Kirby reveals how Patrickswell used pain of 2015 Limerick SHC loss

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Kirby reveals how Patrickswell used pain of 2015 Limerick SHC loss

GARY Kirby believes the pain of losing the 2015 Limerick SHC final was the catalyst for Patrickswell’s return to the winners enclosure yesterday.

His young side side ended a 13 year wait for Limerick hurling glory in style with a 19-point win over neighbours Ballybrown in the Gaelic Grounds.

“We knew there was a big one in them – the hurt from losing last year was in a lot of their minds. That drove them on,” said winning manager Kirby, referencing last year’s final loss to Na Piarsaigh.

As a player he collected 10 county titles and on Sunday managed The Well to a first crown since 2003 and a 19th in total.

“Thirteen years is a long time for this club – we’ve waited a long time to get back here,” he said.

“They are a great bunch of young fellas and they needed to get over the line because they have been there or there abouts for a while. You can see the enjoyment after that victory, which is going to do the club the world of good,” said Kirby.

”Our big boys stood up from the word go – Cian Lynch drove the team forward from the start. The plan was to battle for every ball – we said at the start that county finals aren’t just given out, you have to go and earn them,” he stressed.

Manager Kirby added: “There are 15 hurlers out there and they could do anything with the ball and we like to let them go and express themselves”.