GAA President John Horan
GAA President John Horan will be guest of honour at next week’s Limerick Premier U-21 Hurling Championship Final.
The Wednesday May 9 county final takes place in the Gaelic Grounds at 8pm between Doon and Kilmallock.
The GAA President and Munster Council chairman Jerry O’Sullivan are to attend the Gaelic Grounds ahead of the U-21 final to get a tour of the new upgrade works at the Ennis Road venue.
It is hoped, schedule permitting, that the pair of dignitaries will remain in the Gaelic Grounds for the Doon v Kilmallock U-21 final.
The club final comes just 48-hours after some of the finalists will be involved in the Munster U-21 hurling championship Limerick v Clare in Ennis.
GAA President Horan and Munster Council chief O’Sullivan will be among the first to see the completed upgraded works in the Gaelic Grounds ahead of the Munster Championships on May 19/20.
With increased numbers of games now being scheduled for the stadium Limerick GAA commenced a short-term programme of modernisation.
The first step was re-letting the shop units under the Mackey Stand to a Spar franchise.
A full reconstruction and modernisation of the ladies and gents toilets on the Mackey Stand has also taken place.
Also undertaken was repainting the public areas, installation of imagery and graphics celebrating great moments in Limerick GAA, including a new logo for the Gaelic Grounds itself.
The new logo and follow-on imagery to decorate the Gaelic Grounds followed a public consultation with almost 400 responses.
The U-21 county final will see a new champion crowned after Na Piarsaigh won the last six successive titles.
Kilmallock are seven time U-21 champions – their last title in 2011, when they beat Na Piarsaigh in the final.
Doon haven’t won this title since 2005 – the last of their four title wins.
Three years ago Doon were the county Premier MHC title – beating Na Piarsaigh in the semi final, who had in turn beaten Kilmallock in their semi final.
Doon have Barry Murphy and Brian McPartland on the current county U-21 final. Others that will be key to their title ambitions will be Eoghan McNamara, Josh Ryan, Mikey O’Brien, Jack Ryan and Mark Coleman.
Kilmallock have four on Pat Donnelly’s 2018 county U-21 panel – Paddy O’Loughlin, Oisin O’Reilly, Anthony Barrett and Micheal Houlihan. Others that will be central to The Balbec plans will be Ciaran O’Connor, David Woulfe, Cal McCarthy and Gearoid Barry.
Next Wednesday is the last of the four Limerick U-21 hurling finals. Already crowned champions were Newcastle West (A), Hospital-Herbertstown (B) and Glenroe (13-a-side).