Jul 16, 2013

Limerick: Munster Hurling Champions

Limerick hurlers give us all a boost – says Bishop Leahy

Monday, 15 July 2013: The Bishop of the Diocese of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has today added his warmest congratulations to the Limerick hurling team on their title victory yesterday in a game, he says, that he will always remember.


Congratulating the team on their success, Bishop Leahy said that yesterday was the first ever Munster hurling final he attended and he had not seen anything quite like the outpouring of unbridled joy that greeted Limerick’s success.


“Being of Kerry parents and brought up in Dublin, most of my great sporting experiences have been around attending Gaelic football games; All-Ireland finals and, indeed, Munster Finals.  I’ve witnessed some great games but yesterday was my first time to attend a Munster hurling final and I consider myself very fortunate to have been there,” said Bishop Leahy.

“I’ve read and heard so much about the special event that a Munster hurling final is but having witnessed yesterday’s celebration, I don’t think there could have been many as special as that.


“From the off, on the way into the match, the atmosphere was electric.  I even had one of the vendors give me a Limerick hat free of charge before the game.


“Clearly, the longer you have to wait for something the more special it is when it finally arrives.  That was very much evident as thousands raced onto the pitch at the final whistle.  Watching that incredible outpouring of joy from the stands was really something special.


“It makes you realise just how important the great game of hurling is to Limerick people and, indeed, how important Limerick is to the great game of hurling. In challenging times like we are in today, the world was so much brighter for every Limerick person as a result of yesterday and that is really great to see.”


Bishop Leahy said that the sheer elation at the final whistle encapsulated just what the proud young Limerick men had done for hurling fans across the county and, indeed, elsewhere.


“Limerick has breathed such life into this year’s championship.  They deserve this great celebration and once that’s put to bed, very quickly I expect, they will set their attention on an even bigger prize, the All-Ireland title.  I, and everyone involved in the Diocese, wish them every possible success as they go in pursuit of that even more elusive All-Ireland crown,” he added.