The Limerick slingers toasted their three-in-a-row success well into the wee hours of today – but that didn’t stop them from sharing their joy today with others who would have loved to have made it to Croke Park.
he Liam MacCarthy Cup performed at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin under the care of players Barry Nash and David Reidy and manager John Kiely.
The more traditional tour of the stations has had to be postponed given the tight Covid restrictions, but for 12-year-old GAA fan Kevin O’Callaghan, from Mallow, County Cork, it meant an opportunity to taste some joy after five months of treatment for a spinal injury , which led to a life-saving operation.
Now on his way to rehabilitation, Kevin was delighted to meet some of the winning teams and hold his hands on the famous silver attire.
Having regained a lot of movement in his limbs following his treatment, Kevin said he was surprised at how heavy the cup is.
Limerick manager John Kiely said visiting Temple Street Children’s Hospital was a very grounding experience.
“You have a different fight here. We go into battle for an hour and ten minutes and walk away from it, and everyone is alive and well and well. Here’s a boy named Kevin who’s been here for five months.
“It’s really tough for his family and him on a personal level. It’s a privilege for us to be able to take a little break and something we really enjoy doing,” he said.
“It reminds us all how lucky we are and how lucky we are. We’re walking away from here very grateful for what we have,” he added.
Limerick player Barry Nash, who is picked for an All-Star, said it was an incredible honor to be able to bring the Liam MacCarthy Cup to Temple Street. After hearing Kevin’s story, he described him as an incredible and resilient young man.
He said the success of winning three straight titles had only just begun to sink in and he was shocked to see the number of Limericks in their hotel last night.
“Even looking around the stadium it was amazing to see that green wave and the Limerick support that was there. It was an incredible feeling to play in front of this huge crowd,” he said.
After visiting Temple Street, the victorious side prepared to head home to a welcome party at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, where the celebrations will continue well into the week.
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