Hurling debate postponed until Limerick exit championship

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann
THE expected debate on Limerick hurling’s latest saga was postponed until the end of the season at this week’s County Board meeting.

THE expected debate on Limerick hurling’s latest saga was postponed until the end of the season at this week’s County Board meeting.

While the ratification of new selector Davy Clarke was straight forward - there was no debate on Limerick hurling at the well attended meeting in Claughaun after Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann called on divisional and club delegates to “go forward as one”.

“The County Board issued a statement this day three weeks and the statement was very very accurate - it was 100% accurate, and I think that it wouldn’t serve us well to go back over the events that led to Donal O’Grady on April 20 resigning his position as co-manager and coach of the Limerick senior hurling team,” Mann told the County Board meeting.

“That episode is over and I would ask that we all go forward as one to May 31 and June 1 with the football and hurling respectively. I don’t think going back over the events of Donal O’Grady’s departure would serve Limerick, and that’s most important, well,” said the chairman.

“I am not trying to stifle people or anything but I am asking people to wait. If there are things you want to discuss maybe when Limerick have exited the championship then we can have a discussion on any items you care to have discussed but I think now I would ask you to focus on the last day of May and the first couple of days of June,” said the chairman.

There was no opposition to the wishes of the chairman.

Former hurling All Star Davy Clarke was unanimously ratified as the new senior hurling selector without a dissenting voice.

The former Kilmallock and Bruff defender was added to TJ Ryan’s backroom team in place of the departed Donal O’Grady

In the immediate aftermath of last month’s shock departure of O’Grady a Limerick GAA statement said that a coach would be appointed as a ‘priority’, but days later TJ Ryan told media that there would be no new coach with himself and selector Paul Beary doing the hurling coaching.

Clarke joined up with the Limerick camp this Monday night as they returned from a two week break for the club championship.

Limerick report no injuries with long term absentees Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey and David Breen playing on successive weekends for their respective clubs.

Others like Tom Condon and James Ryan also lined out in the club action despite picking up knocks in recent weeks.

The Monday night session was a behind closed doors game with the county U-21 side. This Thursday Limerick play Dublin in a challenge game and play Galway over the weekend.