Declan Hannon lifts the trophy as Limerick win the All-Ireland final Picture: Sportsfile
LIMERICK have sensationally beaten Galway to win the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park, ending a 45-year wait to lift the Liam MacCarthy cup.
Roared on by an estimated 40,000 Limerick fans at Dublin's GAA HQ and thousands more at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick and people at home and abroad, John Kiely's men beat the reigning champions Galway, 3-16 to 2-18.
There was absolute pandemonium at the Gaelic Grounds, where thousands packed the pitch to watch the match on the big screen, as the final whistle went, and at Croke Park:
FairPlay to limerick #AllIreland— David Kinsella (@daveyk44) August 19, 2018
ITS OVER, OVER, OVER! Sometimes words just don't do sport justice. Unbelievable, unbearable tension. It's Limerick's day at long last! All-Ireland champions 2018. Beat Galway 3-16 to 2-18 #GAA @Limerick_Leader— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) August 19, 2018
After an incredibly tense 2nd half Limerick Senior Hurlers are the All-Ireland CHAMPIONS for the first time in 45 years!!! #LuimneachAbú Well done to Galway on a great summer of hurling, but to the Limerick team and particularly our UL students and graduates we are VERY PROUD. pic.twitter.com/LAE6Xn9hal— UniversityofLimerick (@UL) August 19, 2018
45 years!!!!!!! What a result!!!!!!! #luimneachabú— Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (@Niamh_NicGhabh) August 19, 2018
What a game!! Unbelievable for #Limerick - the last time they won I was a few months old - I was that baby! A lifetime of waiting over! What a wonderful day! #LuimneachAbú #LimerickGAA @UL pic.twitter.com/xcWlUcx3Fe— Prof. Barry O'Sullivan, MRIA (@BarryOSullivan) August 19, 2018
Crying #LuimneachAbú— Katie Dawson (@katiedawson23) August 19, 2018