Dublin and Kerry meet in the All Ireland football final in three weeks time with much more at stake than the Sam Maguire trophy.
It is a game that all GAA fans are eagerly looking forward to. Dublin are going for the historic five-in-a-row while Kerry will be desperately trying to put a stop to their gallop.
Kerry were in the same position against Offaly back in 1982 before a late Seamus Darby goal broke their hearts. They have never really gotten over it. Victory against the Dubs might go some way towards alleviating that pain.
Already the green and gold flags are going up around the town and lads (and lassies) are swaggering about in their familiar jerseys. There was always a soft border between Kerry and Limerick.
Many local fans didn’t travel for the Tyrone match but decided to wait for the final
“Weren’t ye very sure of yourselves?” we asked an aficionado.
“We took a gamble.” was the reply. “The cost of two trips to Dublin in such a short space of time was a bit beyond us. We are not made of money. Ye are lucky here in Limerick - so you are. Your footballers wouldn’t be in an All Ireland final all that often.”
“We won the first one.” we reminded him.
“So you did” he replied. “and ye paraded down Sackville Street and celebrated under Nelson’s Pillar afterwards!” (They hate to be reminded that our footballing history predates theirs.)
However, he had a point about the money. Following Kerry can be an expensive pastime and a hefty €90 for a final ticket might be beyond the average pocket.
But for we poor people sure there is always RTE with Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane analysing every kick and telling us where it all went wrong for Dublin.
Roll on September the first!
*Kilkenny play Tipperary in the All Ireland hurling final on Sunday.