True sporting exploits for a proud nation

Normally, Peter O’Mahony wears an impenetrable thousand-yard gaze. But after Ireland’s historic victory in Wellington, a fixed vision of the future seemed to glow on the battle-hardened face.

What does it mean to conquer the invincible, he was asked. From now on, young players shouldn’t have to travel to New Zealand expecting to lose, came the reply.

Johnny Sexton’s team’s incredible second win in New Zealand in eight days was an epic display of courage and character.

But Sexton had none of it as thoughts turned to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France. Drawing on the wisdom of his 37 years, the Ireland skipper refused to rush the fences. We’ll just savor the win now, he advised.

Even the New Zealand media agreed Ireland are playing like the All Blacks used to.

In the land of the long white cloud, there are no greater compliments.

If former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt had shown that we can beat the All Blacks on a good day, Andy Farrell made it clear that the mantle of invincibility can be shed on any day – if you want it enough and give it all you have hope to have together with you.

Both Limerick and Kilkenny were dying as the sun-drenched weekend of sensational sport continued at Croke Park.

But it was Limerick who made it in that dazzling All-Ireland final for a third straight season.

The excitement was as high as the temperatures.

When Covid kept the cork in the bottle to celebrate their last two victories, there was no stopping the exuberance of the contract men.

The Cats used all nine lives to stay within reach of the Liam MacCarthy Cup until the last moment. You will be back.

The teams first met in an All-Ireland final in 1897. they last met in 2007. In their last nine meetings, Kilkenny have won five and Limerick four.

But the 1911 result – which went to Kilkenny – was disputed. It was known as the “Not All Ireland Final” with the original game being canceled due to bad weather.

But Limerick thought he was fit to play and took to the field. When the game was moved to another location, they refused to play.

Kilkenny won when a substitute contest was held. Munster Council had nominated Tipperary to play Kilkenny, with the latter triumphing.

A slice of our sun-kissed sports weekend also belonged to the women’s teams, where the intensity is also increasing. Meath withstood a major Donegal challenge to earn one final spot against Kerry, who were just too strong for Mayo.

The Meath-Kerry women’s final takes place at Croke Park on Sunday and promises to be a real thriller.

When the curtain falls on our hurling season, you couldn’t ask for a better finale. A fitting celebration of skill and finesse, it is our privilege to salute Limerick as champions.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/true-sporting-heroicism-on-display-for-proud-nation-41846735.html True sporting exploits for a proud nation

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