McGeehin returns to Limerick football set-up

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK senior football manager Maurice Horan, has added the Director of Coaching Ireland, Michael McGeehan to his back room team.

LIMERICK senior football manager Maurice Horan, has added the Director of Coaching Ireland, Michael McGeehan to his back room team.

McGeehan has agreed to join the Limerick senior football management team in a coaching capacity, for what will be his second spell with the Shannonsiders.

The Donegal native replaces coach Brian Lacey, who stepped down last month.

Kildare’s 1998 All-Star corner back departed Limerick after just one year.

This time last season Lacey joined the Limerick back room team when Nemo Rangers man Eiphe Fitzgerald left to take over as manager of the Cork minor footballers.

Now it appears that Lacey is to form part of the in-coming Kildare minor football management.

It is understood that Lacey cited work and travel commitments as the reason for his departure from Limerick

That left Maurice Horan facing into a third winter searching for another coach.

This Tuesday, Horan confirmed that highly respected coach McGeehin will fill the void and join the Limerick back room team.

McGeehan was previously involved with Limerick in 2008 when Mickey Ned O’Sullivan was manager.

He only remained for one season and was replaced by Donie Buckley, when work commitments forced him to withdraw.

McGeehan has previously been involved with the Donegal and Fermanagh senior teams.

Earlier this month he guided his native St Eunan’s GAA club to the Donegal SFC title.

He now joined a Limerick set-up that also includes selector Joe Lee and trainer Andrew O’Neill.

O’Neill is currently overseeing a schedule of core strength and conditioning work for the extended Limerick panel.

Alterations to the ‘closed season’ guidelines mean that Limerick can return to full training in the next week and a number of pitch sessions are planned before Christmas.

Limerick will open their 2013 season on January 13 with a quarter-final game in the McGrath Cup.

That game will be at a Limerick venue and the opposition will be provided by Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare or Limerick IT, who meet in the preliminary round.