O’Grady shocks Limerick by opting out

LIMERICK GAA are on the look out for a new hurling manager after Donal O’Grady sensationally announced last night that he wouldn’t be looking for a second term.

LIMERICK GAA are on the look out for a new hurling manager after Donal O’Grady sensationally announced last night that he wouldn’t be looking for a second term.

The Corkman informed Limerick County Board officials of his decision to step down last night. Although he had originally said he was only staying on for one year, it had been thought in recent weeks that he was set to stay on for another year at least.

However, a statement from Limerick GAA confirmed O’Grady’s decision to leave the post, which now means that the county will be looking for their third manager in four years.

“Donal O’Grady informed Limerick County Board chairman Liam Lenihan that, following the completion of his 12-month term, he would not be taking up the offer of another term as Limerick hurling manager,” the statement read.

“The members of the management committee of the Limerick County Board would like to thank Donal for the professional way he managed the panel since his appointment in September 2010.

“Progress has certainly been made during his term as manager. We would like to thank the panel, his selectors Gerry Wallace, Ciaran Carey Pat Heffernan, TJ Ryan and liaison officer Joe Hannon and all involved with the management team.”

After the turmoil of 2010, Limerick had a good year under O’Grady as they claimed the Allianz Hurling League Division 2 title and a place in the All Ireland quarter-finals. They were only beaten by Waterford in the Munster semi-final by a late goal before Qualifier wins over Wexford and Antrim saw them reach an All Ireland quarter, where they lost to Diublin.