Changes aplenty in Limerick club hurling managements

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Former Clare manager Ger O'Loughlin replaces another former Banner boss Tony Considine in Kilmallock
THERE have been big changes in the club hurling management scene in Limerick ahead of the competitive start to 2014.

THERE have been big changes in the club hurling management scene in Limerick ahead of the competitive start to 2014.

All 12 senior hurling clubs have seen, at least subtle, changes to their backroom teams as they set in search of honours next October.

Indeed current Limerick SHC winners Na Piarsaigh are the only side to finalise their management after the departure of Sean Stack in the aftermath of their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Portumna.

Along with the Caherdavin men, fellow annual contenders Kilmallock and Adare have also seen manager departures.

The departure of Stack and Tony Considine from Kilmallock, mean that South Liberties’ Sean Hehir is now the longest serving senior manager in Limerick. The Clare man enters his sixth season with Liberties. He has added current Limerick minor manager Brian Ryan to his backroom team.

Former Limerick minor manager Shane Fitzgibbon has assumed control in his native Adare, where former Limerick minor coach Ger Cunningham is joining him.

Former Adare manager Ger O’Loughlin has replaced Considine in Kilmallock.

Former Kilmallock player Maurice Nelligan will be involved with Knockainey, who are managed by Pat Ryan.

Another with a new set-up are Murroe-Boher, who have Dromin-Athlacca man Darren Moynihan doing their coaching.

Likewise Effin have a new management with Pat Dillon as manager and Ross Corbett as coach.

Another recent intermediate winner, Ballybrown have also changed.

Shane Adams is now manager with Paddy Williams of Kilruane-McDonaghs of Tipperary as coach.

Most other only have subtle differences from 2013.

Doon continue with Gerdie McGrath and Dinny Ryan, while in Patrickswell Natal O’Grady is still the manager.

In Granagh-Ballingarry manager Seamus Stapleton has added former Bruree winning manager John Tuohy as coach.

In Ahane David Cuddy remains at the helm, with Clem Smith added for 2014.

While the past seven seasons have seen Claremen manage the county champions - just Kilmallock and South Liberties have looked across the Shannon.

Na Piarsaigh: TBC

Kilmallock: Ger O’Loughlin

Adare: Shane Fitzgibbon & Ger Cunningham

Doon: Gerdie McGrath & Dinny Ryan

Murroe-Boher: Darren Moynihan

Patrickswell: Natal O’Grady

Ahane: David Cuddy & Clem Smith

Ballybrown: Shane Adams & Paddy Williams

South Liberties: Sean Hehir & Brian Ryan

Effin: Pat Dillon & Ross Corbett

Granagh-Ballingarry: Seamus Stapleton & John Tuohy

Knockainey: Pat Ryan & Maurice Nelligan