The Chairman of the Limerick County Board, Donal Fitzgibbon, has confirmed the shocking resignation of hurling team manager, Eamon Cregan. The county board received a letter from Cregan today outlining his reasons for stepping down.

Apparently there was conflict between the county board and Cregan over the involvement of players in both Limerick hurling and football teams. The county board executive was in favour of dual players while Cregan was known to be very much against this policy.

Further complicating the matter is the understanding that at least some of Cregan's selectors agree with the executive's policy. It would appear that Cregan is unhappy that both Stephen Lucy and Conor Fitzgerald were involved with the county senior football team.

The resignation will come as a major shock to hurling fans in Limerick as they have seen a recent upturn in their fortunes and performances, which has seen them go second in Division 1B with impressive victories over Offaly, Tipperary and Wexford.

The County Board management will meet tonight to discuss the situation.

Filed by Johnny Proby and Sinéad Kissane