Monday 10 December 2018

Kiely leans on U-21 heroes as he picks 36 for summer panel

With a round-robin series in play in Munster, Limerick face a hectic schedule this summer and Kiely has cast the net wide as he looks to add depth to his squad – a total of 31 players have seen action so far this year. Photo: Sportsfile
With a round-robin series in play in Munster, Limerick face a hectic schedule this summer and Kiely has cast the net wide as he looks to add depth to his squad – a total of 31 players have seen action so far this year. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Limerick have confirmed their championship panel ahead of the start of their Munster SHC campaign next month.

The county scene goes into shut-down for the next few weeks as Croke Park attempts to create more room for club games in the calendar.

However, John Kiely has moved to announce his panel for the championship and has released seven of the 43-strong squad that was published ahead of their league campaign.

In total, Kiely and Limerick will carry 36 players into their championship campaign, where they'll be hoping to claim the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1973.

With a round-robin series in play in Munster, Limerick face a hectic schedule this summer and Kiely (below) has cast the net wide as he looks to add depth to his squad - a total of 31 players have seen action so far this year.

Four of those who are no longer part of the panel - Ronan Lynch, Alan Dempsey, Tommy Grimes and Conor Boylan - hail from the Na Piarsaigh club.

After the city club's run to an All-Ireland final replay, which didn't conclude until late last month, none of their players featured in a promising league campaign for the Treaty men who bowed out at the semi-final stage after an epic clash with Tipperary.

However, Na Piarsaigh still have the largest single representation on the panel with six.

Daragh Fanning, Mikey Mackey and Cian Hedderman are the other players to be omitted.

In all, 14 of the squad that won an U-21 All-Ireland last year are included with 10 of the panel yet to taste senior championship action.

Limerick's Munster SHC campaign starts with the visit of Tipperary to the Gaelic Grounds on May 20.

Limerick SHC Panel

Shane Dowling, David Dempsey, Mike Casey, Peter Casey, William O'Donoghue and Kevin Downes (all Na Piarsaigh); Barry Hennessy, Graeme Mulcahy, Paddy O'Loughlin and Oisin O'Reilly (all Kilmallock); Richie English, Pat Ryan, Darragh O'Donovan and Barry Murphy (all Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes, Cian Lynch and Aaron Gillane (all Patrickswell); Dan Morrissey and Tom Morrissey (both Ahane); Paul Browne and Sean Finn (both Bruff); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and Lorcan Lyons (both Monaleen); Kyle Hayes and Barry O'Connell (both Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Declan Hannon (Adare), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Nickie Quaid (Effin), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick's), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), William O'Meara (Askeaton).

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