No Munster championship double-header for Limerick and Clare

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Kevin Downes, Limerick, in action against Nicky O'Connell, Clare during the 2013 All Ireland semi-final in Croke Park
THERE will be no Munster championship double-header for Limerick and Clare next Summer.

THERE will be no Munster championship double-header for Limerick and Clare next Summer.

Last Thursday’s championship draws pitted the Shannonside neighbours into opposition in the 2015 provincial hurling and football quarter-finals.

However, Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan has explained that a double-header is unlikely as Clare are due home advantage in the football clash.

The hurling encounter will most likely take place in Thurles.

The County Board secretary confirmed that Limerick would be requesting that both games be played on the same weekend - as happened this Summer with Tipperary.

“We would be looking for the football on the Saturday evening and the hurling the following afternoon,” outlined O’Riordan.

“Of course we would love to have both Clare games in the Gaelic Grounds but that is unlikely,” said O’Riordan.

Victory for the hurlers would ensure a Munster semi-final against Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds.

If John Brudair’s footballers advance, they would be away to Cork in the provincial semi-final.

Of course the Limerick v Clare football game will see last weekend’s Limerick SFC winning manager Ephie Fitzgerald along the sideline. The Ballylanders manager was this week confirmed as Clare senior football coach for 2015.

The dates and venues for all Munster championship games will be confirmed in the coming weeks.