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Tipp set to appoint Bonnar — EXCLUSIVE

The Tipperary county board are set to put forward for ratification a successor to Liam Sheedy as county senior hurling manager

The Tipperary county board are set to put forward for ratification a successor to Liam Sheedy as county senior hurling manager: Colm Bonnar.

BY SHANE STAPLETON
Tipperary are set to appoint Colm Bonnar as manager of the senior hurling team.

The former Carlow and Wexford boss, who won two All-Ireland medals with the Premier County, is expected to be put forward for ratification in the coming days.

The Cashel King Cormacs native is currently coaching Dicksboro in the Kilkenny SHC, as part of Paraic Fanning’s management team.

Brendan Cummins was initially thought to be next in line for the under-20 job, and was considered for the senior role, but may now take over that same underage role from John Devane.

Ballingarry man Willie Maher, vastly experienced with county and club sides, was on the shortlist but is no longer in line for the senior role.

Bonnar led Ballyhale Shamrocks to All-Ireland glory in 2015, before winning an NHL 2A title, the Christy Ring Cup and the Joe McDonagh Cup with Carlow.

Tipperary qualified for the Munster final in 2021 and, after going ten points ahead of Limerick, suffered a humiliating second-half meltdown.

Their season would end against Liam Cahill’s Waterford at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage, and the mood was low after talks with Cahill broke down.

Bonnar is a renowned coach and motivator, and has great experience in coaching young players having managed the WIT hurlers to five Fitzgibbon Cup titles.

Outgoing boss Liam Sheedy retired as an inter-county boss after this year’s championship, having delivered two All-Ireland titles (2010 and 2019).

Meanwhile, Dublin are set to announce the extension of Mattie Kenny’s tenure as their hurling boss, ruling him out of the vacant Galway post.

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