In Pictures: Sit down protest at Limerick hurling final

TRUE to his word St Patrick’s GAA club’s Hammy Dawson protested at Saturday’s Limerick City Junior A Hurling League final.

Gardai had to be called to allow the divisional decider go-ahead because of a sit-down protest, which Dawson undertook to highlight the plight of his club - they were forced to give a semi-final walkover the weekend previous when St Patricks were fixed to play Crecora in direct opposition the Munster football championship action in the Gaelic Grounds.

In total eight St Patricks men were involved as players with varying Limerick teams.

Dawson had warned that he would “lie down in the middle of the pitch” to stop the final going ahead.

Around two hours before the final was due to commence Dawson took up position in the middle of the Clarina field.

Attempts to get him to leave failed until Gardai arrived. After a brief chat with the Gardai, Dawson left the field of his own accord, accompanied by his club chairman, Owen O’Shaughnessy.

Despite the protest the final started on time and Na Piarsaigh eventually won 1-17 to 0-10.

Pictures by Brian Gavin of Press 22.