Opinion: Ending 82 years of Limerick hurling history - Jerome O'Connell

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Opinion: Ending 82 years of Limerick hurling history - Jerome O'Connell

Celebration time in Croke Park after the Allianz Hurling League final win

IT’S just over two years and six months since John Kiely was rubber-stamped as the Limerick hurling manager.

No one could have foreseen that between September 13, 2016 and March 31 2019, Limerick would re-write the history books – this week holding both the All-Ireland SHC and Hurling League titles, the first time since 1937!

When records fall, I love to delve into the history books! So here goes….

Under John Kiely, Limerick have played 42 games – Championship, National League and Munster League – winning 29, drawing two and 11 defeats. Seven of those defeats came in 2017.

In the eight game league campaign just finished; Limerick used 33 players.

But in total, 52 players have seen game time under Kiely’s senior tenure – from 22 different clubs.

Incidentally, just 18 of these 52 players were not involved under previous manager TJ Ryan.

PLAYERS: Shane Dowling, David Dempsey, Mike Casey, Peter Casey, William O’Donoghue, Kevin Downes, Conor Boylan, Alan Dempsey, Ronan Lynch (all Na Piarsaigh); Barry Hennessy, Graeme Mulcahy, Paddy O’Loughlin, Oisin O’Reilly, Robbie Hanley, Aaron Costello and Gavin O’Mahony (all Kilmallock); Richie English, Pat Ryan, Darragh O’Donovan, Barry Murphy and Mikey O’Brien (all Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes, Cian Lynch, Aaron Gillane, Seanie O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien (all Patrickswell); John Fitzgibbon, Declan Hannon and Ronan Connolly (all Adare); Lorcan Lyons and Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (both Monaleen), Dan Morrissey and Tom Morrissey (both Ahane); Paul Browne and Sean Finn (both Bruff); Kyle Hayes and Barry O’Connell (both Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Daragh Fanning and Colin Ryan (both Pallasgreen); Seamus Hickey and Seanie Tobin (both Murroe-Boher), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Nickie Quaid (Effin), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), William O’Meara (Askeaton), Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), James Ryan (Garryspillane) and David McCarthy (Glenroe).