It will be a fifth successive All-Ireland semi-final for Limerick hurlers after their epic Munster Final win over Clare for a fourth successive Munster title yesterday in Thurles.
Kiely’s men were made to wok with the game going to extra-time following Tony Kelly’s last gasp sideline cut.
But Limerick pulled away in extra-time, fending off any Clare attack for a 1-29 to 0-29 win.
Limerick’s prize for the win is a spot in the last four of the All-Ireland, their fifth successive year reaching that mark.
Kilkenny are also assured of their semi-final spot after they defeated Galway in the Leinster final on Saturday evening.
Limerick’s semi-final will be played on Sunday 3 July while Kilkenny are in action the previous day.
This weekend, Cork take on McDonagh Cup champions Antrim while Wexford meet Kerry.
The winner of Cork/Antrim will take on Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Whoever comes out on top in that game will meet Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Limerick have beaten both Cork (2018) and Galway (2020) in the last four in recent years, while they have also won All-Ireland titles at their expense since Kiely’s appointment, Cork last year and Galway in ’18.
Kilkenny will meet one of Clare, Wexford or Kerry in their All-Ireland semi-final.
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures
All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals (Weekend June 11/12th)
Cork v Antrim
Wexford v Kerry
All-Ireland quarter-finals (Saturday June 18th)
Galway v Cork/Antrim
Clare v Wexford/Kerry
All-Ireland semi-finals (Weekend July 2/3rd)
Kilkenny v quarter-final winner (Saturday 2 July)
Limerick v quarter-final winner (Sunday 3 July)
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