All-Ireland title defence will start in Waterford

Peter Casey of Limerick and Ian Kenny of Waterford in the 2020 All-Ireland final.

LIMERICK hurlers will begin the defence of their Munster and All-Ireland titles with an outing against Waterford at Walsh Park next April, following the weekend draws for the 2023 Munster SHC. 

It’s a novel contest, given that for the much-travelled Davy Fitzgerald it will be his first championship outing with the Déise. 

Recent redevelopments have taken place at the venue but Walsh Park still has only a capacity of 16,500, so tickets will be as scarce as hen’s teeth.  

Limerick will follow up with round-robin fixtures against Clare (H), Tipperary (A), and Cork (A).  John Kiely’s side will have a welcome break between the Clare and Tipperary matches. 

On the football front, Limerick – as Munster finalists – received a bye into the 2023 Munster semi-finals, likely to be played either away to Cork or at home to Clare. 

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Limerick are now under the management of former Mayo star Ray Dempsey. 

The exact dates/times for all games will be confirmed in due course. 

On the local front, holders Kilmallock and Na Piarsaigh will contest the Bon Secours Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Sunday week.

The Premier Intermediate Hurling Final on the same date will involve Bruff and Monaleen, who registered quarter-final victories over Newcastle West (after extra-time) and Effin. 

At the weekend, Adrian Breen shone like a beacon as Na Piarsaigh easily swept aside South Liberties, while a goal at the death from an alert Robbie Egan earned Kilmallock a most dramatic victory against Doon.