St Thomas' winning management; Kenneth Larkin (selector), Claude Geoghegan (selector), Kevin Lally (manager) and TJ Ryan (coach). Pic: Alan Leonard
TJ Ryan claimed Galway hurling honours over the weekend – as coach to newly crowned county champions; St Thomas’.
The former Limerick hurling manager and captain was coach to the Galway SHC winners, who beat Liam Mellows in the county final last Sunday in Pearse Stadium.
Managed by Kevin Lally, the St Thomas’ team included David Burke and Conor Cooney, who both started the All-Ireland SHC final loss to Limerick.
It’s a second county title for TJ Ryan in a matter of weeks – he was manager to his native Garryspillane, who beat Bruff in the LIT Limerick Premier IHC final.
Ryan’s St Thomas’ now play Antrim and Ulster champions Cushendall in the All-Ireland club SHC semi final next February. With Na Piarsaigh exiting last weekend; the other All-Ireland semi final will see Waterford’s Ballygunner play Leinster champions; Ballyhale Shamrocks or Ballyboden St Endas, who meet on December 2.
TJ Ryan is in his first year with the Galway club side, who were crowned All-Ireland club champions back on March 17, 2013.