Former Limerick captain Ollie Moran has been appointed as coach to the Laois senior hurlers.
Newly-appointed O’Moore County manager Eamonn Kelly confirmed the news yesterday as he looks to complete the make-up of his backroom team.
Behind the scenes, Kelly is still working on introducing one more selector but the former Kerry and Offaly supremo informed the Laois players over the weekend that Moran is coming on board.
Moran, who runs his own financial services business based in Limerick city, was a selector with the Limerick U21 hurlers in 2012 and was appointed as coach with Tipperary club side Borris-Ileigh in 2014.
Earlier this year, 41-year-old Moran rolled back the years when he returned to club action with Ahane but he’s now made a return to the inter-county scene, alongside Tipperary man Kelly in Laois.
Moran retired from inter-county hurling in 2009 after 12 years in Limerick colours.
He made his debut against Kilkenny in a 1997 National League game before helping the Shannonsiders to win the competition outright in the same year.
Moran was honoured with an All-Star award in 2007 and at club level he won three Limerick SHC titles in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
He will work alongside Kelly and another coach, Conor Gleeson, in Laois.
Gleeson was Kelly’s right-hand man during his spells with Kerry and Offaly, and was recently cited by the new Laois manager as one of the big reasons why he decided to take the new role.
Gleeson, a former Tipperary senior hurling team captain, guided Rathdowney-Errill to Laois SHC glory in 2014 as a manager in his own right.
Kelly now has two highly-capable coaches in his backroom team, and both men are former captains of their respective counties, as Moran skippered Limerick in 2005.
Kelly enjoyed a productive weekend as he guided home club Kiladangan to victory in the Tipperary junior A hurling final against Ballybacon-Grange - and he’s now free to concentrate solely on his new role with Laois.
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