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All-Ireland U21 winning boss Kiely becomes Limerick senior hurling manager

John Kiely will succeed TJ Ryan at the helm on Shannonside.

Kiely: managed Limerick's U21s to the All-Ireland in 2015.
Kiely: managed Limerick's U21s to the All-Ireland in 2015.
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Updated at 20.45

JOHN KIELY HAS been officially named Limerick’s next senior hurling manager.

The All-Ireland winning U21 boss was identified last night as the preferred candidate of the Treaty’s headhunting committee, and his appointment on a three-year term was ratified at this evening’s County Board meeting, where he received the unanimous backing of clubs.

Na Piarsaigh manager Shane O’Neill had been strongly linked to take over from TJ Ryan but was overlooked in favour of Kiely, who was one of John Allen’s selectors during the victorious 2013 Munster campaign.

One selector is still to be confirmed but Kiely will be joined by Paul Kinnerk — the Monaleen native tempted back to his home county following a second spell with the Clare senior hurlers — as well a strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Quilty and selector Jimmy Quilty.

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