Hurling is Limerick’s new religion

Bishop Brendan Leahy
Bishop Brendan Leahy

IT’S often referred to as a religion and now Limerick hurling as been endorsed by the Bishop himself.

Bishop Brendan Leahy said he had not seen anything like the outpouring of unbridled joy that greeted Limerick’s success last Sunday.

“Being of Kerry parents and brought up in Dublin, most of my great sporting experiences have been around attending Gaelic football games; All-Ireland finals and, indeed, Munster finals.  I’ve witnessed some great games but this was my first Munster hurling final.

“The atmosphere was electric. I even had one of the vendors give me a Limerick hat free of charge before the game. Having witnessed the celebration, I don’t think there could have been many as special as that.

The Bishop, who was ordained in May, said good things come to those who wait.

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“Clearly, the longer you have to wait for something the more special it is when it finally arrives. It makes you realise just how important the great game of hurling is to Limerick people,” he said.