By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Top Irish domestic rider Brian Kenneally from Piltown, Co. Waterford has swapped club allegiance from the Carrick Wheelers Road Club, of which he was a long-standing member, to the Cycleways team. Along with along with Eugene Moriarty, David O'Loughlin and David McCann, Kenneally was one of the Irish team that helped secure Ireland two places in the 2004 Athens Olympic road race when McCann took the bronze in the 2003 'B' World Championships.
When I caught up with him in Dungarvan on Tuesday, Kenneally said, "I have been with Carrick a long time and I felt that a change of scenery would be appropriate.
"I attained the dizzy heights with the club, but as they say 'the grass is often greener on the other side.' Naturally when [other] clubs realised that I was getting itchy feet, they came a-calling. There was talk that I was relocating with the Murphy & Gun-Newlyn team which will have its official launch at the end of the month. It will be some set up with the former professional Morgan Fox as the team leader."
Despite the attraction a team headed by a rider who had ridden the Herald-Sun Tour in Australia last year, Kenneally chose to go with Cycleways.
"Quite literally I had a conversation with Philip Cassidy of Cycleways and as far as I am concerned it is a done and dusted deal. I have opted to join up on the strength of Cass being a good operator. No better individual, he knows the game inside out, so I am happy with my lot.
"My season will begin in early March and hopefully, I'll recapture the form that guaranteed Ireland a place at the Olympic Games in Greece," said Kenneally.