Munster Final Countdown: Beary eyes another title

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Limerick coach Paul Beary
LIMERICK hurling coach Paul Beary chases his second Munster title in eight months this Sunday.

LIMERICK hurling coach Paul Beary chases his second Munster title in eight months this Sunday.

Last November Beary coached his native Na Piarsaigh to a second Munster club crown in three years.

The Caherdavin men had to travel to Ennis to beat Clare champions Sixmilebridge in that decider.

On Sunday, Beary again bids to win silverware and this time must again travel to the ‘backyard’ of opponents, Cork.

Since the April shock departure of Donal O’Grady, Beary has led the coaching in TJ Ryan’s management team.

He is hoping that the experience of that Na Piarsaigh campaign will stand to him.

“I learned a lot lessons from the All Ireland club semi-final defeat to Portumna earlier this year in terms of that you always have to have two or more game plans at the ready and especially if things are going wrong, whether you have the wind or don’t have the wind, conditions and things like that. You have to be quite fluid,” explained Beary.

“It was very difficult,” he said of Na Piarsaigh’s failure to reach the March 17 All Ireland final.

“Personally I found it very difficult because I knew at that stage I was a selector with Limerick and knew that was it for me in the club dressing room. At the time Donal O’Grady and TJ offered me to take a few weeks off but I just wanted to get straight back into it and turned up to training the following Tuesday night and that helped me and distracted me and I just had to get one with it,” outlined Beary who coaches the TJ Ryan managed Limerick. Selectors Mark Lyons and Davy Clarke complete the management team to do battle with the Jimmy Barry Murphy led Cork on Sunday.

After working with Limerick attackers Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes for the past three years at club level, Beary is happy to see them into starting roles for Limerick this season.

“Last year looking in as a Limerick fan myself it was hard to fathom they were quite resolute to lay down a marker this year,” he said.

“I could see myself that there is a great rapport and connectivity between the two on the pitch and we saw that with the cross field ball Shane played to Kevin for a point in the second half and there was the goal as well (against Tipperary),” outlined Beary of Limerick’s two attacking threats.