In the end it comes down to Galway and Limerick… When they last met back in 1980, Joe Connolly gave his legendary victory speech on the steps of the Hogan Stand. And Limerick’s Eamon Cregan cemented his place in history by scoring 2-07.
On Sunday 18th of August, David Burke of Galway or Declan Hannon of Limerick will lift the Liam McCarthy cup. One county will spend the next 12 months celebrating. The rest of us will have have to hold tight until the National League. However, we want to get the maximum enjoyment out of the next few days. So here’s five events leading up to that glorious Sunday in Croke Park when we will all get to enjoy the best sport in the world….
Reviews, previews and the craic
We’ll throw in the ball on Friday the 10th in Charleville with ‘Up for the Match’. There will be pre-Match analysis, hurling stories & Craic with Stephen McDonagh (Limerick), Ben O’Connor (Cork), Liam Sheedy (Tipperary), Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Anthony Daly (Clare) and James Ryan (Limerick). Find out more here
Limerick Camogie are hosting ‘The Monday Game’ on August 13th in Adare. Wexford Hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, Limerick Hurling legends Ciarán Carey and Donal O’Grady, All-Ireland winning Tipperary captain Brendan Maher and Galway Camogie All-Star Aislinn Connolly will all have their say. And you could even win two tickets to the final! Find out more here
While you’re in Adare, you may as well stay for Tuesday night’s ‘Up for the Match’. Derek McGrath, Michael Duignan, Ger O’Loughlin, Niall Gilligan will make their predictions during this fundraiser for the Adare GAA Club. Find out more here.
Hurling for Cancer
By now, you probably think you know whether or not Galway will be getting their hands on Liam for the 6th time. Or perhaps Limerick will end their 45 year drought and win their 8th title. So you can take time out in Newbridge on Tuesday the 14th and remind yourself why we love this game so much. Hurling for Cancer will see a host of Irish hurling and horse racing legends come together for this annual festival to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. With a host of GAA and Horse Racing Stars including Jim Bolger, Davy Russell, Brian Cody; Colm O’Rourke, Joe Brolly, Katie Walsh, Niall Quinn, Cyril Farrell and Henry Shefflin taking part, this is going to be some evening. Find out more here
Last but not least is our favourite way to start the All-Ireland weekend. The Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland 7’s competition takes place on Saturday the 18th. Fast paced, skillful and full of intensity this is a brilliant event to catch if you’re making a weekend of it. No doubt you’ll see some former All-Stars and future Superstars in action. Find out more here.
All that’s left is to enjoy the big match. Now what are we going to do in September?
Finally, all information correct at time of publishing. However we recommend you check with the event organiser before you travel.
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