WILL O’DONOGHUE knows he will wake up from this Limerick dream at some point.
Club player Na Piarsaigh, 27, has won three all-Ireland titles, three provincial crowns and packing his first All-Star awarded in 2021.
O’Donoghue is the unsung hero of the Treaty team aiming for their third Liam MacCarthy this year.
Many professionals will tell you that they cannot be stopped.
But their quarterback knows there’s another side to the picture.
His teammate, Shane Dowling, had to retire from interdistrict hurdles at the age of 27 in 2020 and he missed out on two All-Ireland medals as a result.
Former Pact defender Paudie O’Brien was cut from the team by coach John Kiely in 2016 and has seen them continue to dominate the hurdles scene without him.
O’Donoghue is enjoying life and letting the time pass.
But he is fully aware that it can all be over in the blink of an eye.
He said: “Of course, yes. It is not guaranteed to anyone.
“You can look at it and say ‘I’m x age’, or I’m like this or I’ve won ‘x’ in the past, but that has nothing to do with anything in the future.
“You look at some players and they’ve got serious injuries and missed two campaigns, or you look at players that have been dropped from the team.
“This is not forever, success is not guaranteed and fortunately I am on the board of directors this year and I will work as hard as I can to try and maintain it, grow and compete in leagues and championships.
“You cannot guarantee anything. You have to be grateful for your place and realize it doesn’t last forever.”
Limerick won 12 All-Star trophies last year, breaking the previous record nine times.
O’Donoghue was delighted to be joining the club for the first time, but owner Kiely and his defenders hailed it for making it all happen.
At the end of the day, All-Ireland is all it’s worth, and they’ll play that spell in 2022 as the team gets closer to all-time greatness.
“It is an incredible feat for the team and for everyone who spends time with us that we broke that record,” he said.
“Honestly, any of us could lose, and any of us could get that All-Star.
“That nine has been broken, it depends more on the people around who gave us the platform to perform.
“People like our kittens, liaison officers and trainers, it is recognition to all of them that they have provided an environment where up to 12 people can be in a position to be recognized. accepted and three others are also in the position nominated.
“All of Ireland is what we are focused on. Thankfully, we’ve managed to make sure of that.
“If two Limerick players get an All-Star then that would be great.
“As a team, we’ve achieved a lot of the things that we wanted to achieve.”
SPORT IS FICKLE
O’Donoghue knows the story surrounding the team can also change rapidly.
A loss or two at the tournament will lead to many questions.
And he insists all their successes have not changed anyone in the camp.
He added: “It certainly doesn’t change anything for any of us.
“It’s our sport of choice. Thankfully, at the moment, everything is going well.
“There could be another change to it after four weeks if we don’t do well in the league.
“It would be, ‘Limerick needs to get their form back’.
“We are very focused on trying to grow over the next few weeks and enjoying our time together and giving ourselves the best we can.
“We certainly don’t look at anyone on our team as if they’re doing anything great.”
IRISH LIFE has announced an expansion of its partnership with GAA Healthy Clubs, deepening a longstanding relationship that brings health awareness, support and opportunity to communities around Ireland.
The new partnership will last four years and will enable another 400 clubs to participate in Ireland Life GAA’s Healthy Clubs programme.
BILLIONHis new announcement extends Irish Life’s support of GAA’s Healthy Clubs to more than ten years, bringing Irish Life’s total investment to more than €3.5 million.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8190432/will-odonoghue-success-not-guaranteed-limericks-dominance/ Whether O’Donoghue can sustain success is not guaranteed to anyone despite Limerick’s recent dominance