On Monday afternoon former All-Ireland winner and Offaly legend Brian Whelehan was ratified as the new Nenagh Éire Óg senior hurling manager.
Since stepping into management in 2009, Whealahan has had spells with both Camross from Laois and Kiltormer in Galway. In 2013, he gladly took over the Offaly Senior hurling team, however, after achieving little success with his native county he opted to step down before his third reign at the helm.
In 2013, he gladly took over the Offaly senior hurling team, however after achieving little success with his native county, he opted to step down before his third reign at the helm.
According to the Offaly Express, even after losing to Laois in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship for the first time since 1972, he was still offered a continuation of his role, which certainly showed the faith the Offaly County Board had in Whelehan at the time.
Shane Brophy, who heads up the sports section of the Nenagh Guardian, initially broke the news to the wider public via Twitter.
Former Offaly great Brian Whelehan installed as new Nenagh Eire Og senior hurling manager.
— Shane Brophy (@BrophShane) May 15, 2017
As a club player, Whelehan’s achievements are overwhelming and are up there with the best. The Birr player was instrumental in the club’s success between the 1990s and the 2000s, having collected twelve Offaly County Championship medals, seven Leinster club titles and four club All-Ireland titles.
At inter-county level he won two All-Irelands (1994 and 1998) and was a recipient of the All Star award on four separate occasions.
Even though Nenagh have achieved little success at senior club level, they are an up-and-coming team with players of the calibre of Barry Heffernan and Daire Quinn. Notably, in 2014 they missed out on Tipperary Senior Championship glory after narrowly losing out to Thurles Sarsfields in a thrilling encounter.
Indeed, as a club that hasn’t attained senior glory in Tipperary since 1995, Nenagh will be hoping that Whelehan brings similar success to their club as he did to Birr during his illustrious playing career.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena