DANNY Owens is back in charge of his native Kilcormac/Killoughey and returns to the helm after leading them to three Offaly Senior hurling titles in a row from 2012 to 2014. 2012 also saw them claim the Leinster club crown before going on to be narrowly beaten in the All Ireland final at the hands of St Thomas.
Since departing the role at the end of 2014, Owens has managed the Westmeath Minor hurlers, Tullamore and most recently he led Camross to the Laois senior hurling title last year.
His ratification came at a rescheduled AGM last Sunday week after an original AGM was adjourned.
Owens, who is a former All Ireland winner with Offaly, takes over from Stephen Byrne who led the double K's to County glory in 2017 before going on to lose to Cuala in the Leinster final.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise and it is a big call from Kilcormac/Killoughey as the look to win back the County title in 2019 having been beating in last years final by Coolderry. Tommy Bracken, a selector with Owens from 2012 to 2014, is again part of the management team and they are joined by John Kilmartin and Jim Gorman.
Meanwhile, former Coolderry boss Ken Hogan has taken over as St Rynagh's manager while Joachim Kelly, who managed Coolderry last year, is now back with the county champions but as a selector with one of last year's selectors, Seamus Kennedy taking on the manager's role.