O'Grady officially installed by Limerick

O'Grady officially installed by Limerick

Donal O'Grady has tonight been officially appointed as the Limerick senior hurling manager for 2011, succeeding Justin McCarthy in the position.

O'Grady and his selectors TJ Ryan, Ciaran Carey and Pat Heffernan were ratified during a meeting of club delegates at Claughaun GAA Club on the outskirts of Limerick city.

The new management team was installed following a show of hands, and while he received a majority backing, it is believed that at least 40 percent of delegates present were against the appointment of the Corkman.

Limerick GAA Chairman Liam Lenihan urged all Limerick supporters to go forward in unity and forget the events of the past 12 months.

He paid tribute to Justin McCarthy and his hurling pedigree but said that now is time to move on.

O'Grady will only take charge of the Limerick hurlers for a 12-month term, after which it is expected that the position will be taken over by a Limerick native.

"My opinion is that I felt that Limerick should be able to look after itself and that there should be some sort of succession path," he told the Limerick Leader.

"My feeling all along is that there would be enough managerial talent in Limerick to look after themselves, but they felt they needed someone to bring stability and maybe because I came in with Cork after 2002 that I was the right person.

"I suppose my role would be to bring in some structures and to put some things in place so that Limerick will be able to carry on by themselves after me."

O'Grady, who won the All-Ireland title with Cork in 2004, recognises the tough task that lies ahead as he aims to turn around the Shannonsiders' fortunes.

"It's a bit of a challenge, it's safe to say," he admitted.

"The challenge appealed to me and Limerick is not a million miles away from me. I always enjoyed the coaching side of things.

"I don't think it would have appealed to me if I was approached by a club to allow my name go forward, but it was different when I was sought out and I decided to give it a lash.

"It's a major decision and commitment. There is a degree of travel, late nights, dealing with journalists, etc.

"There is a awful lot of work to do to get all the small things right and I am a firm believer that you start with the small things and everything else will fall into place."

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