Limerick and Clare on the double in 2017 Munster GAA championships

Limerick and Clare on the double in 2017 Munster GAA championships

IT’S Limerick v Clare in both hurling and football in the 2017 Munster GAA championships.

The provincial draws took place this Thursday night live on RTE television.

The Limerick senior hurlers will renew rivalries with neighbours Clare in the 2017 Munster SHC.

The Shannonside rivals have been drawn to face eachother at the semi final stage of next year’s provincial championship.

The game will most likely take place in Thurles.

The sides last met in Munster in 2014 when Limerick were quarter final winners.

It will be John Kiely’s first championship game as Limerick manager and likewise for Clare’s new joint management of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor.

For Limerick’s new hurling coach Paul Kinnerk it will be a game that brings him up against former players and management members from his days coaching the Clare, U-21 and minor hurlers.

Likewise for Limerick strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor.

On the other sideline could be Cappamore’s Liam Cronin. The Ardscoil Ris Harty Cup winning manager is expected to be part of the coaching set-up in Clare alongside Donal Og Cusack.

Elsewhere in the Munster championship, Waterford await either All Ireland champions Tipperary or Cork in the other semi final.

Limerick hurler Seamus Hickey has given his response to the draw.

“The real positive thing for me is that it is a semi final – Munster is hard enough to win without another game and especially with the calibre of teams that are there. Any time that you get a semi final draw is a good thing,” said the Murroe-Boher man.

“We have a body of work to do now, to go away and prepare and lift ourselves up after this year,” said Hickey.

Meanwhile in football, its Limerick v Clare for a third successive year – Clare have won the last two outings.

The sides meet in the quarter final with the winners to play Kerry.

The game with Clare will be in Cusack Park in Ennis.

Were Limerick to overcome Clare, the semi final would take place in Kerry.

In the other side of the draw, Tipperary await Cork or Waterford.