Limerick senior hurling clubs confirm management teams

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Former Antrim manager Dinny Cahill has taken over in Croom for 2015
ALL bar three of the Limerick SHC clubs have changed their management teams for 2015.

ALL bar three of the Limerick SHC clubs have changed their management teams for 2015.

And the trend to seek outsiders to manage or coach teams continues with just Ahane relying 100% on club talent to guide their fortunes.

Adare are the last of the 12 senior clubs to confirm their set-up for the season ahead.

Of course Kilmallock are still in action and preparing for their All-Ireland club semi-final, which was this week confirmed for Saturday February 7 at 2.00 in Thurles against Down’s Portaferry.

The Balbec are one of the three teams to remain unchanged with Ger O’Loughlin expected to remain at the helm for their title defence.

2013 champions Na Piarsaigh also remain unchanged with Shane O’Neill as manager and former Clare and Offaly coach Alan Cunningham as coach.

Murroe-Boher also resist change with Dromin-Athlacca’s Darren Moynihan still in charge.

Murroe-Boher, Ahane and Patrickswell are the only three sides with Limerick based managements.

Ahane will have former Limerick selector Eamonn Meskell as manager and he will have recent county minor hurling winning manager Davy Givens as a selector.

Patrickswell have appointed Ciaran Carey as manager and he brings former inter-county colleague Mark Foley as team coach.

All others have looked outside the county bounds.

Clare have provided the last eight county championship winning coaches.

Kilmallock and Na Piarsaigh will have Clare men involved, as will newly promoted Bruff.

They replace Gary Kirby with Fergie O’Loughlin - a brother of Kilmallock manager, Ger. The south Limerick clubs aren’t in the same group, however.

After reaching back-to-back semi-finals, Doon have opted to change. Waterford’s Sean Prendergast is the new manager with Barry Fitzpatrick as strength and conditioning coach.

Effin have local club-man Richard O’Neill as manager but Mallow’s Fergus Ryan as coach. A Cork inter-county underage coach Ryan replaces Ross Corbett, who is now with the Limerick U-21s.

Croom, South Liberties and Ballybrown have looked to Tipperary. After six seasons Sean Hehir departs South Liberties and is replaced by Kildangan’s Seamus Gleeson. Newly promoted Croom have Tipperary’s former Antrim manager Dinny Cahill as coach. He replaces Mike Galligan.

Ballybrown have former Tipperary and Toomevara hurler Eoin Brislane at the helm.

Elsewhere, former Limerick SHC winning manager Sean Stack has taken over in Clonlara.

And, former Limerick and Ahane star Clem Smith has replaced Blackrock’s Jimmy Quilty with Cork’s new senior club, Ballyhea.

Ahead of the new club season, former champions Na Piarsaigh have been installed as the 5/6 favourites to regain the Daly Cup.

Not far behind are Kilmallock at 15/8. The two sides have shared the last five championships.

Adare are the only other current senior club to win the championship the last 10-years.

They are listed at 15/2 with Doon just shorter at 6/1. The remaining list is Patrickswell 14/1, Ahane 16/1, Murroe-Boher 25/1, Ballybrown 28/1, Bruff 33/1, South Liberties 40/1, Croom 50/1, Effin 66/1.