Kiely likely to remain with Limerick

Limerick hurling manager John Kiely, who was conferred with an honorary doctorate from UL, pictured with his family, wife Louise and daughters Aoife and Ruth. Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media.

IN THE wake of confirmation that John Kiely is to take a career break from his teaching position at The Abbey School (Tipperary), speculation has quickly turned to his role as manager of the Limerick Senior Hurling Team.

His decision to step back for a year from his day job came long before Sunday’s agonising loss to Cork in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship at Croke Park.

Word from within the camp is that Kiely is keen to remain and help Limerick retain the Munster and win back the All-Ireland Championships next season.

Other speculation is that the 52-year-old, who lives with his wife Louise and their daughters Aoife and Ruth in Galbally, could enter the political arena at the next General Election, or more likely take up a role on the ground in the run-up to the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Adare in 2027.

He previously was speculated as a contender in the race for Mayor of Limerick. When questioned at the time, Kiely commented: “Some people have asked, but they haven’t gotten an answer, lots have asked.

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In the school’s Summer Bulletin, Principal David Sadlier confirmed: “Our Deputy Principal John Kiely will take a career break next year as he explores new opportunities.”

“He has given 27 years of service to The Abbey School as a teacher, Principal, and Deputy Principal, bringing enormous energy, enthusiasm, and wisdom to so many aspects of school life. He will be missed next year by the school community as we wish him well in what I’m sure will be an action filled year ahead.”

Under Kiely’s watch, Limerick have won five All-Ireland, six Munster and three National League trophies.

He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by University of Limerick in Autumn 2022.