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 â€˜cappedâ€™ Limerick hurlers of all time, with 45 appearances, just three behind record holder Mark Foley.
â€œI met him over the weekend and he told me he was calling time on his inter-county career,â€ said Allen yesterday.
â€œI 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.
â€œCentre 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.
â€œHe didnâ€™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.â€
- For more on this story see the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader