Your Thursday Limerick sports update

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Shaun Kelly, who was Limerick FC's goalscoring hero from the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoff against Finn Harps
Limerickmen in demand, Limerick FC close to safety and all the Limerick GAA fixtures for the weekend are the top stories in Thursday’s Limerick sports date.

Limerickmen in demand, Limerick FC close to safety and all the Limerick GAA fixtures for the weekend are the top stories in Thursday’s Limerick sports date.

GAA - Limerick GAA men on the move

Ciaran Carey was this week night rubber-stamped as Kerry senior hurling manager as the Limerick GAA exodus continues. The Patrickswell man will now be one of an ever increasing list of former Limerick inter-county management members to ply their trade elsewhere in 2016. It is also understood that Mark Foley is in line to join Carey in Kerry. Knockainey man Ger Cunningham has linked up with Laois for another year while former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid will be over the Kildare senior hurling team in 2016. He brings with him Adrian O’Sullivan (St Kierans) and Willie Banks (Old Christians) as part of his backroom team that also includes former Munster rugby player Niall Ronan.

Soccer - O’Conor looking forward to trip up north

Limerick FC midfielder Paul O’Conor says players are ‘really eager to finish the job’ in Ballybofey so they can experience more ‘special’ nights at the Markets Field in the top flight next season. Martin Russell’s Limerick FC side take a 1-0 lead to Finn Park in the second leg of their Premier Division relegation play-off clash with Finn Harps this Friday night, 7.45pm. “It really felt like Limerick football was really alive and well (on Monday night) so we want to make sure we finish the job this week and hopefully there’ll be a few more next season.” For the full interview click here.

GAA - Limerick GAA weekend fixtures

There is still plenty to play for as the Limerick GAA season comes to a close. Click here for a full rundown of all the fixtures.

FURTHER AFIELD.....

GAA - Cats dominate 2015 Hurling All Stars

Brian Cody’s Kilkenny were the big winners as the 2015 Hurling All Stars were announced. The All Ireland Champions have seven of the 15 players that have been included. Joey Holden and Ger Aylward win their first awards and they are joined by fellow teammates Paul Murphy, Michael Fennelly, Cillian Buckley, TJ Reid and Richie Hogan. The team in full is as follows: Colm Callanan (Galway), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Joey Holden (Kilkenny), Noel Connors (Waterford), Daithi Burke (Galway), Tadhg de Burca (Waterford), Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny), David Burke (Galway), Cathal Mannion (Galway), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Ger Aylward (Kilkenny), Seamus Callinan (Tipperary), Maurice Shanahan (Waterford).

SPORT ON TV TODAY

9.30am: Tennis - ATP BNP Paribas Masters, Sky Sports 1

6pm: Soccer - Europa League, Rubin Kazan v Liverpool, BT Sport Europe & Setanta Ireland

6pm: Soccer - Europa League, Molde v Celtic, BT Sport 1 & Setanta Sports 1

6.30pm: Golf - Sanderson Farms Championship, Sky Sports 4

8pm: Soccer - Europa League, Tottenham v Anderlecht, BT Sport Europe & Setanta Ireland