LIMERICK’S back-to-back winning Munster minor hurling manager Brian Ryan was a surprise nomination for Limerick’s vacant County Board role.
At this week’s March County Board meeting the deadline closed for nominations for Coaching Officer - vacated last month by Tony Roche, due to ill-health.
Brian Ryan was nominated by his own club South Liberties and by Na Piarsaigh and Patrickswell.
However, this Wednesday, Ryan confirmed that he would not be allowing his name go forward for the position.
Also nominated by their clubs were Mike Cunningham (Killeedy) and Kevin O’Connell (Ballybrown).
O’Connell has also withdrawn, meaning Mike Cunningham will be rubber-stamped unopposed at the next monthly meeting on April 14.
The Killeedy man is currently the chairman of Club Limerick - the fund-raising wing of the County Board.
The west Limerick man has been his club’s delegate to County Board meetings in recent years.
His elevation brings the number of west based officials at the top table to five - Seamus McNamara (Fr Caseys), John Cregan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Frank Reidy (Feohanagh-Castrlemahon) and Liam Lenihan (Tournafulla) and Cunningham.
The east and city both have four - Donal Morrissey (Ahane), Micheal O’Riain (Pallasgreen), Denis Holmes (Oola) and Denis Carroll (South Liberties); city - Oliver Mann (Patrickswell), Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun), Eamonn Phelan (St Patricks) and Gerry McNamara (Mungret). The south division have just two - Mike O’Riordan (Kilmallock) and Geraldine Neenan (Dromin-Athlacca).