With the GAA league season and club championships concluded for another year, the start of the county championship is almost upon us!
Current All-Ireland Hurling champions Limerick won this years Allianz Hurling League final, and Mayo won the Allianz Football league final for 2019.
Limerick are a new revelation in the world of hurling, which was seen in their incredible All-Ireland winning victory last year defeating Galway, lifting the Liam McCarthy trophy for the first time since 1973. This Allianz League success at GAA headquarters in Croke Park last year, showed why Limerick will enter an eagerly anticipated summer as the most respected and in form team across the country.
Led by Aaron Gillane and Cian Lynch, who have been influential figures in this years league campaign, The Treaty County won their second piece of silverware in a row adding the division one league title to the collection.
Mayo finally banished their demons from the famous Mayo curse and raised the Allianz Football league trophy, defeating Kerry in the division one final. Mayo have suffered heartbreak in this stadium in recent years and this victory might not quite make up for the four All-Ireland Finals they’ve lost this decade, but this win meant so much to the county.
For Mayo’s veteran corner forward Andy Moran, it was the 10th time the 35-year old has played in a senior final for his county but the first time he actually won one.
Mayo are considered one of the unluckiest teams in recent memory, and a suggested curse has been placed on them from their last All-Ireland victory in 1951. The story goes that when on the bus home from their victory, the team met a funeral. Failing to pay the proper respects the priest put a curse of the team. Mayo haven’t won the Sam Maguire since 51′.
A look ahead to the championship can’t be missed, by saying how much of an exciting league campaign we actually have had. Saturday the 11th of May is a date every player, manager, official and fan has marked in their calendar. The start of the Hurling and Football Championship is just around the corner!
With the opening games of Ulster, Munster Leinster and Connacht championships’, as well as the round robin tournament the Joe McDonagh Cup, Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard. Fans have an action-packed schedule ahead and a ton of summer games to get excited about.
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