Reeling in the Years: Limerick GAA’s 1995

While everybody is anxiously looking to the future wondering when we will see the GAA return, we are instead looking back into the past as we begin to Reel in the Years for Limerick GAA.

We start by going back 25 years to 1995.

The previous season saw the Hurlers experience possibly their worst ever loss as they let a five point lead with as many points left in the All-Ireland final slip, succumbing to a six-point loss to Offaly.

1994 was equally as forgettable for the footballers as they had a disappointing League campaign before being knocked out in Munster by Kerry in the Munster quarter-final.


1995

Hurling

National Hurling League

Off the back of that All-Ireland loss, Limerick had a dismal National League campaign that would see them relegated to Division 2 for the following year.

Played from October to May, Limerick would suffer losses to Cork, Tipp, Clare and Galway. They would defeat Kilkenny in the final group game, but it wasn’t enough to stave of relegation.

Munster Hurling Championship

Nonetheless, Tom Ryan’s side entered Munster as reigning champions where they would face Tipp in the semi final.

Tipperary came to Pairc Ui Chaoimh off the back of a 21-point victory over Waterford in the quarter-finals.

However, Limerick would make a second successive Munster Final, defeating the Premier County by a solitary point, 0-16 to 0-15 to advance with Gary Kirby accounting for an incredible 0-12 of his sides tally.

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This would set up a rematch of the final the previous season where Limerick won 0-25 to 2-10 against Clare.

Limerick would run out of steam in this final however, as the Banner dominated the decider in Semple Stadium, winning 1-17 to 0-11 to secure a first Munster Championship since 1932 to end Limerick’s season.

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Football

National Football League

Once again, the National League would prove disastrous for the Limerick footballers in David Quirke’s first year in charge of the side.

From their 8 games in the League, Limerick only managed to pick up a single win to go with one draw and six losses that would see them finish second from bottom ahead of London.

Munster Football Championship

As they did 12 months previously, Limerick drew the short straw in the form of Kerry in the Munster Championship.

The Kingdom were in blistering form in the Gaelic Grounds, defeating the home team 3-17 to 0-8.

Maurice Fitzgerald was in imperious form for Kerry as he notched a personal tally of 2-10.

With no qualifier system in place, that brought Limerick’s campaign to an abrupt halt in late May.


Club Championships

Football

Claughaun secured a 13th ever Limerick SFC title to move into second place behind Commercials in the Limerick SFC Roll of Honour.

They defeated Fr Caseys in the final with the West side losing a second consecutive final after losing to Galbally in 1994.

Glin were victorious in the Intermediate Football Championship, earning promotion to the senior ranks.

Ballylanders won out the Junior A Football Championship while Cappagh tasted success in the Junior B.


Hurling

In the Limerick SHC, Patrickswell won their 14th ever title, defeating neighbours Ballybrown convincingly in the final on a scoreline of 2-19 to 0-8.

That win moved the ‘Well closer to Ahane on the top of the Roll of Honour with the City side eventually overtaking the green and yellow in 2019.

Pallasgreen secured IHC honours with Dromin/Athlacca earning promotion to the Intermediate ranks.

John Kiely’s Galbally were crowned Junior B champions a year after winning the SFC.

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