Former Limerick manager appointed Adare hurling boss

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

FORMER Limerick senior hurling manager Dave Keane has been appointed as Adare senior hurling manager.

FORMER Limerick senior hurling manager Dave Keane has been appointed as Adare senior hurling manager.

The former Limerick senior hurling manager replaces Ger O’Loughlin.

Keane was involved when Adare won the 2001 and 2002 Limerick SHC titles.

Also during this period he guided Limerick to a hat-trick of All-Ireland U-21 hurling crowns.

In 2003 he managed the Limerick senior hurlers for one season. Since then he was involved with Blackrock in Cork in 2006.

O’Loughlin guided Adare to a hat-trick of titles in 2007-2009 before taking charge of the Clare senior side.

He returned to Adare last year and guided their youthful side to a county final appearance.

O’Loughlin has moved on and it appears he could be set for a role with north Cork side Newtownshandrum.

Elsewhere in the Limerick SFC for 2013, the reigning Limerick SHC winners have secured the services of former Clare manager Tony Considine for a fourth successive year.

Considine has led The Balbec to Limerick crowns in 2010 and 2012.

While the four year stay of Considine in Kilmallock is noteworthy, he won’t be the longest serving coach in Limerick as another two Clare men are preparing for their fifth successive seasons with their respective clubs - Sean Stack continues with 2011 champions Na Piarsaigh, while his former Clare half back colleague Sean Hehir remains with South Liberties.

Bruree are another side to keep status quo with former Waterford selector Pat Bennett guiding their fortunes, along with physical trainer Eddie Jackman.

The fifth club to remain with their 2012 management is Murroe-Boher, who have Ger Hegarty at the helm.

Elsewhere, the remaining 10 clubs have made changes.

Five clubs are still in the progress of confirming their backroom line-ups, including Adare.

Intermediate champions Ballybrown are among those yet to finalise their plans.

Last year they had Clem Smith and Dave Mahedy working alongside manager Christy Keyes.

Croom continue with Mattie Daly as manager but require a new coach as former Galway All-Star full back Sean Treacy has departed.

Effin continue with Ger Power as manager but now have Cork’s 1986 All-Ireland winner Johnny O’Callaghan as coach. The Ballyhea man replaces Peter Finn, who will have a role with Dromin-Athlacca for the year ahead as well as the Limerick U-21s.

Ahane now have Phelim Macken as manager, with John Meskell now working abroad. They have also disposed of the services of coach Liam Doyle.

Patrickswell have clubman Natal O’Grady at the helm with former Tipperary All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy filling an “advisory role”.

Doon are another side to undergo change.

Gerdie McGrath takes control with Dinny Ryan of Newport as coach.

Garryspillane will have Cashel man Kevin O’Sullivan coaching their side for 2013.

The two remaining clubs are Knockainey and Hospital-Herbertstown.

Knockainey are searching for a new coach following the departure of Val Murnane.

There will also be a change in Hospital-Herbertstown.

Their club AGM voted to amalgamate the managements of their hurlers and footballers and confirmation is expected shortly.