28 Jun 2022

Limerick's Sporting Moments: Hurlers win the 1973 All Ireland

Limerick's Sporting Moments: Hurler's win the 1973 All Ireland

The Limerick team that won the 1973 All Ireland title

LIMERICK’S seventh and last All Ireland SHC title was won on September 2, 1973 before a crowd of 59,009 and with a 1-21 to 1-14 win over Kilkenny.

Limerick were Munster champions for the first time since 1955 and appearing in the All Ireland final for the first time since the previous win of 1940. Indeed, the final was a first appearance in Croke Park in 18 years against a Kilkenny side appearing in a third successive final.

Limerick beat Clare and Tipperary to win the Munster title and then overcame London in the All-Ireland semi final.

In the All-Ireland final, Limerick shocked all with Eamonn Cregan at centre back. First blood went to Kilkenny but despite a Pat Delaney goal it was Limerick who led 0-12 to 1-7 at half-time on the wettest of days in Dublin.

Kilkenny hit the front early in the second half but then came the Mossie Dowling goal and soon 20-minutes had passed without a Kilkenny score as Limerick dominated with a run of points from free-taker Richie Bennis and others.

It was a win that saw Eamonn Grimes climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the MacCarthy Cup — the only Limerick man to do so in the last 78 years.

SCORERS: Richie Bennis 0-10, Mossie Dowling 1-1, Eamonn Grimes 0-4, Frankie Nolan and Ned Rea 0-2 each, Bernie Hartigan and Joe McKenna 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Seamus Horgan (Tournafulla); Willie Moore (Doon), Pat Hartigan (South Liberties), Jim O'Brien (Bruree); Phil Bennis (Patrickswell), Eamonn Cregan (Claughaun), Sean Foley (Patrickswell), Richie Bennis (Patrickswell), Eamonn Grimes (South Liberties); Bernie Hartigan (Old Christians), Mossie Dowling (Kilmallock), Liam O'Donoghue (Mungret); Frankie Nolan (Patrickswell), Ned Rea (Faughs, Dublin), Joe McKenna (South Liberties).

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