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Joe Fortune Discusses The Rise Of The Westmeath Hurlers

Joe Fortune Discusses The Rise Of The Westmeath Hurlers
By Paul Shaughnessy
There is quality when you look all over the Westmeath side. From full-back Tommy Doyle who is undoubtedly one of the top defenders in the game, veteran Aonghus Clarke, former Galway hurler Davy Glennon, the lively Niall O'Brien and sharpshooter Killian Doyle who racked up a total of 0-55 throughout the Leinster SHC.
Manager Joe Fortune previously guided the Dublin minor and u21 hurlers to Leinster titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as spending time with Ballyboden St Enda's, where the south Dublin club claimed a county title in 2018. Before returning to the inter county game, the Wexford native returned to his home county where he spent a year with the Wexford U20 hurlers in 2021.
In 2021-2022 season Fortune accepted the Westmeath senior hurling manager role, and he drafted in former Leinster title winner with Dublin Peter Kelly along with former Westmeath footballer Eddie Casey and Cork man Paul O'Donoghue. Along with retaining their Leinster SHC status, his side went on to claim the NHL Division 2 title and the Kehoe Cup, a pre-season competition.
Our own Paul Shaughnessy sat down with Joe Fortune where he discussed staying up in Leinster, the leaders in their group, winning silverware, competing with the big guns and the potential of this team.
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