|Limerick Captain, Declan Hannon, with the Liam McCarthy Cup|
There was also a great sense of relief. After so many near misses, we had finally managed to break the hoodoo and come out on the winning side.
Limerick hurlers never do things the easy way. With just two minutes of normal time left on Sunday and leading by eight points it seemed like a good time to crack out the champagne (or the crate of Guinness)
But then Galway suddenly cut loose and scored two goals and a point in injury time to narrow the gap to one. And when Joe Canning stood over a long-range free as the clock ticked down, visions of the Offaly nightmare in 1994 came back to haunt us. Surely lightning could not strike us twice?
Thankfully for Limerick, Canning’s free fell short, the ball was cleared and the referee finally called it a day, creating mayhem and releasing forty five years of pent-up emotion and joy.
Limerick. All Ireland Hurling Champions 2018. It has a nice ring to it.
|Irene Lyons and friends from Abbeyfeale travelling to the All Ireland Hurling Final last Sunday|