DONAL O’Grady has been confirmed as the Limerick senior hurling captain for 2013.
Just days after club delegates at the January County Board meeting voted to give John Allen and his management the right to select their own, they picked the Granagh-Ballingarry man to lead Limerick into the league and championship.
In previous years the honour of nominated the county captain fell to the respective county champions.
O’Grady and Niall Moran are the only two remaining members of the three-in-a-row winning All-Ireland U-21 hurling sides.
O’Grady made his Limerick senior hurling championship debut against Cork in 2004 and has since played over 30 championship games for Limerick.
A midfielder of note in recent years, O’Grady was used at centre back last season by John Allen.
The Limerick management have also selected Kilmallock’s Paudie O’Brien as vice-captain for the season ahead.
Limerick don’t open their league campaign until February 24 when they play Antrim in the Gaelic Grounds.
Operating out of Division 1B, Limerick will also face league opponents against Dublin, Wexford, Offaly and Carlow.
The Limerick footballer, previously, selected Dromcollogher-Broadford’s Seanie Buckley as captain with Ian Ryan (St Senans) as vice-captain.
Incidentally, both were injured as Limerick opened their league on Sunday against Leitrim and Padraig Browne assumed the captaincy role.