No Limerick switch for departing Clare hurling coach Kinnerk

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Hurling coach Paul Kinnerk
DESPITE leaving his role as Clare senior hurling coach Paul Kinnerk won’t be linking up with TJ Ryan’s Limerick hurling management.

DESPITE leaving his role as Clare senior hurling coach Paul Kinnerk won’t be linking up with TJ Ryan’s Limerick hurling management.

This Wednesday it was confirmed that the much lauded Kinnerk was leaving Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare hurling management.

However, despite much speculation and some tentative enquires from Limerick officials, Kinnerk is taking a year out of inter-county coaching and therefore isn’t available to join up with any Limerick county team.

Just last weekend Monaleen club-man Kinnerk coached the Clare U-21 hurlers to a third successive All-Ireland U-21 championship.

Indeed with that group of players, Kinnerk has won eight major trophies (minor and U-21 level) under the joint-management of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor.

The former Limerick senior footballer was seen as a major part of Clare’s All-Ireland SHC success this time last year but departed Fitzgerald’s Banner back room team this week along with physical trainer, Joe O’Connor (Rathkeale native) and selector Mike Deegan (Cratloe).

Twenty-eight year old Kinnerk has continued to play club football with Monaleen as his coaching responsibilities increased in recent years.

In 2013 Kinnerk, a Shannon based secondary school teacher, actually combined playing senior football with Maurice Horan’s Limerick, while coaching the Clare senior and U-21 hurling teams.