“There’s work to be done yet” | Darragh O’Donovan looking for improvements as Limerick face Galway in All-Ireland semi

The midfielder is pleased to be afforded the time in training to prepare for the semi-final as he stressed that “there’s work to be done.”

More history for Limerick but the time for resting on their laurels isn’t nearly reached with John Kiely’s men adding a fifth successive Munster title to their bourgeoning trophy cabinet with a date with Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final quickly looming.

Under the Galbally native, Limerick have competed in 12 major finals. Their record still staggeringly remains at 100%.

Clare pushed them all the way (again) in their latest Munster final clash but when the dust settled it was Declan Hannon climbing the steps of the Hogan stand.

Yet, despite all that they’ve won, midfielder Darragh O’Donovan insisted that the most recent was as sweet as the first as he said,

“The first one is just as good as the fifth one, every one of them is good, I don’t look back at medals or anything like that, I don’t even know where any of the medals are, my mother is looking after them, so just adding another one to the collection, that’s what it’s all about it’s all about success, you don’t want to be the athlete at 34 not having got what you want out of the game.”

“I don’t care whether we win by a point of 21 points, a point victory is sweet enough too. Great memories for us, we’re all playing here since Primary Game or whatever it may have been.”

11 June 2023; Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick celebrates after the Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final match between Clare and Limerick at TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by John Sheridan/Sportsfile

It was another piece of history for O’Donovan and co but that didn’t cross the minds as they prepared to face a Clare side that had already beaten them in the championship.

The reward for winning is as good as the satisfaction with Limerick in the midst of a four week break as a result while Clare had to face into an All-Ireland quarter final over the weekend.

Alluding to the break, O’Donovan was pleased to be afforded the time in training to prepare for the semi-final on July 8th with the midfielder stressing that “there’s work to be done.”

“We weren’t thinking about five in a row, we were only talking about the performance. Patches of play were good but there’s work to be done yet. There’s a couple of weeks to get it right now.”

Last Saturday, Limerick discovered their semi-final opponents with Galway awaiting as they bid for a place in the All-Ireland final for the fourth successive year.

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