Champions Limerick face Clare in Munster U21 opener.

Limerick’s under 21 hurlers will face a trip to Ennis to take on Clare as they begin the defence of their Munster and All Ireland crowns.

Pat Donnelly’s men saw off the Banner 1-28 to 1-15 in last year’s Munster semi-final.

The game is set for May 9th with the winners earning the right to take on Tipperary in the semi-final in June.

The draw for the U20 Munster Football Championship was also made last night.

Limerick will host Kerry with the dates and venues to be announced, a place against Waterford in the semi-final awaits the winners.

The draw for the Minor Football championship was deferred, while the Munster council did that the Minor Hurling Championship will be run in conjunction with the Senior Championship with games to be played a curtain raisers.

It was also confirmed that Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork will be the only teams competing in the Munster Hurling league which is scheduled to start on December 30th.

Also, it was revealed that the Limerick footballers will not compete in the McGrath Cup for the coming season.