Kilkenny became All-Ireland senior hurling champions for the 36th time when they defeated Galway at Croke Park in Dublin on September 6th 2015. In 2016 Kilkenny once again reached the All-Ireland final but were defeated by Tipperary. Of their 36 Championship wins to date, Kilkenny have won eleven of those under the management of Brian Cody. Having managed Kilkenny for eighteen seasons Cody is now the longest serving manager in the country. He is widely regarded as the greatest hurling team manager of all time.
Brian Cody was born in Sheestown near Kilkenny City on July 12th 1954. He was educated at the local primary school and at St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny City. Following completion of second level education Cody qualified as a primary school teacher from St Patricks College in Dublin. He returned to teach in his native Kilkenny.
Brian Cody won his first All-Ireland medal as captain of the St Kieran’s College senior team in 1971. During his playing career with County Kilkenny Cody won one All-Ireland medal at minor level, two at under-21 level and three at senior level. He also won Leinster, National League and Railway Cup medals. Cody retired from inter-county hurling in 1985 and later became involved in team management and coaching with his club, James Stephens. He was appointed manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team on November 16th 1998 an since then has led Kilkenny to unprecedented success both at provincial and national level.
His outstanding success as a manager has led to Brian Cody being given several awards. These include, Philips Sports Manager of the Year in 2003, Freedom of Kilkenny City in 2008, Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork in 2012 and Honorary Doctorate from Dublin City University in 2012.
Brian Cody, manager of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling team, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by University College Cork (UCC) in the year 2012 On This Day.
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