RUMOURS of his unavailability proved unfounded as Gearóid Hegarty was last night named on the Limerick team to face Tipperary in Sunday’s crunch Munster Senior Hurling Championship outing at Semple Stadium, Thurles (4pm).
Hegarty, a former Player of the Year, has been handed his customary number ten jersey ahead of Cathal O’Neill, while Mike Casey comes into the side in place of the injured Seán Finn at right corner back.
Limerick: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh); Gearóid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh).
Substitutes: Jamie Power (Monaleen), Ciaran Barry (Ahane), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Colin Coughlan (Ballybrown), Aaron Costello (Kilmallock), Adam English (Doon), Richie English (Doon), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Shane O’Brien (Kilmallock), Cathal O’Neill (Crecora/Manister), David Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca).
Iain Corbett is nearing a return to action and has been chosen amongst the substitutes for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Tailteann Cup fixture away to Carlow at Dr. Cullen Park (3pm).
Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen); Mike Donovan (St. Finbarr’s), Seán O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen); Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), Jim Liston (Gerald Griffins), Paul Maher (Adare); Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Cathal Downes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry); Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), Brian Donovan (Monaleen), Adrian Enright (Fr. Casey’s); James Naughton (St. Senan’s), Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins), Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry).
Substitutes: Aaron O’Sullivan (Pallasgreen), Hugh Bourke (Adare), Robbie Bourke (Adare), Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh), David Connolly (Adare), Iain Corbett (Newcastle West), Tommy Griffin (Gerald Griffins), Davy Lyons (Adare), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Darragh Murray (Monaleen), Cormac Woulfe (St.Senan’s).
Meanwhile, Limerick suffered a heavy 1-19 to 1-2 defeat to Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Championship semi-final at Newcastle West. In the other semi, Cork beat Tipperary 5-9 to 1-11.