JOE Quaid lost two All-Ireland senior hurling finals in Croke Park and lost the camogie decider last season at GAA Headquarters but yesterday he declared ‘dreams do come true’.
“People say that dreams don’t come true but they did today,” said a beaming Limerick camogie manager pitch side as his team celebrated in Croke Park.
“This is brilliant - I had said it during the week that I had never seen anybody climb the steps of the Hogan Stand from Limerick but to see it there from that bunch of girls is unbelievable,” said a hoarse Quaid.
“The emotion that poured out at the final whistle was after two years of hard work under me and a lot of hard work before that,” said the former Limerick hurling goalkeeper.
“This is unbelievable - three Limerick teams and three Kilkenny teams in Croke Park this year and we finally get one over on them - you don’t beat Kilkenny in Croke Park that easy,” he said in reference to the senior and minor hurling battles of recent weeks.
“It was a complete squad performance, it wasn’t even a team performance - absolutely brilliant.”
The manager said that the experience of last season stood to his side.
“We didn’t really panic because we were comfortable - we have them a couple of handy scores from frees and they never really threatened our goal - I don’t think Sile (Moynihan) had a save to make. We never really put them away and you could probably put them down to the fear of the finishing line,” he explained.
”If had said two years ago that we would have had three All Irelands in the one year, we would have been laughed off the face of the earth but work has been done and the work is been put in at underage - some of those girls are picking up their third All Ireland medal this year and that is unbelievable.”
Many of the stars of the win were minors this season.
“They are unbelievable - their mental strength was phenomenal, the likes of Caoimhe (Costello), Rebecca Delee, Deborah Murphy and Karen O’Leary when we she on.”