All change in club hurling set-ups

All change in club hurling set-ups

ITS all change for the senior hurling clubs of Limerick ahead of the 2016 season.

Remarkably just two of the 12 senior clubs will remain with last seasons managers – Na Piarsaigh and Knockainey. All others have opted for change.

Two All Ireland winning Tipperary SHC captains, a former Leinster SHC winner, and an All Ireland minor and U-21 hurling winner are some of the new faces to grace the 2016 Limerick SHC.

2014 champions Kilmallock were among the early movers with Ger O’Loughlin departing. Clubman James Connery assumes the manager role with Knockaderry native and former full-time Limerick GAA coach Ger Downes the new hurling coach.

Aside from Kilmallock and Na Piarsaigh, Adare were the last side to lift the Daly Cup. They have an entire club outfit for the new season. Paul Keane was a selector under Ger Hegarty last season but is now manager, with former inter-county men Donncha Sheehan, Timmy Houlihan and Stephen Lavin in his backroom team.

Patrickswell were beat finalists last October. With Ciaran Carey and Mark Foley moving into the Kerry job, The Well have returned to former manager Gary Kirby. He has Buttevant native and Castletroy College teacher Declan Fitzgerald as his coach. The former Limerick minor and U-21 coach is joined by 2015 All Ireland U-21 winning strength and conditioning coach Ross Corbett.

Ahane were 2011 beaten finalists. They have former Limerick and Dublin hurler Maurice O’Brien as their new manager-coach. A Leinster SHC winner in the blue of Dublin, the Garryspillane man has former inter-county team-mate Seanie O’Connor as a selector.

The five clubs already mentioned have contested the last eight Limerick SHC finals.

Bruree were 2006 winners. Steve McDonogh was manager of their promotion winning side last October but time restraints have seen him step down. Seamus O’Connell is now manager but Liam Reale remains as coach.

East Limerick trio Doon, South Liberties and Murroe-Boher have all looked across the Tipperary border.

Doon have 1991 All Ireland captain Declan Carr as manager, while Liberties have 2001 All Ireland winning captain Tommy Dunne as coach. Another ex-Tipp player John Leamy is Liberties manager.

Murroe-Boher have Newport’s Ger Bradley as manager. He won an All Ireland MHC in 1982 and followed up with an U-21 medal three years later.

Ballybrown have named Evan Loftus as team manager with former Mungret goalkeeper David Bulfin as coach.

Another recently promoted side Bruff have Kilfinane secondary school principal Mike O’Hara as manager with Francis Browne of Clooney-Quin as coach.

Knockainey were promoted just last October and like senior champions Na Piarsaigh their manager-coach Natal O’Grady (Patrickswell) remains.

ADARE - Manager: Paul Keane, Backroom team: Donncha Sheehan, Timmy Houlihan, Stephen Lavin, Seanie Brennan.

AHANE - Manager-Coach: Maurice O'Brien, Selectors: Davy Givens, Seanie O’Connor, Ger Mulcahy, Strength and Conditioning: Paudie Carey, Liaison Officer: Colm Barry.

BALLYBROWN - Manager: Evan Loftus, Coach: Dave Bulfin, Selector: Pat Gavin, Strength and Conditioning: Mike Lynch, Statistician: Robert Graham.

BRUFF - Manager: Mike O’Hara, Coach: Francis Browne.

BRUREE - Manager: Seamus O'Connell, Coach Liam Reale, Selector: Brendan Hogan.

DOON - Manager-Coach: Declan Carr, Selectors: Paddy Coleman, James O’Brien, Declan Ryan. 

KILMALLOCK - Manager: James Connery, Coach: Ger Downes, Strength and Conditioning: Selector: Adrian O’Brien, Selector: Mike Heelan.

KNOCKAINEY - Manager: Natal O’Grady, Selectors: TBC.

MURROE-BOHER - Manager: Ger Bradley, Selectors TBC.

NA PIARSAIGH - Manager: Shane O’Neill, Strength and Conditioning: Darragh Droog, Selectors: Kieran Bermingham, Alan Cunningham.

PATRICKSWELL - Manager: Gary Kirby, Coach: Declan Fitzgerald, Strength and Conditioning: Ross Corbett, Selector: John O'Brien.

SOUTH LIBERTIES - Manager: John Leamy, Coach: Tommy Dunne, Selectors : Sean Godfrey and Cathal O’Neill, Strength and Conditioning: Lukasz Kirszenstein; Player Liaison: Cronan Garry, Kitman: Brendan Flood, Physio: Damien Sherlock, Doctor: Mossie Rowsome.