Big news has come out of Slieve Bloom GAA club this morning as two Limerick hurling legends will be in their management team for 2018.
Ciarán Carey has taken up the role as their intermediate hurling manager and he will be assisted by fellow Munster man Mark Foley.
Carey, who has a long list of training and managerial experience, holds previous connections with the club after taking some training sessions during their Junior A championship winning season in 2016.
Club chairman, Joe Heffernan, confirmed the news today and said it was a great appointment for the club and he hopes that their high ambitions will be aided by the appointment of a manager with such stature in the game.
Heffernan said: “The appointment can only be good for the club and he will bring a lot of experience to the team. With a good group of lads around him then it should be a positive move.”
Ciaran Carey played for Limerick from 1989 up until 2004, winning two Munster titles, two National Hurling League titles and picked up three All-Stars along the way.
He was also central to Patrickswell’s success throughout the late 80s and their domination of the 90s in Limerick club hurling.
He lost an All-Ireland club final in 1989 against Glenmore of Kilkenny.
Carey was at the heart of Limerick’s hurling team in the 90s where he lined out at centre-back.
His most iconic moment was his game winning point against Clare, the All-Ireland champions, which led Limerick to Munster Final glory in 1996.
Joe Heffernan also confirmed that fellow Limerick hurling legend Mark Foley will be assisting Carey as a fitness and strength and conditioning coach.
Foley too was a member of the Limerick side that won Munster in 1996 and played for 9 years as Limerick’s half back.
The appointment will raise a few eyebrows around the county.
And all eyes will firmly be on Slieve Bloom’s progression in this year’s championship.