Where others failed, Limerick have succeeded

7 September 1980: Galway captain Joe Connolly shakes hands with Limerick captain Seán Foley ahead of the All Ireland Hurling Final, Galway v Limerick, Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus.

AS well documented, Limerick became the first county to achieve the historic six in a row in the coveted Munster Senior Hurling Championship with a comfortable defeat of Clare in the birthplace of the GAA, Thurles.

Three previous attempts at history failed.

1906: It was an era in which clubs represented counties, and back then it was St Finbarr’s (Cork) and Thurles (Tipperary).
Before the final could start, history-seeking Cork objected to the Tipperary colours, claiming that there was a clash and a change had to happen before the action could get underway.

As a result, the final wasn’t played until the following year and Tipp won, 3-4 to 0-9.

In the All-Ireland Final, Tipp beat Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

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1980: Watched by a live attendance of 43,090, Limerick’s 2-14 to 2-10 Final defeat of Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, prevented a new record being set.
Limerick’s goals came from Éamonn Cregan of Claughaun and Ballybrown’s Ollie O’Connor.

The switch from attack to defence early on of Liam O’Donoghue was viewed as crucial to the eventual outcome.

It was Limerick’s first win over Cork in a Final since 1940.

The side was captained by Seán Foley, Patrickswell.

Limerick were beaten by first time winners Galway in the All-Ireland Final.

1987: On Cork’s attempt for the record, Tipperary denied the Rebels 4-22 to 1-22 in a replayed Final which was only decided after extra-time.
Two goals came from substitute Michael Doyle, son of eight-time All-Ireland winner John.

It was Tipp’s first title in 16 years and the occasion marked the legendary John Fenton’ last outing for Cork.

The Premier county were defeated by eventual winners Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

In the end, it was Limerick who carved-out a special place in history on Sunday, with Adare’s Declan Hannon as leader and Gearóid Hegarty as the outstanding player on show.