SATURDAY’S All Ireland Hurling Qualifier will define four years work for the Limerick hurlers, according to Paudie O’Brien.
Limerick have made steady progress since 2011 with two quarter final appearances and then back-to-back All Ireland semi finals, as well as a first Munster title in 17 years.
However, defeat on Saturday against Dublin would see Limerick exit the 2015 championship one phase before the All Ireland quarter finals.
Just twice in the last 10 championships have Limerick failed to reach at least the quarter finals - 2008 and 2010.
“We have done a lot of work over the last couple of years and a lot of it will be defined by next weekend,” outlined O’Brien, who captained Limerick against Westmeath in the absence of Donal O’Grady, who was one of five players to make way after the disappointing Munster SHC loss to Tipperary
“It’s a massive match and is going to be make or break for us,” said O’Brien.
“Two big teams are going out of the championship and we just got to make sure it isn’t us.”
O’Brien said that the 12-point win over Westmeath will stand to Limerick ahead of Saturday’s Thurles clash with Dublin.
“I thought we played well in patches and were sloppy in other patches but we got the win and we would be happy with thay. We needed that game after the last day - we just wanted to get out and play a game of hurling. There was a lot of talk for the last couple of weeks, internally and externally and we just wanted to go out and put a performance together and move on. That was one step but there is another big challenge ahead,” said the wing back.
Ahead of Saturday, Limerick GAA officials are urging supporters to purchase tickets in advance as with an attendance of between 35,000 and 40,000 expected in Thurles.
Stand and terrace tickets are now on sale on www.tickets.ie or through Centra and SuperValu.
For a limited time tickets are also available through the clubs of the county.
Entry to the stands and terraces for adults is €20, while reduced pricing is available for juveniles, OAPs and students.
The Limerick and Dublin game will be live on RTE.