NEWLY appointed Limerick senior hurling coach Paul Kinnerk is to continue his roles with both the Underage Hurling and Football Academies.
The St Caimins Secondary School teacher also still lines out with his club Monaleen and will be part of their plans for the Limerick SFC semi final against St Patricks on October 2.
Kinnerk has already 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.
Kinnerk joins up with John Kiely’s Limerick senior hurling se-up after seven years involved with varying inter-county hurling sides in Clare. He was coach to Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare All Ireland SHC winning side of 2013 - the Shannon based teacher came to prominence with the Clare minors, who won provincial titles in 2010 and 2011 and then 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.
In October 2014 Kinnerk was unveiled as Limerick’s new football coaching co-ordinator.
“My understanding is that he is to continue. In the middle of last year he returned to the Clare seniors and still continued to work in our academy. His heart and soul is in the Football Academy,” said Limerick Football Chairman John Cregan this Wednesday.
Cregan and former Limerick football captain Muiris Gavin are two of the driving forces in the Underage Football implementation group. They are joined by Colette O’Grady, Gerry Philips and Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan.
“Paul is very hands on with the Football Academy. We are very fortunate to have someone of his calibre. He draws up the programme for each Saturday morning and is also involved in coaching the coaches,” outlined Cregan of the work with the varying inter-county teams from U-14 to U-17.
In October 2015, Kinnerk joined Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy as a consultant. Earlier this month he played a role in the background on All Ireland final day with the Limerick minor hurlers.
This Wednesday Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan confirmed that Kinnerk’s role with the underage hurling set-up would remain unchanged by his new senior hurling position.