Antrim's return to the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship will take place under new managerial eyes as Paul McKillen and Jim McKernan have stepped down.

The pair guided the Saffrons to the All-Ireland Intermediate title this year having lost last year’s decider to Ulster rivals Down. Last month’s win over Kilkenny at Croke Park ensures a return to the top tier for the county.

"We wish to place on record our gratitude to Paul and Jim in the first place for taking on the task," Antrim Camogie said.

"We acknowledge the challenges of managing an inter-county team at any time, but these men were presented with far greater challenges by the Covid pandemic and the restrictions it imposed.

"They brought Antrim through it to new levels of achievement and the display of camogie skills in Croke Park on 12 September and scenes that followed both there and here in the county will live long in the memory. What they and the girls have done will inspire many youngsters across all Gaelic games in Antrim."

Down, who retained their senior championship status with a relegation play-off win over Westmeath, are also hunting for a new manager after Derek Dunne ended his time with the squad.

"The camogie executive wish to thank Derek and his backroom for all the time and commitment given to the senior and junior teams," the Mourne County said.

"Down Camogie under the leadership of Derek enjoyed success in last year's All Ireland Intermediate Final and winning the Division 2 league this year ensuring that the senior county team is playing at the highest level in both championship and league."