2023 Munster GAA Manager of the Year – John Kiely
John Kiely’s prowess as a hurling manager first came to light when he led Limerick to Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 honours in 2015. Prior to that he had guided an unheralded Limerick team to the threshold of Munster Intermediate honours in 2011.
On joining John Allen’s backroom, he was an integral cog in the management team that guided Limerick to Munster Senior Hurling honours in 2013.
John Kiely does not follow standards, he sets them and that has been borne out since his appointment as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager in 2017. Long suffering and success starved Limerick supporters could not have imagined the impact he was to make on the hurling landscape and how his leadership would lift the morale of a county despairing that hurling’s most precious silverware, the Liam MacCarthy, would ever return to Shannonside.
His record is unapparelled as a Senior Intercounty Manager, five All-Ireland finals, five Munster finals and three Allianz Hurling League finals without tasting defeat.
A natural leader, fame rests lightly on the Galbally native’s shoulders who is ever ready to spread around the credit for Limerick’s great odyssey to others.
John Kiely is very worthy recipient of the Manager of the Year accolade.