The highly respected Gaelic football coach Donie Buckley is to return to work with Limerick.
The former Limerick and Kerry senior football coach is to take up a new role of Director of Underage Football akin to the appointment of Jerry Wallace for underage hurling.
“It is a most welcome development for underage football in the county,” said Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan, confirming the appointment at this week’s County Board meeting.
“Donie is a very skilled individual and hopefully his role can lead us to success.”
O’Riordan paid tribute to the roles of Limerick Football Committee assistant-treasurer John Galvin and Limerick Football Development Officer Gerry Philips for the roles they played in securing Buckley.
He is to oversee the preparation of all underage football teams from U-14 through to minor level.
Buckley, who is also a former Clare senior football manager, won’t have any direct involvement in team affairs but will oversee the coaching structures in place for all teams.
Buckley will take a number of sessions with the underage panels and will also ‘coach the coaches’.
The Castleisland native was part of the Limerick senior football management team under Mickey Ned O’Sullivan.
Now living in Ennis, Buckley is one of the most sought after coaches in the country.
The management teams for the underage football squads will be finalised in the coming weeks but the appointment of Buckley should certainly help encourage candidates to get involved with the teams.