SOME of Limerick's All-Ireland medal winners turned heads among fans at Shannon Airport as they prepared to jet off the US for this weekend’s Fenway Classic.
The Limerick stars, who are heading to New York for two days, will meet up with teams from Clare, Cork and Wexford in Boston ahead of Sunday’s tournament.
Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said: “We had Galway last year, Clare when they won the All-Ireland in 2013 and now Limerick coming through with the Liam MacCarthy cup. The common denominator was not just that but the way the guys all held themselves.
“The Limerick lads, like those before them, are just brilliant ambassadors for the game. The stopped, chatted, signed autographs, took photos with people, no problem. It certainly made a lot of peoples’ day here today as you could see the admiration that they are held in. They were a pleasure to have through the airport.”
The players who set off to New York this Wednesday were All-Stars Declan Hannon, Sean Finn, Cian Lynch, Dan Morrissey, Graeme Mulcahy and Young hurler of the year, Kyle Hayes.
The Limerick party also included team manager John Kiely.
The side trained four times for the special tournament and the semi-finals will see Limerick paired with Wexford and Clare against Cork. Just 11 players take to the pitch for each side and only goals count, while there is no limit to the number of substitutions. The matches are divided into two halves of 20-minutes each.
A goal scored from within the defensive zone is equivalent to three points while a goal scored from outside the defensive zone is equivalent to five points.
The game takes place in one of the most famous stadiums in the world of sport, Fenway Park – the home of the Boston Red Sox.
The games run consecutively and will be screened live on TG4.