Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Grady looks to make most of short stay at Limerick helm

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Donal O'Grady could spend just one season in charge of the Limerick hurlers after the county's management committee cleared his appointment last night.

O'Grady's name will go before a full County Board meeting tonight, but the delight at his appointment will be tempered by the fact that his term is just one year.

He will, however, have the option of continuing on for a second year but, given his record of short stints with clubs and Cork, where he spent just two years -- it's evident that he is not in it for the long haul.

The appointment of three past players -- Ciaran Carey, Pat Heffernan and TJ Ryan, is a clear indication that Limerick want to groom a successor under O'Grady's command. All three were members of the 1994 All-Ireland final team that lost to Offaly, with Carey and Ryan featuring again in 1996.


The appointment has been widely welcomed in Limerick after months of divisiveness over Justin McCarthy's tenure. It is anticipated that all players will re-commit.

Speaking to RTE Radio na Gaeltachta's 'Saol o Dheas' programme yesterday, O'Grady admitted that his stay will be a short one.

"Limerick are in Division 2 and that's the first challenge, to come out of that," he said. "The agreement we have is that I will have the job for a year and I hope then that Limerick people will take over. What they wanted was Limerick people to be directing the ship, but they wanted the experience brought in first to put structures in place that they could carry on themselves."

O'Grady sees himself chiefly in a role that oversees the implementation of best practice in everything that they do. "If the small things are right, the big things will look after themselves," he added. "They're the things that maybe were missing, I won't know until I go in, but that's the impression I've been given and that will be my role."

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