Westmeath GAA has confirmed the resignation of Shane O'Brien as the county's senior hurling manager.

The news comes just weeks after Westmeath’s historic Joe McDonagh Cup win.

The Lake County spent the last two years under O’Brien playing in Division 1 of the Allianz League and his tenure culminated in a long-awaited victory in the McDonagh Cup last month.

In a statement O’Brien thanked an "incredible group of players he worked with over the past three years" and spoke of their "passion and courage over the last two years".

Westmeath chairman Frank Mescall thanked O'Brien for his dedication and service. He also thanked the backroom team for their efforts.

O'Brien celebrated McDonagh Cup glory with his panel on 17 July

O’Brien said he thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

"I am fully aware of how fortunate I was to have worked with such a fantastic team. The players have shown immense courage and passion in Division 1 over the last two years, which ultimately lead to Westmeath winning the much sought after Joe Mc Donagh Cup," he said.

"I would like to thank the management and backroom team for their unwavering support and commitment and the clubs, supporters, Club Iarmhi and Westmeath County Board.

"Westmeath hurling is in a very strong position and I look forward to seeing their continued development in the coming years."

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