THE Limerick senior footballers make their seasonal reappearance next Sunday when they entertain Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare.
The Shannonside neighbours meet in the quarter-final of the McGrath Cup, in Foynes at 2.00.
Limerick have not won a game in the early season competition since beating Waterford IT in 2010.
Limerick won the last of their five McGrath Cup titles in 2005, but have since lost finals in 2007 and 2008.
Victory on Sunday would book a semi-final place against either Kerry or UCC.
Elsewhere in the quarter-finals next Sunday, UL travel to play Waterford, while Tipperary play Cork.
In Mick O’Dywer’s debut as Clare manager, The Banner eased past Limerick IT in their preliminary game last Sunday, 1-20 to 1-2.
Maurice Horan’s Limerick should be able to call upon the majority of their regulars for the clash with Clare.
In preparation for the McGrath Cup, Limerick played UL in a challenge game over the weekend and won 1-11 to 1-9.
A strong Limerick line-up included Steven Lavin, Pa Ranahan, Ian Ryan, Ger Collins, Tom Lee and John Riordan, among others.
The Limerick senior hurlers will have their first competitive outing of 2013 when they play Mary Immaculate College in the opening round of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Sunday January 20.