Allen tribute for Limerick star Geary

Limerick hurling manager John Allen has paid a glowing tribute to Brian Geary, after the Monaleen man announced his retirement from inter-county hurling over the weekend.

Limerick hurling manager John Allen has paid a glowing tribute to Brian Geary, after the Monaleen man announced his retirement from inter-county hurling over the weekend.

Geary, who made his debut in 1999, is one of the most ‘capped’ Limerick hurlers of all time, with 45 appearances, just three behind record holder Mark Foley.

“I met him over the weekend and he told me he was calling time on his inter-county career,” said Allen yesterday.

“I would always have known Brian from a distance with my Cork hat on but last year I got to know what an honest, decent, hard-working individual he was and he was an absolute pleasure to work with.

“Centre back is a key position on any team and the fact that he played there for so long with Limerick shows how highly he was thought of by so many different managers.

“He didn’t take any prisoners as a player, he was a great reader of a game and he always tried to do the right thing with the ball. He always tried to bring others into the game. He was a really good player and every generation seems to have great players who never won an All Ireland medal. Brian would be one of them.”

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