Tom Ryan and Ciaran Carey to return to Limerick hurling positions

Ciaran Carey is set to be appointed the new Limerick U-21 hurling
TOM Ryan and Ciaran Carey are to return to inter-county hurling management with Limerick in 2014.

TOM Ryan and Ciaran Carey are to return to inter-county hurling management with Limerick in 2014.

Leadersport understands that the Limerick hurling heroes are to be proposed as managers of the county intermediate and U-21 teams.

Sixteen years after managing the county senior side, Ryan, who, guided Limerick to the All-Ireland SHC finals of 1994 and 1996, is to be proposed as Limerick’s new intermediate hurling manager. And, he is to be a selector in the new Limerick U-21 hurling management.

Ciaran Carey, meanwhile, is to manage the U-21 side, with Ryan acting as a link between both panels.

It is understood that the finishing touches were applied to both managements this week and a special County Board meeting could be called in the coming days to ratify both managements.

Tom Ryan is to be joined in the intermediate set-up by four selectors.

Departing County Bord na nOg chairman Tony Roche is among the four.

Also included is former inter-county star midfielder Jimmy Carroll and another former inter-county pair; Don Flynn and Pat Howard.

Tom Ryan’s Limerick will have to travel to play Tipperary in the semi-final of the Munster IHC next June.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Carey is to return for a second spell as Limerick U-21 hurling manager. The Patrickswell man previously held the position in 2008.

He since served as Limerick senior hurling selector in 2011 and for part of 2012, before resigning due to clashes of opinion regarding the preparation of the team with manager John Allen.

Carey, who managed the Granagh-Ballingarry camogie side this season, is to be joined by four selectors.

Joining him will be another hero of the 1990s, Mark Foley. The All Star duo will be joined by another two selectors - both former Limerick hurling managers, Tom Ryan and Liam O’Donoghue.

The role of Ryan is seen as a link between the intermediate and U-21 panels.

The Limerick U-21s will play All-Ireland champions Clare in the Munster quarter-final in 2014. Limerick will have home advantage for the eagerly awaited tie. If they advance, Limerick would be at home to Tipperary in the semi-final.

Both managements have been put in place by a five man committee, led by Limerick vice-chairman Pat Heffernan. The Blackrock man was joined by Paul Foley (Patrickswell), Gerdie McGrath (Doon), Mike Cunningham (Killeedy) and Paddy Kelly (Kilmallock).