Hegarty gets Adare role in Limerick SHC

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Ger Hegarty
FORMER Limerick minor hurling manager Ger Hegarty is to guide Adare in this season’s Limerick SHC.

FORMER Limerick minor hurling manager Ger Hegarty is to guide Adare in this season’s Limerick SHC.

The former Limerick star replaces the Shane Fitzgibbon-Ger Cunningham partnership.

Knockainey native Cunningham is currently coach to the Laois senior hurlers.

Hegarty was previously involved at club level with Murroe-Boher.

Croom, meanwhile have parted company with former Antrim manager Dinny Cahill. The Tipperary native took over from Mike Galligan at the start of the season and was involved in a number of pre-season challenge games but has now departed.

In total, all bar three of the Limerick SHC clubs have changed their management teams for 2015.

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

Champions Kilmallock are one of the three teams to remain unchanged with Ger O’Loughlin at the helm for a second year.

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

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

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

Ahane have former Limerick selector Eamonn Meskell as manager. Patrickswell appointed Ciaran Carey as manager and 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 have Clare men involved, as have newly promoted Bruff. They replaced Gary Kirby with Fergie O’Loughlin - a brother of Kilmallock manager, Ger.

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

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

South Liberties and Ballybrown looked to Tipperary. After six seasons Sean Hehir departed South Liberties and was replaced by Kildangan’s Seamus Gleeson.

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