LIMERICK’S new senior hurling management is to be ratified at this Tuesday night’s County Board meeting.
John Kiely and his backroom team are to be proposed for a three-year term and will become the ninth inter-county management in the last 17 years following on from TJ Ryan, John Allen, Donal O’Grady, Justin McCarthy, Richie Bennis, Joe McKenna, Padjoe Whelehan and Dave Keane.
Kiely is to have two of Clare’s 2013 All Ireland SHC winning management – coach Paul Kinnerk and strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor.
Also involved is selector Jimmy Quilty, who worked with Kiely for the last two years at U-21 level.
One more selector is to be confirmed at a later date.
MANAGER – JOHN KIELY
The Galbally native was a member of Tom Ryan’s Limerick senior hurling panel for the 1994 and 1996 All Ireland SHC finals but he never played senior championship hurling. In 1998 he won an All Ireland IHC title with Limerick as a corner back.
With his football club Galbally he won Limerick SFC titles in 1994 and 1997 and then captained the Limerick footballers in 1998. On the club hurling scene, he played with Garryspillane and was corner-back when they won the 2005 Limerick SHC title. TJ Ryan was his team-mate.
Principal in Tipperary Town’s Abbey CBS, Kiely was Limerick intermediate hurling manager in 2010 and 2011 – losing the 2011 final to Clare.
In 2011 he was selector/coach when Limerick won the Munster U-21 hurling championship under manager Leo O’Connor.
In 2012 and 2013 he served as a selector under John Allen – winning the 2013 Munster SHC title.
In 2014 he was among the favourites to replace Allen, but ruled himself out as he was just appointed school principal.
He then managed the Limerick U-21 hurlers in 2015 and 2016 – winning the 2015 All Ireland title.
HURLING COACH – PAUL KINNERK
The Monaleen club man was coach to Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare All Ireland SHC winning side of 2013. The Shannon-based secondary school teacher came to prominence with the Clare minors, who won provincial titles in 2010 and 2011. Along with joint manager Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, Kinnerk was then coach to Clare three-in-a-row of All Ireland U-21 winning teams of 2012-14.
While he departed the Clare senior set-up in 2015, he returned for 2016, when sharing coaching duties with Donal Og Cusack.
Kinnerk, who played senior football with Limerick and remains part of the Monaleen senior football panel, joined Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy as a consultant in October of last year. Earlier this month he offered assistance to the Limerick minor hurlers in their All Ireland MHC bid in Croke Park.
On the field of play the former Ardscoil Ris student has won two Limerick SFC titles with Monaleen. He made his Limerick senior football debut in 2011 and was part of the panel until 2013 – winning a Division 4 league medal in Croke Park in 2013 under manager Maurice Horan.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH – JOE O’CONNOR
The Rathkeale native operates as a fitness consultant at his own Nisus Fitness & getsmallwins.com
He was strength and conditioning coach to Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare All Ireland winning side in 2013, when he worked alongside Paul Kinnerk.
Prior to that O’Connor had worked with the Waterford senior hurlers and Kerry senior footballers.
O’Connor was involved with TJ Ryan’s Limerick backroom team last season.
He played hurling and football with St Mary’s-Sean Finns at underage level but was always an accomplished athlete. He has raced every distance from 400m to marathon and also has competed in many triathlons. He has also appeared on RTE as the Fitness and Performance Expert on Ireland’s Fittest Family.
SELECTOR – JIMMY QUILTY
The Ardpatrick native was part of the backroom team in 2009 when his native Blackrock won the Limerick, Munster and All Ireland club JAHC titles. In 2012 he led Cork’s Killdorrery to the Cork and Munster JAHC titles.
In 2014 he won the Cork Premier IHC with Ballyhea.
Although he led the north Cork side back to the senior ranks he departed when John Kiely invited him into his new Limerick U-21 set-up in 2015 and they progressed to win All Ireland honours when Quilty was coach/selector.