Kieran Kingston has stepped down as Cork hurling manager.

Kingston returned for a second stint in charge of the Rebels in 2020 and guided them to an All-Ireland final last year, where they were beaten by Limerick.

His three-year term came to an end when Galway defeated Cork in last month's All-Ireland quarter-finals and he informed the county board he would not be seeking another term in charge.

Cork GAA chairman Marc Sheehan said: "Kieran’s commitment to his duties as Cork senior hurling manager knew no bounds and the time devoted in a voluntary capacity was immeasurable.

"He carried the role in a dignified manner at all times, fully understanding of the importance of his position.

"We wish him well in his future endeavours and have no doubt that he will continue to make a significant contribution to Cork Hurling long into the future."

Kingston guided Cork to last year's All-Ireland final, where they lost to Limerick

An All-Ireland winner with Cork as a player, Kingston was a selector under Jimmy Barry-Murphy when they reached the 2013 All-Ireland final. He took a coaching role the following year and helped Cork win their first Munster Championship in eight years.

Kingston was appointed manager for 2016 and 2017 and won another Munster title in his second season.

He stepped aside later that year but returned in 2020 and led Cork to an All-Ireland final in 2021. After a Munster exit at the hands of Limerick, Cork regrouped to beat Clare, Dublin and Kilkenny, only for Limerick to again prove too strong in the All-Ireland final.

Cork lost their first two matches in this year's Munster Championship but recovered to beat Waterford and Tipperary and clinch a place in the All-Ireland series.

Having beaten Antrim in the preliminary quarter-final, Cork were eliminated by Galway in the last eight after a wasteful display in Thurles.

Kevin O’Donovan, the chief executive of Cork GAA, said: "Looking across the past decade, one has to recognise the indelible mark that Kieran has left on our senior hurling team, overseeing what has been a difficult transition at times, with the introduction of a whole wave of young and exciting talent.

"Indeed, there is no doubt that, given the number of players who made their debuts under Kieran, he departs safe in the knowledge that he has left Cork hurling in a healthy state. We thank his family, particularly his wife Ellen, for their support also."