New Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea has appointed Michael Ryan as assistant manager and Clonmelman Paudie O’Neill as coach.
Michael Ryan from Upperchurch served alongside Eamon O’Shea under manager Liam Sheedy when Tipp won the All-Ireland two years and was widely tipped to return to return to the role.
However the appointment of Paudie O’Neill will be viewed as a surprise. Now living in Dublin, he played hurling with St. Mary’s and football with Clonmel Commercials and represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 level in hurling and at all levels in football.
The son of Theresa and John O’Neill, Powerstown Road, Clonmel, he also played senior hurling for Dublin. He has been heavily involved in the coaching of hurling at Knocklyon primary school, where he is principal; and with his club Ballyboden St. Enda’s. He has also coached and managed Dublin under 21 and minor hurling teams.
Paudie played a leading role in the development and delivery of the GAA Coach Education Programme at national level and has managed Irish teams in the annual Shinty/Hurling internationals.
The appointments were ratified by the County GAA Board last night (Tuesday).
“Both Michael and Paudie bring great experience and ability to the Tipperary senior hurling management team and with Eamon O’Shea they will provide strong leadership to the Tipperary senior hurlers. Tipperary County Board is delighted that they have made themselves available to take on these important and voluntary roles and we wish them every success”, the Board said in a statement.