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Summer 2018

Declan Hannon
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Photos of Champions
Path to Glory
Champions: In their own Words
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All Ireland Picture Parade
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Back Issues

Welcome to The Green and White Website

For twenty two years, since this magazine was first published, we have longed to compile an issue of ‘The Green and White’ when Limerick have been crowned as All-Ireland champions. In 1996, Limerick came close. In 2007, Limerick were brave in defeat but Kilkenny won decisively.

Now, in 2018, the McCarthy Cup is in Limerick’s possession and John Kiely’s young team has won what many would argue was the greatest hurling Championship ever.

It took eight games, there were bumps and twists on the road but Declan Hannon and his team, aided by a backroom staff of expertise and efficiency, kept their heads and their self-belief to guide the ship home.

There are so many moments that we will remember forever: Barry Murphy’s batted goal v Tipperary, Nickie Quaid’s save as Seamus Harnedy looked set to score and dash Limerick’s hopes, Kyle Hayes’ points in adversity against Cork and Galway, Dan Morrissey’s defiance against Kilkenny, Cian Lynch’s goal against Cork...the list is endless. Analysts will ask ‘What was different about 2018?’ Limerick has had good teams and outstanding hurlers in the past. We have always had players of bravery and honesty. In 2018, Limerick had a team of bottomless courage, total honesty, mental strength and determination allied to skilful players in every position on the field with replacements who could come off the bench and change the course of a game.

We cannot measure the contribution of John Kiely and his team of coaches, selectors, medical staff, physios, kitmen and so many others who worked tirelessly to try to improve Limerick’s performances in every aspect of the game. The spirit they engendered endeared the team to a travelling army of Limerick supporters who have been starved of success for decades.

And it came to pass that Declan Hannon raised the McCarthy Cup aloft on August 19th and years of frustration, heartbreak and disappointment were washed away in a flood of elation, relief and utter joy. Victory was achieved in dramatic, nail biting circumstances and no Limerick follower will ever forget the roar that went up when Tom Condon grabbed Joe Canning’s long-range effort from the sky before laying the sliotar off to Tom Morrissey.

So many people contributed to Limerick’s success that it would be impossible to name them all. A trawl through back issues of ‘The Green and White’ will turn up photos of Tom Morrissey, Shane Dowling, Peter Casey, Gearóid Hegarty, Cian Lynch, Pat Ryan, Declan Hannon and so many others in the colours of their school, Division or maybe a Primary Game selection. These players are quick to credit the coaches, teachers and mentors who encouraged and guided them. Some, like Noel Liston and Ger Power, are no longer with us, but in every parish, school and club, there are men and women who played their part in bringing this dream to reality.

In this issue, we celebrate Limerick’s All-Ireland success. We also celebrate the boys and girls who played in their school jersey in Allianz Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Doon CBS won the Limerick Leader Cup for the fourth year in a row. A team from Raheenagh NS/Ashford NS gained a hard-fought victory in the Green and White Shield. This year, Limerick played four games in the Munster Hurling Championship and one in football. A Limerick team lined out in the Munster GAA Primary Game on each of those days. Be assured that some of the boys and girls featured in these pages will bring glory to Limerick in years to come. Every generation brings new stars and fresh hope. You, the readers of The Green and White, are the future of Limerick GAA.

A second All Ireland title came to Limerick when the ladies football team defeated Louth in Croke Park in the Junior final. Our photographer was there to record the action on a day when dreams came true for this talented group of players.

We also look back at players from the past. Leonard Enright won three All Star awards as a sterling defender in the number three jersey for Limerick but never gained the elusive Celtic Cross. In August, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Croke Park, joining another Limerick legend in Eamon Cregan.

As ever, we are indebted to a great number of people for their generous help. Like John Kiely’s players and backroom team, our contributors-including the likes of James Lundon and Seamus McElligott of Sports Action Photography - do what they do because they love our games.

Luimneach Abú!
Ciarán Crowe & Joe Lyons
Joint Editors

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