A look through the achievements of the current Limerick Hurlers

After a number of barren years in the county, John Kiely’s current crop of Limerick hurlers have amassed an amount of accolades since his arrival in 2017.

This weekend will be the final one before the return of the All-Ireland champions as they welcome Tipperary to the LIT Gaelic Grounds in the opening round of the National Hurling League on Saturday May 8.

With Limerick greats like Ciaran Carey, Gary Kirby, Mark Foley and Donal O’Grady ending their careers without a Celtic Cross medal, the most of the current crop have two at their disposal.

The current side have won so much in the game already with the majority far removed from any thoughts of retirement.

Below we look at the storied careers of the 2020 All-Ireland final matchday squad with an array of silverware between them ahead of their return to action next weekend.


Nickie Quaid (Effin)

2010-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 3x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, Limerick IHC, Limerick JAHC, Munster Club JAHC. All-Star


Sean Finn (Bruff)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2x U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Minor Hurling Championships, Munster Senior Hurler of the Year, Fitzgibbon Cup, Limerick PIHC, 3x All Stars, U21 All-Star.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 19/8/2018 Galway vs Limerick Limerick’s Sean Finn lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

2014-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, Fitzgibbon Cup, 2x All-Star.


Barry Nash (South Liberties)

2016

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2 U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Minor Hurling Championships, 2015 All-Ireland U21 MOTM, Fitzgibbon Cup.

29 November 2020; Barry Nash of Limerick during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Limerick and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell)

2016-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, 2x Limerick SHC, All-Star, U21 All-Star.


Declan Hannon (Adare)

2011-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 3x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Harty Cups, Fitzgibbon Cup, All Star.

6 March 2010; Declan Hannon, Ard Scoil Ris, celebrates after scoring the second goal against Thurles CBS. Harty Cup Final replay, Thurles CBS v Ard Scoil Ris, McDonagh Park, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Kyle Hayes (Kildimo Pallaskenry)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, Limerick PIHC, Limerick IHC, 2018 All-Ireland Final MOTM, Fitzgibbon Cup, 2018 Young Hurler of the Year, All-Star, U21 All-Star.


Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)

2016-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 2x Fitzgibbon Cups, U21 All Star.


William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 5x Limerick SHC, 3x Munster Club SHC, All-Ireland Club championship.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 27/10/2018 Doon vs Na Piarsaigh Na Piarsaigh’s William O’Donoghue lifts the John Daly Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks)

2016-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, Limerick JAHC, Fitzgibbon Cup,  2020 All-Ireland Hurling Final MOTM, All-Star, 2020 Hurler of the Year.


Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

2015-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2x U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Minor Hurling Championships, Munster Senior Hurler of the Year, 2x Limerick SHC, 2x Fitzgibbon Cups, 2x Harty Cups, 2x All-Star, 2x U21 All Stars, 2018 Hurler of the Year.

Co-op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Co. Limerick 11/1/2020 Cork vs Limerick Limerick’s Cian Lynch raises the cup at the end Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Tom Morrissey (Ahane)

2015-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2x U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Minor Hurling Championships, Fitzgibbon Cup, All-Star, U21 All Star.


Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2x U21 Munster Hurling Championships, Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 2x Limerick SHC, Fitzgibbon Cup, Harty Cup, 2x All Star, U21 All Star, 2017 U21 Hurler of the Year.

Independent.ie Higher Education GAA Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final, Dangan, Galway 24/2/2017 Mary Immaculate College Limerick vs Limerick IT Limerick IT’s Barry O’Connell and Aaron Gillane of Mary I Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy

Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)

2018-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, Munster Minor Hurling Championship.


Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)

2009-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 3x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 3x Limerick SHC, Munster Club SHC, Fitzgibbon Cup, All Star.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 29/7/2018 Cork vs Limerick Limerick’s Peter Casey, Darragh O’Donovan, Graeme Mulcahy and Seamus Flanagan celebrate at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Replacements

Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock)

2014-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 3x Limerick SHC, Munster Club SHC.


Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)

2019-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, 2x Munster Hurling Championship, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, 4x Limerick SHC, 2x Munster Club SHC, All-Ireland Club SHC, 2x Fitzgibbon Cup, Harty Cup.


Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

2020-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Munster Hurling Championship, National League, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, 6x Limerick SHC, 4x Munster Club SHC, All-Ireland Club SHC, Fitzgibbon Cup, Harty Cup.

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 27/10/2018 Doon vs Na Piarsaigh Na Piarsaigh’s Adrian Breen celebrates his goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Peter Casey (Na Piarsiagh)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, 4x Limerick SHC, 2x Munster Club SHC, All-Ireland Club SHC, Harty Cup., U21 All Star.


Ronan Connolly (Adare)

2019-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Munster Hurling Championship, 2x National Leagues, Fitzgibbon Cup, 2x Harty Cups, Limerick SFC.


Aaron Costello (Kilmallock)

2019-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, 2x Munster Hurling Championship, 2x National Leagues, 2x Limerick SHC, Munster Club SHC.


Richie English (Doon)

2016-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, U21 Munster Hurling Championship, Munster Minor Hurling Championship, 2x Fitzgibbon Cups, All Star, 2015 U21 Hurler of the Year, U21 All Star.

23 July 2013; Limerick captain Richard English lifts the cup. Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Final Replay, Limerick v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)

2019-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2x U21 Munster Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Minor Hurling Championships, Limerick SHC, Munster Club SHC, U21 All Star.


Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)

2019-

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, Munster Minor Hurling Championship, Limerick SHC, Munster Club SHC, 2x Fitzgibbon Cups.


David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca)

2018-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 3x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2x Limerick IHC, Fitzgibbon Cup.


Pat Ryan (Doon)

2017-

2x All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, 2x Munster Hurling Championships, 2x National Leagues, 2 U21 All-Ireland Hurling Championships, 2 U21 Munster Hurling Championships, Munster Minor Hurling Championship, Fitzgibbon Cup, U21 All Star.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 19/8/2018 Galway vs Limerick Limerick’s Pat Ryan lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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