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Roscommon senior hurling manager for his afternoon’s game against Fermanagh, Daithí Hand.


Former Sligo senior hurling manager Daithí Hand has ruled himself out of becoming the next Roscommon senior hurling supremo.

Hand, who has been at the helm for the last two games owing to Seamus Qualter’s absence due to personal reasons, saw the Rossies beat Fermanagh by two points this afternoon to retain their Nickey Rackard Cup status.

But as Roscommon hurling chiefs begin their search for a new manager, Hand confirmed that he wouldn’t be throwing his hat in the ring after Qualter also ruled himself out of the race.

“Not for now. I’ve enough of stuff going on in my personal life. It’s a long trip up and down from Athlone to Sligo. In my head, Seamus (Qualter) is still the manager. We need to thank him, Roscommon Hurling Board, especially Christy McDermott, for giving us the opportunity. For ourselves, we’ve learned so much about Roscommon hurling. There’s a bright future ahead if the right structures are in place,” he said.

Roscommon defeated Fermanagh by 2-17 to 1-18 at Athleague this afternoon, thanks to goals from Ryan Conlon and Brendan Mulry, to ensure that they would be playing Nicky Rackard Cup hurling in 2024.

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