Naas forward James Burke will captain the Kildare hurlers in 2023 with Clane’s Paddy McKenna as his vice-captain.

Burke takes over from clubmate Brian Byrne who has captained the side to three Christy Ring Cup successes in five years and is also the Naas captain.

Burke was a member of those three Christy Ring teams (2018, 2020 and 2022) also having recovered from serious illness a few months earlier to star in the first of those triumphs as a 19-year old.

An accomplished footballer as well, Burke (along with Byrne) was an influential midfielder on the Naas football team that helped secure their side of the double double for the club over the past two seasons.

Goalkeeper McKenna is another dual player and a panellist with the Clane football side that reached the county final, as well as being first-choice county hurling ‘keeper since the retirement of Paul Dermody.

Both players were named in the Team of the Year for the Ring, Meagher and Rackard Cups last year.

The full Kildare panel is listed below.

Manager: David Herity

New panelists denoted by *

  • Alan Goss (Celbridge) *
  • Brian Byrne (Naas)
  • Cathal Dowling (Naas)
  • Cathal McCabe (Maynooth)
  • Cian Boran (Naas) *
  • Cian Shanahan (Clane) *
  • Conan Boran (Naas)
  • Conn Kehoe (Moorefield) *
  • Conor Treacy (Celbridge) *
  • Cormac Byrne (EO/CC) *
  • Daniel O’Meara (Maynooth) *
  • David Qualter (Maynooth)
  • Declan Flaherty (Coill Dubh)
  • Drew Costello (Ardclough)
  • Frank Bass (Confey)
  • Gerry Keegan (Celbridge)
  • Harry Carroll (Naas) *
  • Jack Higgins (EO/CC) *
  • Jack Travers (Leixlip)
  • James Burke (Naas)
  • James Dolan (EO/CC)
  • John McKeon (Naas) *
  • Johnny Byrne (Coill Dubh)
  • Killian Aherne (Clane) *
  • Killian Harrington (Naas) *
  • Liam O’Reilly (Naas) *
  • Mark Delaney (Coill Dubh)
  • Michéal Hogan (Maynooth)
  • Niall O’Muineacháin (Celbridge)
  • Paddy McKenna (Clane)
  • Paul Divilly (Confey)
  • Paul Dolan (EO/CC)
  • Peter O’Donoghue (Naas) *
  • Reece Gavin (Moorefield) *
  • Rian Boran (Naas)
  • Richie Hogan (Naas)
  • Sean Burke (Naas) *
  • Sean Christanseen (Clane)
  • Sean Whelan (Ardclough) *
  • Shane Ryan (Naas)
  • Simon Leacy (Naas)

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