THE build-up to the Munster hurling final will gather pace this weekend as almost 4,000 U-14 boys and girls descend on Limerick for the national finals of Feile na nGael.
The cream of underage hurling, camogie and handball talent will be on view as the clubs of Limerick host the respective county champions from across Ireland.
Almost 4,000 will take part in the competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as hurling fever grips Limerick.
This weekend will see the prestigious underage competition return to Limerick for the fifth time - the last time was in 1995.
The action will commence on Friday when the host clubs welcome their visitors.
The two clubs will play each other at 2.00 (camogie) and 3.00 (hurling) on Friday in the GAA grounds of the host club.
Then it will be off to the Gaelic Grounds for all, to take part in the Feile Parade
The colourful mix of teams, bands and banners will make its way from the Gaelic Grounds across the Sarsfield Bridge and finish up O’Connell Street to Pery Square.
On Saturday, GAA grounds will be a hive of activity with round robin games taking place from 10am to 2.00.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday evening with the finals taking place on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds and Mungret.
In total there are six divisions in the hurling with five in camogie.
“We will have somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 U-14 boys and girls involved for the weekend. There are 80 hurling teams and 64 camogie sides as well as handball,” outlined Limerick Feile committee chairman Owen Hayes.
“We will have visiting teams from all 32 counties and from London. All the visiting teams will be hosted by clubs across Limerick so there will be great excitement,” he said.