Limerick hurlers to play Kilkenny

THE Limerick senior hurlers will play Kilkenny in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship.

THE Limerick senior hurlers will play Kilkenny in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland championship.

The game will most likely take place on Sunday July 29 in Semple Stadium in Thurles as part of the other quarter-final between Cork and Waterford.

The last time that Limerick and Kilkenny met in the championship was in the All-Ireland final of 2007 in Croke Park.

Brian Cody’s side finished 2-19 to 1-15 winners on that occasion.

Limerick have just three survivors from that starting team; Seamus Hickey, Brian Geary and Donal O’Grady.

The last competitive fixture between Limerick and Kilkenny was in the 2010 National League when The Cats were 2-17 to 0-16 winners over Justin McCarthy’s under strength Limerick.

Quartet Shane O’Neill, Nichie Quaid, Paul Browne and Graeme Mulcahy all played that afternoon in the Gaelic Grounds and are still part of the Limerick senior panel.

The draws were made this Monday morning at 7.30 on Radio One’s Morning Ireland by GAA Director General Pauric Duffy and Chairman of the CCC Fergal McGill.

Confirmation of the fixture is expected Monday afternoon.

Limerick manager John Allen has a number of injury worries ahead of the clash with Paul Browne and Conor Allis still receiving treatment for the injuries that kept them out of the 3-18 to 1-20 win over Clare on Saturday evening in Thurles.

In that game, Tom Condon picked up a knee injury, while Graeme Mulcahy is carrying a leg injury.

Before the Kilkenny game, nine members of the Limerick senior panel will be back in action this Wednesday night when they play Tipperary in the Munster U-21 hurling championship. The game has a 7.30 start in the Gaelic Grounds and will be televised live on TG4.

While Limerick are buoyant after wins over Laois, Antrim and Clare, they will face a Kilkenny side that are wounded after a shock Leinster final collapse to Galway.