THE GALBALLY NATIVE WAS FIRST APPOINTED IN 2016 AND HAS GUIDED THE LIMERICK SENIOR HURLERS TO FIVE ALL-IRELAND TITLES.
It has been confirmed that Limerick senior hurling manager John Kiely will continue at the helm for another year following a board meeting on Tuesday evening.
The news comes as no surprise to the Limerick faithful, as Kiely is on course to become the first manager in GAA history to win the All-Ireland Hurling Championship five times in a row.
The 51-year-old coach took charge of the senior hurlers in 2016 following on from his All-Ireland triumph with the U-21’s and has been responsible for the Treaty’s ‘golden era’, with Tipperary being the only other county to lift the Liam McCarthy since his appointment.
This will be Kiely’s third extension during his time as manager with the Limerick man already signing a couple of two-year extensions, one in September 2019 after his initial three-year deal ended, and again in September 2021.
The news will come as bittersweet for Limerick hurling fans, however, as it was also confirmed that sports psychologist and performance coach Caroline Currid will no longer be in the fold.
Currid has also been involved with the Limerick senior hurlers since 2016, despite taking one season out along the way but will be a huge loss to the side as she held a strong relationship with the players.
However, Kiely and co. will need to have their sights set on the defence of their Allianz Hurling League title, which kicks off next month.
The Munster SHC will follow in spring, and they’ll be looking to make history soon after if they can get their hands on the Liam McCarthy cup for the fifth consecutive year, in what could be the last campaign of the John Kiely era.