Martin Kiely: Gary Kirby should be lauded for UL win

Martin Kiely: Gary Kirby should be lauded for is UL win

Gary Kirby - UL's Fitzgibbon Cup winning coach

In his own quiet way former Limerick hurler Gary Kirby continues to deliver. As manager of the UL team that won the Fitzgibbon Cup last weekend Kirby did a really good job in blending the team together. Yes UL have a fine crop of players but the Patrickswell man showed great skill in solidifying them into a superb unit. He did this with little drama. He won the respect of the players and that is not easy to do at colleges level. Gary Kirby has given great service to UL and it was nice to see a Limerick man leading this renowned University. He was joined by Declan Fitzgerald as team trainer and as a unit they have done really well. The people looking after GAA at UL didn’t waste anytime in picking Brian Ryan. He was the former minor manager who was badly treated. He has won the league with the Intermediate team and they have reached the semi final of the championship. It was also great to see so many Limerick players involved. That will benefit them in their development as players at county level. Limerick colleges have dominated the Fitzgibbon Cup over the past three years and that mirrors the rise of many young Limerick players.

Senior Footballers

Limerick senior footballers went down to Leitrim last Sunday. It shines a light on the poor level Limerick football has fallen to. It confirms what I was saying a number of years ago and how no efforts were made when the team was going well. It was a singular approach and no other teams or players of the future were considered. The Limerick Football Board sat back, they even challenged me and let it be known I was well off the mark. The facts show otherwise now. Limerick football is in crisis and no one seems to care. If Division 5 was in place we would make our way to it now. They didn’t play in the McGrath Cup. Why was that? Is such a competition beneath us now? Someone needs to take some actions before it falls to a level that will never be recovered.

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