Limerick coach  joins Arsenal set-up

Arsenal have pounced to secure the services of another GAA coach as the number of Irish at the London club continues to increase.

Limerick minor hurling strength and conditioning coach Cairbre Ó Caireallain has started work this week with the club on an internship.

The Belfast native, who has also worked with the Limerick minor footballers and ladies football team, will work with younger players in the academy.

He will join Mayo’s strength and conditioning coach Barry Solan, who moved to Arsenal earlier this summer but is continuing to work with his native county.

The former Ballaghderreen clubman, who has worked with the Polish national soccer team and also with Katie Taylor, is heading up fitness for Arsene Wenger’s side at the Emirates.

Former Irish rugby international Johnny O’Connor also works with the club as a S&C coach, while another international and current Munster scrum coach Jerry Flannery did an internship there.

Ó Caireallain, who also worked with Adelaide Crows in Australia, has a Masters in Sports Science from University of Limerick.

He has also worked with a number of GAA clubs in Limerick such as Patrickswell hurlers and Pallasgreen footballers.

It is understood that his work with Arsenal at this stage will be with players between nine and 14.

Limerick’s interest in the All-Ireland minor hurling championship ended when Galway defeated them in the quarter-finals last Sunday week.

Physio Declan Lynch from Limerick left Arsenal for Bath at the end of last season. At the time Lynch left with ringing endorsements from the Gunners players.

“Declan’s going to be truly missed,” Theo Walcott said.

“He’s moving on but he’s a man I’ve got to know very closely through the rehab on my knee.

“He’s a great personality, a great man and a great physio. He’ll be truly missed and will never be forgotten.”


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