The executive Committee of the Tipperary County GAA Board formally agreed on Tuesday to bring a new senior hurling management team to the next meeting of the County Board with the names of Michael Ryan and Paidi O’Neill to accompany Manager Eamon O’Shea.
Following the announcement of the Kilruane MacDonagh man as Manager at last months meeting, the hunt began to find companions for the Coach who helped mastermind the All-Ireland success of 2010. And, Eamon O’Shea has once again turned to Michael Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane) who was also part of that set-up and who was extremly highly regarded amongst players, supporters and Gaels of the county.
Clonmel man Paidi O’Neill, who is due to retire from his position as Principal of St Colmcilles Senior National School in Knocklyon, Dublin in January, is the third piece in the jigsaw and returns to Tipperary with considerable coaching and managment repute under his belt having been involved in coaching and games development in Dublin and with the Ballyboden St Enda’s club where he enjoyed considerable success. O’Neill is very highly thought of in hurling circles and will bring a lot of experience as well as a sense of freshness, and indeed a distance from the current panel, most of whom have already worked with Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan.
The triumvirate attended the county senior hurling final on Sunday last in Semple Stadium and have already commenced the process of planning for the 2013 season.
They are wished well in their quest to restore Tipperary’s tarnished reputation and once again bring premier county status to Slievenamon.