernan has been appointed manager of the GAA's International rules squad.

Kernan, who guided Armagh to their historic breakthrough All-Ireland win in 2002, will be in charge of Ireland for their one match international series against Australia on November 21st next in Croke Park.  

He will also manage the team for the return fixture in Australia in 2016.

Despite staging a spirited second half comeback Ireland were comfortably beaten by Australia in last year's fixture in Perth.

Ex Roscommon player Paul Earley managed the team.

Earley's nephew, Dermot Earley will be one of Kernan's three selectors.

The others are ex Galway star Padraic Joyce - who previously starred for Ireland in the series - and Darragh O Sé who recently stepped down after an unsuccessful stint as Kerry U-21 boss.

A former All Star, Kernan had an outstanding career with Crossmaglen, Armagh and Ulster. 

He scored two goals for his native county in the 1977 All-Ireland decider in which the Orchard County lost heavily to Dublin.

He was appointed manager of his club Crossmaglen Rangers in 1993 and enjoyed unprecedented success guiding them to a record All-Ireland club titles in four seasons.

Apart from guiding Armagh to their All-Ireland win in 2002, he was in charge when they won five provincial titles and a National League. Later he had one unsuccessful season with Galway.

'We're going to play the game that suits us not the Australians. We need to simply the game,' he said at the press conference confirming his appointment as the Irish boss.