Limerick roar from Britain

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Tommy Moran, whose father Tom senior was once a sponsor of the Limerick GAA teams, will be watching the action unfold with fellow exiles in London
AS well as Croke Park, the Limerick roar will be heard in pubs across Britain, as supporters of the Treatymen gather for Sunday’s semi-final.

AS well as Croke Park, the Limerick roar will be heard in pubs across Britain, as supporters of the Treatymen gather for Sunday’s semi-final.

Many Limerick exiles will be doing everything they can to get to Dublin on Sunday.

But for those staying on the other side of the Irish Sea, there is still plenty of anticipation, nervousness and excitement.

A huge number of people from the Birmingham-Limerick Association will gather on Sunday in the city’s Irish Centre in Digbeth.

Treasurer Pat O’Neill, whose father Michael is an honorary president at Adare, said: “I am really excited. The game will be on at many places in Birmingham. It is on at the Irish Centre, and most Irish Clubs. I think I will go there, as I am on the committee. We have a big following, and everybody is anxious.”

Pat, who is confdent of a win, added: “I was over last time when Kilkenny destroyed us in ten minutes, and it was not very nice, but this year, everybody is upbeat.”

Athea man Tommy Moran will be watching the action unfold in his hotel, the Crown Moran in Cricklewood, north west London.

He will join many members of the Limerick Exiles Association in cheering the county from afar.

“There should be a good crowd. As many people are possible are travelling back for it. They are all scrounging tickets, as you can imagine. But there will be a good few of us left here in good form. I’d be quietly confident. I didn’t expect such a good performance against Cork. This gave us great confidence, and great self-belief,” he said.

Caherdavin’s John Giltenan is one of seven members of the Limerick Exiles Association - which exists to support county people in the English capital - travelling to Croker.

He said: “To have two teams in action on the same day is a remarkable achievement. I am looking forward to the whole sense of the occasion. There is going to be tremendous support from Limerick. It is a golden opportunity.”