O’Grady and Ryan confirmed as Limerick’s joint-managers

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Donal O'Grady and TJ Ryan pictured during a 2011 National League game in the Gaelic Grounds
DONAL O’Grady and TJ Ryan have been ratified as Limerick’s new senior hurling management.

DONAL O’Grady and TJ Ryan have been ratified as Limerick’s new senior hurling management.

The pair will be joint-managers.

Limerick GAA officiers have handed a two year term to the county’s new management.

The returning duo will be joined by selectors Paul Beary (Na Piarsaigh) and Mark Lyons (Kilmallock). Lyons will also continue as the team’s strength and conditioning coach - a position he also filled last season.

The new management was rubber-stamped this Thursday night at a special County Board meeting in Claughaun.

The appointment was ratified in lightening quick time with not a single question asked by the club delegates when the management team was proposed.

The proposal for the joint-management of O’Grady and Ryan came from the five man selection committee - Mike O’Riordan, Donal Morrissey, Damien Quigley, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Jim Woulfe.

The confirmation of the new management team comes over nine weeks after John Allen brought an end to his two year stay on Shannonside.

The appointment sees a return to Limerick for Donal O’Grady, who served as manager in 2011.

On that occasion, TJ Ryan was a selector, alongside Ciaran Carey and Pat Heffernan.

On departing Limerick, O’Grady returned to his position as a GAA pundit.

Ryan, meanwhile furthered his coaching CV with a role with north Cork side Kilworth and was Limerick U-21 manager in 2013.

The management pair will be joined by selectors Beary and Lyons.

Paul Beary has been a member of Sean Stack’s backroom team in Na Piarsaigh, which has seen them win two of the last three Limerick SHC titles.

Kilmallock’s Mark Lyons was strength and conditioning coach last season. He is to remain in that role, while is also elevated to being a selector.

This Thursday’s meeting was also told that a third selector may be added at a later stage.

Also confirmed is the continuing presence of Adare’s Joe Hannon as Liasion Officer.