“In Limerick we love our rock and rap, but we love our hurling too!” – Limerick Live | WHs Answers

DRINK it. Taste it. Swirl it around your mouth like a fine red wine. Enjoy it. Limerick is the All Ireland Hurling Champion for the third year running and the fourth year in five.

The county doesn’t just dine at the top table — it feasts and gorges on fame. The hurling holy trinity of Kilkenny, Tipperary and Cork have felt the almighty power of this Limerick team on multiple occasions since 2018.

What a group of players. What a manager. What a backroom team. And what fans.

As the Cats roared back like lions in the second half last Sunday, a deafening chant rang out in the 49th minute of “Limerick, Limerick, Limerick.” And it went on until the end.

Players and fans were exhausted after referee Colm Lyons pursed his lips. The short blast of his whistle was music to our ears. Only the beat of Dreams and the unmistakable voice of Dolores O’Riordan could get the players on the field and in the stands shaking again.

The party had started.

As Declan Hannon said in his speech after winning the Liam MacCarthy Cup with Cian Lynch, “We need to celebrate two or three years to make up for it!”.

Limerick fans have been asked not to gather for the players’ arrival at Colbert Station on Monday afternoon. But like the giant flag at King’s Castle in Kilmallock – when have we ever played by the rules? The green army came to pay homage.

Ireland had recorded its provisional hottest day in 135 years with a reading of 33.1 degrees recorded in Phoenix Park.

Limerick had officially recorded the hottest day in human history, with the mercury not even showing on thermometers.

Just as the Transportation Safety Administration issued a statement on the dangers of “solar glare, which can cause road users to be temporarily blinded or blinded by the sun,” Declan Hannon stepped out of a VIP train carriage and presented sunglasses and cutlery.

We are all overwhelmed by the success. The asphalt at the train station was seething like the atmosphere. The players on the open-top bus even cooled off some gasping fans with a splash of water. You have quenched our thirst in more ways than one.

As the bus cruised slowly through the crowded streets, there was a touching moment as the team saluted the great Pat Hartigan. For 45 years Pat and his fellow All-Ireland 1973 crew have wanted to make history and this team has done it in the nicest way. They make their own.

The Limerick Boat Club posted an honor guard as they crossed the Sarsfield Bridge.

The bells of St. Mary’s Cathedral rang. Their ultimate destination, the TUS Gaelic Grounds, loomed—where the foundation of that success was laid on cold, dark nights when few sinners were watching.

Well over 22,000 had gathered to welcome them on stage. When the Liam MacCarthy Cup was presented to Limerick’s hurling supporters by John Kiely and Declan Hannon, the place erupted.

Declan now succeeds Christy Ring as captain, who has lifted Liam the most.

“We came from 061, we’ll show you how it’s done”.

Damn right Denise.

Chaila was a treat with the beat produced by MuRli.

Move across D4, Glenageary, Blackrock, Greystones, Bray and Kinsale, the 061 is officially Ireland’s most expensive postcode to buy a property. because it comes with ‘Liam’.

Dolores was everywhere – in the sky, over the speakers, in our hearts and in our minds.

“Oh, my life changes every day in every possible way.

And, oh my dreams, it’s never quite what it seems, never quite what it seems.”

The Cranberries connection to this team and their fans runs deep.

“Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie,” they sang all the way to New Zealand.

Claudio Abbado described Carlos Kleiber as the most important conductor of the 20th century. But he didn’t know about Carlos Kiely. He does it now!

Cell phone in right hand – lens trained on the crowd – the Galbally Man used his left hand to set the metered rhythm for the 22,000-strong orchestra.

“Aah, la-ah-la-ah, la-la-la, la-ah-la-ah”. Dreams, dreams and more dreams. Nobody wants to wake up.

“We love our traditional music, but we also love our hurling,” Anthony Daly famously roared from the Hogan stand in 1995.

Well in Limerick we love our rock and rap but we love our hurling too! Declan belted out Caledonia and John Kiely serenaded the crowd with Piano Man.

There was a touching moment when County Board Chairman John Cregan led a round of applause for Kilfinane superfan Jordan Fitzgerald, who tragically died en route to the All-Ireland semifinals.

Jordan would have been at Croke Park and the TUS Gaelic Grounds and loved every second.

Meanwhile, the party continued in town. Forget trips to Tipp, Glastonbury and Coachella, Limrock was where everyone wanted to be.

Whoever called The Still House was obviously being sarcastic as an impromptu concert started outside around midnight.

The temperature was still 19 degrees when they shook their hips in cutoff jeans, flexing their biceps just against their bare skin.

Ticketmaster could not have handled the demand for this impromptu festival on Thomas Street. And best of all: no booking fee!

What makes it all the sweeter is the pain of the past. Three in a row. Don’t pinch us for fear, it’s a dream. Yes, they come true.

Luimneah Abu!

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