A Look Back at the decade 2010 – 2019
Today 2019 (Part 2)
Two Munster Hurling Championship Titles to add to the Allianz League title
After the success in winning the Allianz Hurling League Final on 31st March, the Munster Hurling Championship got underway in May, Limerick had a bye in the opening round, and faced Cork at LIT Gaelic Grounds whre the Minors side got proceedings underway and the sides finished level Limerick 0.19 Cork 1.16,. in the Senior game Cork proved best to by 1.26 to 1.19.The next outing was on Sunday 2nd June in Walsh Park where Waterford provided the opposition, in both games, once again the Minor game finished level, 0.11 each. In the Senior game, a repeat of the Allianz Hurling League Final (two months earlier) once again Limerick proved best winning by 2.24 to 0.10. The following Sunday, Clare were visitors to LIT Gaelic Grounds, where Limerick scored a double victory, the Minors winning by 0.16 to 0.13 while the Seniors scored a 1.28 to 0.13 victory.
Sempler Stadium was the venue for Round 5 games on Sunday 16th. June where Limerick Minors scored a 3.24 to 1.15 win over Tipperary to reach the Munster Final, while the Seniors lost out to Tipperary by 1.22 to 0.21, but with other results being favorable, Limerick reached the Munster Final which was to be played in LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday 30th. June.
Munster Final day at LIT Gaelic Grounds saw two Limerick teams bidding for Provincial Honours, and the Day got off to a great when the Minor side defeated Clare by 1.17 to 1.. to claim the Munster Minor Hurling Championship title, the Seniors faced Tipperary once again in front of a packed attendance and they completed a great double on the day winning by 2.26 to 2.14. There was great joy among the huge home support that celebrated the double Munster Senior & Minor Championship final victories..
The Limerick Senior Footballers who had a few hard luck defeats in the Allianz Football League, scored a big win over Tipperary in the opening Round of the Munster Senior Football Championship in Semple Stadium on Saturday 11th. May winning by 3.11 to 1.10 but were unable to reproduce top form when losing tout to Cork in the Semi Final game.
Meanwhile the hurlers were preparing for the All Ireland Semi FinalDay where the Minors and Seniors met Kilkenny in Croke Park on Sunday 27th. July in front of 55.001 spectators. Unfortunately both sides lost out, the Minors were defeated by 2.24 to 0.18, while the Senior lost by the narrowest of margins, 1.21 to 2.17.
Nest up was the trip the Big Apple for the New York Hurling Classic on Saturday 16th. November, Limerick defeated Wexford in the opening Semi Final while Kilkenny proved too good for Tipperary in the second Semi Final. It was a Limerick and Kilkenny final but once again Kilkenny proved best to win the decider
All Star Awards were to follow for Sean Finn and Aaron Gillane.
On Saturday 7th. December at the Munster GAA Awards 2019 held at Castletroy Park Hotel, Cathal O’Neill was Presented with the Munster Minor Hurler of the Year Award while Sean Finn was Presented with the Munster Senior Hurler of the Tear Award
So as the year came to a close, 2019 proved another very successful one for Limerick and brought to an end A Decade of Glory for Limerick at Club and County level, winning Provincial and All Ireland Titles at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level, as well as Allianz League Tites in Hurling & Football .