Ardagh native Philip Kiernan appointed new Westmeath selector

Former Ardagh and Longford footballer Philip Kiernan has been appointed a selector with the Westmeath senior football squad for 2012.

Former Ardagh and Longford footballer Philip Kiernan has been appointed a selector with the Westmeath senior football squad for 2012.

Kiernan has been living in Kilbeggan for the past 20 years and won a Westmeath Intermediate Championship medal with the local club back in 2000.

The manager of that successful Kilbeggan side was none other than Pat Flanagan, the current Westmeath supremo, and he is delighted to welcome Philip Kiernan to the county senior set up.

“Philip has a vast amount of inter-county experience with Longford and that will help the young lads in our set up. I want my selectors to do as much coaching as possible, and expect Philip to work closely with the midfielders and attackers. As a player, Philip was hugely committed and a fine example to the younger players he played with. I expect him to have a similar impact with Westmeath,” said Flanagan.

Philip Kiernan was a midfield regular for Longford between 1977 and 1988 and won two county senior football championship medals with his native club Ardagh St. Patrick’s.

The other members of the current Westmeath management team are selector Tom Darcy (Rosemount) and new team trainer Joe Quinn (a Clara clubmate of Pat Flanagan’s) and it is Offaly who will provide the opposition for the Lake County in the first competitive fixture of 2012 in the opening round of the O’Byrne Cup on Sunday next.