The latest chapter in an historic Munster rivalry

Munster GAA chairman Ger Ryan. Photo: Harry Murphy.

Munster GAA chairman Ger Ryan has a few words for Limerick Post readers before Sunday’s six-in-a-row showdown.

THE Munster Hurling Final remains one of the iconic events in the GAA and Irish sporting calendar.

Over 40,000 people will pack Semple Stadium in Thurles as Limerick and Clare meet for the third year in a row in the final.

Limerick are going for their sixth Munster Senior Hurling title in a row, a feat never before achieved in the history of this storied competition.

The one county which has been closest to Limerick during their amazing run has been Clare.

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Having captured silverware in the shape of the Allianz Hurling League trophy back in April, Clare will have the appetite and hunger for another trophy on Sunday.

There is great rivalry between Limerick and Clare and their contests in the Munster finals and round robin games in recent years have been wonderful fixtures. We all hope it will be another great game at the weekend.

After last year’s pulsating round robin series in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, it was difficult to see the quality and excitement on offer ever being surpassed. However, this year’s action seems to have gone to new heights again with thrills, spills, upsets and great entertainment week on week.

Our thanks are due to all the players, management teams and county officials who represent their counties so well and provide sporting entertainment that is second to none.

Atmosphere is a great feature of Munster championship matches and finals.

The interest, the rivalry, the banter, the friendships, the sense of occasion whether before, during or after the games create a wonderful experience for all who attend. Sunday will be no different.

The Munster Council is grateful to all the people who support our games by attending in such large numbers. The large attendances mean we can continue to support our counties and clubs financially in the great work they do keeping our games vibrant and strong in communities throughout the province.

Best wishes to both teams in the latest chapter of their Munster rivalry.

Beir bua.

Gearóid Ó Riain, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan