Cregan ready to stay on as Limerick leader
Published 22/07/1999 | 00:11
EAMON CREGAN looks to be on the verge of giving another year to the Limerick senior hurling management job, despite the disappointment of losing to Waterford in this year's Guinness Munster championship.
Cregan met with officers of Limerick county board this week and they will meet again before reaching a final decision.
The indications are that Cregan is interested in having another shot at reviving the ailing fortunes of Limerick, who have slipped since reaching the 1996 All-Ireland final.
Limerick's supply line is not working as fluidly as it should be, but Cregan introduced some newcomers to championship hurling this season.
A late rally saw them run Waterford all the way, but they couldn't have any major quibbles with the result. Waterford subsequently lost to an emerging Cork side, now the Munster champions.
Meanwhile, Antrim's Ronan Donnelly believes that his side can exploit Offaly's defensive frailties, already exposed by Kilkenny in the Leinster final.
``Kevin Kinahan was never the quickest anyway and Martin Hanamy is also getting on,'' said Donnelly ahead of Sunday's SHC quarter-final at Croke Park.
``I don't think they have the pace, so that's an area we will be hoping to exploit.''
Galway footballer Michael Donnellan may be out of competitive football here in Ireland for the summer but he is set to prove a major attraction on the other side of the Atlantic.
Following Sunday's defeat at the hands of Mayo in the Connacht final, Donnellan travelled to Chicago where he will assist North American Board champions St Brendan's.
His new colleagues took a heavy beating from Wolfe Tones, the 1997 champions, in Gaelic Park in Chicago on Sunday last and the SOS immediately went out for Donnellan after All-Ireland champions Galway were toppled.
And one of his team-mates will be Laois man Colm Parkinson, who controversially quit the Laois panel before their Leinster quarter-final victory over Westmeath.
Parkinson and Donnellan previously teamed up in the Irish squad for the International Rules Series against Australia last October.
``I didn't know Michael Donnellan was coming out, but he will be a big draw here,'' said North American Board PRO Eamon Kelly yesterday.
``We get between 700 and 800 people in Gaelic Park most Sundays, but if someone like Michael were playing in the final here, it would attract a lot of fans.''
There are just four teams in the North American Championship and already it looks like a straight battle between St Brendan's and Wolfe Tones.
Parnells and Padraig Pearses still have some games to play, but Padraig Pearses are already out of contention, and Parnells will be gone if they suffer one more loss.
``Games over the next few weeks will be meaningless because it looks like a Brendan's/Tone's final already.''
Rivalry between Wolfe Tones and St Brendan's is intense, and some more inter-county footballers could arrive out on weekend clearance to play.
Donnellan has gone out on what is known as a sanction, which means he will be ineligible to play in Ireland for 60 days when he returns. The North American final is scheduled for mid-August.
``The big player here at the moment is Rory Mone from Monaghan, who plays with Wolfe Tones. His brother Conor also plays - they both played for Monaghan,'' added Kelly.
ROSCOMMON (All-Ireland JFC semi-final v Waterford) D Hanley; I Daly, S Staunton, P Hoey; A Carbery, L Shiel, B Mannion; J Gillooly, B Bourke; S Casey, D Casserly, B O'Brien; J Hanly, M Kenna, T Lennon. Subs: D Martin, J Whyte, A McPadden, P Mahon, J Gilchrist, D Thompson, T Kelly, E Kenny, K Mannion.