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Beary fills Limerick coach role for Ryan

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan
Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan

LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan has asked selector Paul Beary to take on coaching role with him for the remainder of their season.

Ryan was initially the team's joint co-manager with Donal O'Grady, who departed last week after a dispute with the county board.

The Garyspillane man is now solely in charge and, though offered the opportunity to bring in a new coach, has decided not to go down that route. "We have only three weeks of training to go so basically myself and Paul Beary will be handling that (coaching)," Ryan said after Limerick lost a challenge match (3-20 to 3-17) to Cork in Charleville.

"Paul has coached Na Piarsaigh to two Limerick county championships and two Munsters, so he's well capable of handling this. He's going to head up the coaching for the next few weeks and that's the way it will stay.

"What has happened has been regrettable," Ryan said of Limerick's off-pitch turbulence.

"But it is what it is. I now have to do my best for Limerick hurling. The players have been brilliant all week, the response has been good."

Despite the controversy, Limerick gave a good account of themselves five weeks ahead of their Munster SHC opener with Tipp.

Graeme Mulcahy shot 2-2 from play and long-term injury victims Declan Hannon and Seamus Hickey came off the bench.

The Shannonsiders hit 18 wides (11 in the second half) and the game included two penalties scored by Cork's Anthony Nash with his trademark dead-ball finish.

Irish Independent

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