Opinion - Na Piarsaigh are fitting county hurling champions for 2018 - Donn O'Sullivan

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Opinion - Na Piarsaigh are fitting county hurling champions for 2018 - Donn O'Sullivan

Shane Dowling, right, celebrates with team-mate Kevin Downes following their win

The club senior hurling final in the county that won the same years All Ireland inter county title is always a special occasion.

Last Saturday night at the Gaelic Grounds was no different. There were stars on show, both on an off the field.

All Ireland winners Seamus Hickey and Aaron Gillane were working for TV, other members of the panel were presented to the crowd at half time and St Patrick's Pipe Band from Tulla gave everyone a lift.

The battles between Richie English and Kevin Downes at one end of the freezing cold Gaelic Grounds was only matched in it's 'must watch' billing by the dual between Pat Ryan and Mike Casey at the other.

The talent on display was a pleasure to look out on. The Limerick senior championship, with it's new look 'Super Six' format, has more than lived up to the preseason expectations.

Although the team that we all expected to win the title from day one, did indeed win it, the hurling on show all through the championship has been a joy to behold.

The rising tide of a Liam MacCarthy cup win is only going to raise all the hurling 'boats' in years to come, but it was fitting, in this year of years for Limerick hurling, that the best club side ever to come out of the county, won it all.