O’Shea gets green light to stay in Premier hot seat for two more years
JACKIE CAHILL – 31 OCTOBER 2013 Irish Independent
TIPPERARY GAA officials have handed Eamon O’Shea another two years as the county’s senior hurling manager
At Tuesday’s full county board meeting in Thurles, 2010 All-Ireland-winning coach O’Shea was given the green light to continue for two more campaigns.
O’Shea was officially reappointed along with assistant manager Michael Ryan and coach Paudie O’Neill – the trio were installed last year.
Tipperary’s new U-21 management team was also revealed: new manager TJ Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) will be assisted by Ken Dunne, Noel Morris and Niall Curran.
Dunne, brother of former Tipp stars Tommy and Benny, wore the county senior shirt and is a multiple county SHC medallist and former Munster club winner with Toomevara.
Morris is an ex-Tipperary midfielder from the Loughmore-Castleiney club and was a 2012 All-Ireland minor-winning selector under William Maher.
Curran, meanwhile, is a brother of current Tipp full-back Paul. The Mullinahone clubman won a Tommy Murphy Cup medal with the county senior footballers in 2005.
It was also revealed that the Tipperary minor hurling and minor football management teams will be confirmed at the November county board meeting.
Meanwhile, general agreement was expressed from Tipperary delegates for the proposed revamp to the Allianz Hurling League, which would see each team play seven matches.
O’Shea and his fellow selectors are in favour of the new format but the view was put forward that the two extra group games which look set to be played should be run off in February, so they would not impact on club games in April.
Top brass are pleased that competitions have run to schedule under the watchful eye of vice-chairman Michael Bourke this year.
Tipp’s early exit from the 2013 senior hurling championship freed up a number of weekends, but the calendar has run smoothly nonetheless and officials have indicated that local gate receipts, which had slumped in recent years, are up considerably.