Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Rourke reaches club peak but Royal job not on

Simonstown Gaels manager Colm O'Rourke. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Simonstown Gaels manager Colm O'Rourke. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Is Colm O'Rourke the best manager Meath never had? Having finally steered Simonstown Gaels to their first county senior title, he has fulfilled a long-held ambition which looked as if it might well elude him.

That it was achieved with his son Shane as such a central figure makes it all the sweeter. Shane, who made such a huge impression as a 19-year-old in his debut season with Meath in 2007, has been crucified by injury over the years, effectively destroying his inter-county career.

It was a massive loss to Meath at a time when they could not afford to be without a player of his talents. As for Colm O'Rourke and the Meath job, it never quite worked out despite various manoeuvrings at various times.

That was a pity as it would have been fascinating to see how he fared at inter-county level, even if it wasn't exactly an era of plenty on Meath's production lines.

It's unlikely he will move into that particular hot seat at any stage since Meath are now setting out with a three-year regime under Andy McEntee, who will have brother, Gerry, Donal Curtis and Finian Murtagh alongside him.

In fairness, it's an impressive combination.

Irish Independent

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