In a great gesture the Westmeath players presented this gift to Michael Ryan after his last game on Saturday in recognition of his contribution to Westmeath and thanking him for all he has done for them since 2014.
The plaque on the base of the miniature hurl read: “Thank you for all you have brought to our county. Your hard work, commitment and desire has shaped our character as men and instilled great belief within us. Four special years that will long be remembered.”
“Westmeath hurling has been brought to a better place. We wish you all the best in the future and will always be forever grateful.”
Ryan stepped down from the position of manager following his side’s 2-21 to 0-16 loss at home to Wexford. The Waterford man won the Division 2A title in 2016 and despite leading Westmeath to the Division 2A final and the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup decider this season, was beaten on both occasions by Carlow.
Ryan will always be remembered fondly though in the Lake County with championship wins over Offaly and Laois among the highlights.
By Mark Casserly