The Limerick minor hurlers haven’t won an All Ireland title since 1984 - Joel Slattery looks at the teams that have tried every year since.
It has been 30 long years since Limerick last claimed the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship title. Since then, they have competed in six Munsters finals, losing the first four before winning the competition in each of the last two years.
Below, is a detailed account of how the Limerick minor teams have fared in the last 30 years since the Irish Press Cup last resided Shannonside.
A year that is remembered for the Hawkeye controversy when Barry Nash’s clear point was given wide, it is easy to forget that Limerick were Munster champions last year.
It was Limerick’s first provincial crown since 1984 (when they won the All-Ireland) and completed the senior/minor double in a historic year for Limerick hurling.
It was also the third year in a row that Limerick were knocked out of the minor Championship in extra time.
Limerick v Waterford (replay): Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen); Richie English (Doon), Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), Sean Finn (Bruff); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon); Jamie Butler (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon); David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Dean Coleman (Doon), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Pat Ryan (Doon).
Eleven points from Ronan Lynch saw Limerick defeat Cork for the second year in a row in the first round by a single point on a 0-16 to 1-12 scoreline.
However, their year was ended in Ennis when they lost to Clare after extra time. Ronan Lynch and Barry O’Connell raised green flags for Limerick.
Limerick v Clare: Darragh Stapleton (Doon); Shane Irwin (Bruff), Richie English (Doon), James Carrig (Patrickswell), Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Diarmuid Dee (Mungret), Brian Finn (Bruff), Kieran Cleary (Knockainey), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), David Condron (Granagh-Ballingarry), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Jack Kelleher (Patrickswell).
Current Senior star Shane Dowling scored seven points as Limerick beat Cork 2-14 to 0-12 in the Gaelic Grounds.
Dowling starred in the win on the day Andrew O’Shaughnessy retired from inter-county hurling to put up his hand as a potential replacement for the Kilmallock sharpshooter.
Limerick were defeated by Waterford 4-17 to 3-15 in the semi-final despite falling 12 points behind inside 10 minutes.
Limerick v Waterford: PJ Hall (Adare); Shane Irwin (bruff), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Brian Murphy (Fedammore); Liam Ryan (Doon), Ciaran Keogh (Na Piarsaigh), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh-Castlemahon); Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Diarmuid Dee (Mungret); David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Michael Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon); Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Jack Ahern (Killeedy).
Limerick were beaten by Clare in the Gaelic Grounds by just two points after beating Kerry.
Alan Dempsey, Declan Hannon, Shane Dowling and Thomas Ryan have all progressed from this team to the senior ranks.
Limerick v Clare: Owen Webb O’Rourke (Kilmallock); Brian Murphy (Fedamore), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Brian Hannigan (Feenagh-Kilmeedy); Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Kevin O’Donnell (Kilmallock), Chris O’Riordan (Dromin-Athlacca); Declan Hannon (Adare), Sean Kelly (Adare); Michael Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Thomas Ryan (South Liberties), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher).
Limerick lost both of their games in 2009, both of which were played at home.
In the first round they were comprehensively beaten by Tipp before losing by two points to Waterford conceding four goals.
Senior players Declan Hannon and Kevin Downes were on this team and Shane Dowling was a half time substitute.
Limerick v Tipperary: Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown); Brian Cleary (Knockainey), Nigel Foley (Patrickswell), Niall Buckley (Na Piarsaigh); Paudie Ahern (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Declan Hannon (Adare), Tom O’Callaghan (Knockaderry); Niall Kennedy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Liam O’Shea (Knockainey); John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Brendan Mullins (St Patricks); Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher), Cathal McNamara (Doon), Willie Griffin (Kildimo).
A Graeme Mulcahy goal was not enough for Limerick in their 2008 tie against Cork.
The Rebels ran out comfortable winners on a 0-23 to 1-11 scoreline.
Cork went on to beat Tipperary by a point in the final before losing in the All-Ireland semi-final.
The corresponding Limerick team won the U-21 Munster Championship three years later.
Limerick v Cork: Niall Carrig (Patrickswell); Brian Cleary (Knockainey), Jack O’Callaghan (Mungret), Kieran Kennedy (Crecora); Mark Deegan (Hospital-Herbertstown), Dean Madden (Bruff), Patrick Begley (Mungret); Timmy Fleming (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Sean O’Brien (Patrickswell); N Kennedy (Granagh-Ballingary), Sean Madden (Bruff), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock); Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Bulfin (Bruff), Eoin O’Sullivan (Tournafulla).
Limerick were hammered by defending All-Ireland champions Tipp in the Gaelic Grounds.
Tipp dominated throughout leading by 11 at the change of ends before securing a 3-21 to 0-12 victory.
Paul Browne, Nickie Quaid, Graeme Mulcahy and Seanie Tobin were all on that Limerick team.
Limerick v Tipperary: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock); B O’Connor, John Riordan (Templeglantine), Paul Browne (Bruff); Eamonn Gleeson (Cappamore), Nickie Quaid (Effin), Mark Deegan (Hospital-Herbertstown); Bobby O’Brien (Bruff), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock); Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Niall Maher (Doon), Sean Madden (Ahane); Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher), Ger Barron (Mungret), Thomas O’Brien (Patrickswell).
Limerick were well beaten by Cork on the Ennis Road before beating Clare by five points in a play-off to reach the semi-final.
Tipperary proved too strong for Limerick on a 2-23 to 3-8 scoreline in Semple Stadium to reach the final with Cork.
Limerick v Clare: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Brian Moloney (Blackrock), Cian Cagney (Granagh-Ballingarry), John Riordan (Templeglentine); Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Brian Quinn (Ballybrown), Mark Fenton (Doon); Ger Collins (Milford), Denis O’Connor (Granagh-Ballingarry); James Carroll (Croom), Shane O’Donnell (Kilmallock), Damien Quaid (St Marys Rathkeale); Michael Ryan (Doon), Tom Crawford (Glenroe), Donie Reale (Hospital-Herbertstown).
Limerick’s last appearence in the All-Ireland final. After losing in the Munster final to Cork, Limerick went through the back door to reach the Croke Park final, courtesy of victories over Antrim and Dublin.
A number of the ‘05 team are still a key part of Limerick’s senior side. Galway ran out four point 3-12 to 0-17 winners in the final.
Limerick v Galway: Ger Flynn (Croom); Shaun Browne (Newcastle West, Liam Hurley (Kilmallock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry); John Kelly (Kilmallock), David Moloney (Blackrock), Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock); Daniel Moore (Monagea), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher); Don Hanley (Knockaderry), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Bryan O’Sullivan (Kilmallock); Micheal Ryan (Doon), Eoin Ryan (Kilmallock), Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Knockaderry).
A facile 4-24 to 0-2 point victory over Kerry opened up Limerick’s campaign.
However, it would ultimately end in dissapointmnet in the next round as they were beaten by Cork 2-9 to 0-13.
Interestingly, Gavin O’Mahony played in goals for this team, many of whom would be part of the side who would reach the All-Ireland final the next year.
Limerick v Cork: Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmalllock); Denis Moloney (Doon), David Gardiner (Bruff), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher); Peter Cregan (Croom), Damien Moloney (Effin), Wayne McNamara (Adare; David Moloney (Blackrock), Don Hanley (Knockaderry); Brendan Hayes (Askeaton), Michael Noonan (Adare), Bryan O’Sullivan (Kilmallock); Michael Fitzgerald(Doon), Andrew Brennan (Caherline), James Ryan (Garryspillane).
Goals from Patrick Kirby and Roger Ryan (2) saw a Limerick side backboned by players from Doon and Dromin-Athlacca see off the Kerry challenge in the opening round.
Unfortunatley, this would be the high point of the 2003 season for Limerick.
Limerick v Kerry: Mike Fitzgerald (Doon), Ciaran Quinn (Na Piarsaigh), Henry Foster (Bruff), Shane Fitzgerald (Fedamore), Noel Morrissey (Kildimo), Eoin Benson (Dromin-Athlacca), Dinny Moloney (Doon), Joe Hargrow (Staker Wallace), Patrick Kirby (Knockainey), Conor O’Brien (Bruree), Eoin O’Leary (Dromin-Athlacca), Peter Cregan (Croom), Roger Ryan (Doon), Stephen Ryan (Dromin-Athlacca), Peter Russell (Monaleen)
Limerick were beaten by a late William Ryan point in hard fought battle in Kilmallock.
Knockainey’s Patrick Kirby scoerd nine points for his side but this wasn’t enough to get his side over the line as Tipp ran out 1-13 to 1-12 winners.
Limerick v Tipperary: Brian Murray (Patrickswell); Ciaran Quinn (Na Piarsaigh), Pat Lane (Bruree), Ross Bennis (Patrickswell); Garret Hegarty (South Liberties), Ray Hayes (Desmonds), Kevin O’Mahony (Kilmallock); John Quane (Glenroe), Eoin Benson (Dromin-Athlacca); Patrick Kirby (Knockainey), Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran’s), Peter Russell (Monaleen); Maurice Somers (Desmonds), Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Kilmallock), Padraig Ryan (Doon)
2001 was in all a good year for Limerick hurling with the U-21s and Seniors having very good campaigns.
However, the minors didn’t have the same success losing out to Cork. The Rebels had a player sent off in the second minute but ran out 2-15 to 1-11 winners with Setanta O hAilpin scoring 1-2 for his side.
Limerick v Cork: Wiiliam Tobin (Murroe-Boher); Paul McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Richard Murphy (Blackrock), Ross Bennis (Patrickswell); Maurice O’Brien (Garryspillane), Paudie O’Dwyer, (Kilmallock) John O’Connell (Pallasgreen); Adrian Morden (Adare), Kieran Breen (Na Piarsaigh); Eoin Kennedy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Niall Moran (Ahane), Conor Sherlock (Na Piarsaigh); Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Kilmallock), David Clancy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Patrick Kirby (Knockainey).
Limerick were beaten by Cork in the Munster final. This was Limerick’s first appearence in the provincial final in nine years.
The final was played in Thurles and Limerick were comprehensively defeated on a 2-19 to 1-10 scoreline.
Limerick got to the final courtesy of a replayed victory over Tipperary where an Andrew O’Shaughnessy goal helped them to a 1-12 to 0-13 win.
Limerick v Tipperary, replay: Timmy Houlihan (Adare); Conor Kearney (Effin), David Clancy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Michael Weekes (Bruff); Mike Clifford (Adare), Eoin Foley (Patrickswell), Paudie O’Dwyer (Kilmallock); Niall Moran (Ahane), Aidan Hanley (Ballybricken); Alan O’Connor (Ballybrown), Pat McElligott (Ballybricken), Pat Tobin (Murroe-Boher); Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Kilmallock), Brian Geoghegan (Patrickswell), Michael McKenna (Doon).
Limerick beat Waterford 2-12 to 1-12 in the first round, despite the best efforts of John Mullane.
The Brian Finn managed Limerick side were defeated by Tipperary in the semi-final with the Premier men going onto win the last Provincial title of the 20th century.
Limerick v Waterford: Brendan Hickey RIP (Glenroe); Niall Mullane (Monaleen), Eoin Foley (Patrickswell), D Fitzgerald; Micheal Clancy (Granagh-Ballingarry), Peter Lawlor (Croom), Adrian Kirby (Pallasgreen); Mark Keane (South Liberties), Eugene Mulcahy (Knockainey); Kevin Tobin (Murroe-Boher), Damien Reale (Hospital-Herbertstown), Paddy O’Leary (Bruff); John Dillon (Effin), Kevin Holmes (Claughaun), Dave Brouder (Murroe-Boher).
This would be Limerick’s eighth consecutive season missing out on a Provincial final.
However, a number of these players would go on to play a key role with the three-in-a-row All-Ireland U-21 winners at the start of the new millenium
Limerick: Brendan Hickey RIP (Glenroe), Stephen Lucey (Croom), M McElligott (Castletown-Ballyagran), Peter Lawlor (Croom); Seanie O’Connor (Ahane), Colm Hickey (Garryspillane); Pat Enright (Pallaskenry), Aidan O’Rahilly (Adare), B Kelly; Colm Moriarty (Mungret), Neville Roche (Croagh-Kilfinny), Ger O’Shea (Knockainey); Conor Fitzgerald (Adare), Mark Keane (South Liberties), Pearse Davern (Knockainey).
Limerick were beaten 1-15 to 0-13 in the provincial semi-final by eventual Munster champions Tipperary.
Tipp’s side included Eoin Kelly, Paul Kelly, Declan Fanning and Ger ‘Redser’ O’Grady.
Limerick v Tipperary: Seoirse Bulfin (Bruff); Colm Hickey (Garryspillane), Paddy Connery (Kilmallock), Brian Begley (Mungret); P O’Reilly, Brian Geary (Monaleen), Kieran Madden (Knockainey); Pat Ahern (Tournafulla), Cathal O’Reilly (Ahane); Kieran O’Dyer (Kilmallock), Kevin Carey (Patrickswell), Paul O’Grady (Patrickwell); A Bourke, David Stapleton (Doon), John Mescall (Ahane).
Limerick were well and truly hammered by Tipperary in theor opening match. The Premier County were more than full value for their 2-14 to 0-5 win where Limerick failed to score from play throughout the hour.
Limerick v Tipperary: J Murphy; M Lyons, M Carroll, William O’Brien (Knockainey); Paul Carey (Patrickswell), Damien Cosgrave (Monaleen), G Geehan; Brian Costelloe (Askeaton), Tom McLoughlin (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Justin Daly (Pallaskenry), Patsy Cahill (Croom), Niall Hayes; Jamie Butler (Murroe-Boher), P Cahill, N Hayes.
This was another lost year for the Limerick minors as they lost 2-14 to 1-3 to Cork, who went on to win that year’s All Ireland final.
Damien Cosgrave, cousin of current minor star Andrew, was a part of this team as was Dave Ryan, brother of Limerick senior manager, TJ.
Limerick: John O’Brien (Bruree), Stephen O’Halloran (Bruree), Niall Murphy (Mungret), William O’Brien (Knockainey), Damien Cosgrave (Monaleen), Danny Cremin (Kileedy), Pat Carroll (Ballybrown), Alan Purcell (Patrickswell), Michael Leahy (Cappamore), Paul Carey (Patrickswell), Barry Foley (Patrickswell), Brian Costello (Askeaton), Don Anderson (Doon), Enda Kiely (Na Piarsaigh), Dave Ryan (Garryspillane).
While Limerick had a good campaign in the senior Championship in ‘94 the minors that enjoy much success loaing out to Cork.
Barry Foley would would score one of Limerick’s most famous points in 2001 played in this team.
Limerick v Cork: John O’Brien (Bruree; Pat Roche, Michael Foley (Patrickswell), Anthony Roche (Blackrock); Diarmuid Madigan (Na Piarsaigh), John Foley (Adare), Barry Foley (Patrickswell); Daniel Murphy (Monaleen), Declan Reale (Hospital-Herbertstown); Shea O’Dwyer, Paddy Coleman (Doon), Willie Keane; Brian Tobin (Mungret), Jimmy Hourigan (Caherline), Paul Neenan (Dromin-Athlacca).
Tipperary hammered Limerick 1-17 to 0-6 en route to their second Munster title in three years.
Adare legend Mark Foley and current Ahane selector Clem Smith were a part of this Limerick side.
Limerick v Tipperary: Chris Farrell (Castletown-Ballyagran), Colm O’Brien (Pallasgreen), John Foley (Adare), Tony Teefy (Ballybricken), Pat Coleman (Doon), Mike Fitzgerald (Ahane), Tony Roche (Blackrock), Mike Downes (Knockaderry), Mark Foley (Adare), Brian Tobin (Mungret), Clement Smith (Ahane), Keith Cregan (Croom), Jimmy Hourigan (Pallasgreen), Dave Holmes (Claughaun), Tony Houlihan (Adare).
Mitchelstown was the venue where Limerick met old rivals Tipperary.
An early Tipp goal proved decisive as the Premier County squeezed past Limerick on a 1-7 to 0-9 scoreline in poor playing conditions.
The sides were level with 10 minutes to go put Tipp pushed on to reach the next round.
Limerick v Tipperary: C Farrell; T Tobin, Mike Fitzgerald, J Barrett; E Hurley, A Browne, J Cremins; A Ryan, R Fenton; D O’Donnell, P Cullinane, John Moran; Jim Moran, K Roche, TJ Ryan.
Limerick were well beaten by Tipperary in the Munster final in Cork.
The Premier men ran out 4-7 to 1-5 in the curtain raiser to the memorable draw between Tipp and Cork in the Senior game.
This was Limerick’s second final defeat in three years.
Limerick v Tipperaary: J Browne; M Fitzgerald, D O’Shaughnessy, M Guiltenane; E Hurley, A Browne, T Doyle; T Hayes, R Fenton; TJ Ryan, M Wallace, J Flavin; D O’Grady, C Coughlin, S Roche.
Limerick needed extra time to beat Waterford in their opening game on Easter Monday.
Three goals inthe second period of extra time were too much for the Deice to handle. Limerick failed to reach the Munster final this year, however.
Limerick v Waterford: Joe Quaid; Dave O’Shaughnessy, Tom Millea, John O’Halloran; John Kiely, Colm Coughlin, Finbar Hogan; Paul Ryan, Ger Cunningham; David Barry, Tom Magner, Donal Donnelly; Jason Browne, Con Murphy, Seoirse Laffin.
Limerick’s first appearence in the Munster final since winning the Irish Press Cup saw them edged out by Clare 2-13 to 2-12.
Limerick defeated Tipperary by two ppoints in the semi-final to reach this stage.
Limerick v Tipperary: J Quaid; John Kenny, David Lyons, John O’Halloran; Darren Stanners, David Noone, Aidan Maher; Liam Meaney, Aidan O’Sullivan; Tom Magner, Michael Holland, Michael Moore; John Mulqueen, PJ Garvey, Morgan Walsh.
This was to be another poor year for Limerick. The Treaty county were well beaten 4-10 to 2-4 by old foes Tipperary.
John Fitzgibbon was the bright light on that Limerick team scoring both their goals.
Limerick v Tipperary: Joe Quaid; J Roche, P Tobin, J Fitzgerald; A O’Sullivan, Turlough Herbert, A Ryan; R Sheehan, PJ Garvey; Ciaran Carey, Frankie Carroll, M Holland; Conor Shiels, Pat Heffernan, John Fitzgibbon.
Limerick were knocked out of the Munster Championship by Tipperary but not before defeating Waterford.
Limerick won that game by eight points, 2-13 to 2-5, with a team that included Ciaran Carey, Mike Houlihan and Pat Heffernan.
Limerick v Waterford: Tom Hennessy; Aidan Fitzgerald, Sean Roche, Turlough Herbert; Anthony Kirby, Pat Heffernan, James Conroy; Michael Houlihan, Paul O’Farrell; Anthony Fitzgerald, Ritchie Walsh, Pat Barrett; Ciaran Carey, Michael Hickey, Pat Conlon.
Limerick were beaten 2-11 to 0-13 by Clare in their opening match.
Claughan’s Michael Galligan scored eleven out of Limerick’s 13 points.
Two late goals sealed the win for Clare.
Limerick v Clare: Tom Hennessey; Paul Foley, Roderick O’Connor, Aidan Fitzgerald; Anthony Kirby, Darragh O’Neill, Paddy Carter; Tom Cunningham, Michael Galligan; Michael Houlihan, Michael Browne; Eddie Geaney, Sean Leo, Jim O’Donovan.
Limerick made a bright start in their efforts to defend their Munster title hammering Waterford 3-16 to 2-3, despite conceding two goals in the first five minutes.
However, Cork would beat the Shannonsiders in the next game to de-throne the Munster and All-Ireland champions.
Limerick v Waterford: Val Murnane; Paul Foley, Owen Stapleton, Pat Carter; Pat Davoran, Pat Carey, Michael Farrell; Michael O’Brien, Dick Ryan; Joe O’Connor, Gary Kirby, G Enright; Pat Barrett, Liam Clohessy, Leo O’Connor.