Hannon injury blow for Limerick hurlers

Limerick captain Declan Hannon will miss Sunday's championship game.

LIMERICK captain Declan Hannon has been ruled-out for Saturday night’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship glamour outing with Clare at the TUS Gaelic Grounds.

The Irish Independent this Tuesday reported that the Adare man suffered a groin injury in the narrow weekend win over Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles. He limped-off in the opening-half and was replaced by Mike Casey. 

Realistically, the three-time All-Star – who debuted for Limerick 13 years ago this month – could also be out of action also for the games against Tipperary (May 21) and Cork (May 28). 

And, speculation that the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) are pursue a retrospective case against Limerick full-forward Séamus Flanagan for an incident on Sunday appear unfounded.  

Thus, Flanagan is likely to be in the immediate vicinity of his first cousin Paul Flanagan in a few days’ time. The latter, a teacher in Limerick at Ard Scoil Rís and who plays with Ballyea, is a regular in the Clare full-back line. 

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He has coached the likes of Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey, Conor Boylan, Shane O’Brien and Cathal O’Neill in the school.

“It can be interesting,” Flanagan recently told gaa.ie on his announcement as the GAA’s new Ambasadóir na Gaeilge.

“Myself and Cathal O’Neill actually have the same hurley supplier down in south Tipperary so I ended up ringing Jim O’Brien who makes my hurleys and I said ‘Jim is there anyone coming up Limerick or Clare direction’

“And he said actually Cathal O’Neill is coming up. And I said right give my two hurleys to Cathal and he can drop them into Ard Scoil. Cathal would have been a past pupil of ours so it is interesting, so you’re on both sides of the field and certain situations pop up from time to time.”