Kiely names one man above all else who helped Limerick land Liam
By Patrick Lynch
Limerick’s All-Ireland winning manager John Kiely has singled out one man for the key role that he played in their glorious victory.
Graeme Mulcahy, Tom Morrissey and Shane Dowling were the goal-scoring heroes for Limerick on the day while Mike Casey, Declan Hannon and Cian Lynch all put in barnstorming displays.
However, it was a member of the backroom team that Kiely picked out for special praise for the style of play that he has instilled in the side.
Paul Kinnerk is one of the most highly respected coaches in the sport and played a key role in Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland win and his effect on Limerick was evident this season
Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday Sport, Kiely said: ‘Paul Kinnerk was key to the whole thing. Let’s be straight out about it. Paul is just an incredible coach. His understanding of what the game entails, the various skills, the ability to perform those skills under pressure.
‘The ability to help a player apply his skills and improve his decision making under pressure is his real forte.
‘His stamp was emblazoned on those guys. Obviously, we had other inputs from Brian Geary, Alan Cunningham and Jimmy Quilty.
‘But Paul was the fulcrum around the coaching side of things and he did a wonderful, wonderful job.’
Kiely will be desperate to hold onto his man over the coming years as Limerick look to continue competing for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.