Limerick GAA

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Limerick GAA
Limerick GAA crest.jpg
Nickname(s):The Shannonsiders
The Treaty County
Dominant sport:Hurling
Ground(s):Páirc na nGael, Limerick
County colours:  
County teams
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 1A
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Liam MacCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie:O'Duffy Cup
Limerick's Andrew O'Shaughnessy (left) representing Munster in the 2008 Railway Cup hurling semi-final against Ulster

The Limerick County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Luimneach) or Limerick GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Limerick. The county board is also responsible for the Limerick county teams.

The county football team was the first from the province of Munster both to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), as well as to appear in the final.



Clubs contest the following competitions:

  • Limerick Senior Hurling Championship
  • Limerick Intermediate Hurling Championship
  • Limerick Junior Hurling Championship
  • Limerick Minor Hurling Championship
  • Limerick Under-21 Hurling Championship

The senior competition's most successful club is Patrickswell, with 20 titles. Ahane has 19 titles.

County team[edit]

Limerick won the first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1887 and repeated this success in 1896, when it became the first non-Leinster team to beat the then all-conquering Dublin in a championship match. In 1897, its first outright success was achieved in hurling when a Kilfinane side defeated Tullaroan of Kilkenny in the final (at that time, counties were represented by champion clubs). The county team won the All-Ireland in 1918, a feat repeated in 1921 when they won the inaugural Liam MacCarthy Cup. The sides that achieved those wins contained many players who were on Limerick teams that contested seven Munster finals in a row, a record that stood for more than 70 years. The 1930s were the salad days of Limerick hurling, an era in which the county won five National Leagues in a row, a record still unequalled. They also won four Munster Championships in a row, and remain the only county other than Cork to have done so. After winning All-Irelands in 1934 and 1936, another outright success was achieved in 1940. This team did much to raise the profile of hurling: whereas in 1930 about 30,000 attended the All-Ireland Final, by 1940 it had gone up to 50,000 and the swashbuckling play of the Mackeys, Ryans, Clohesseys, McConkey and Scanlan etc. were recalled for decades after. Victory in 1940 left Limerick, with six All-Irelands, as the only county outside of the 'big three' (Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny), to have won more than one All-Ireland hurling title. Dublin had also six All Ireland Senior Hurling at that time but no native of the county had played in any of these teams. The county then fell on quieter times and up to 2018, had added only one more Senior All-Ireland title, in 1973. However six National Leagues were won between 1947 and 1995, and three Under-21 All Irelands in a row in the early 2000s. Limerick won the 2018 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, their first since 1973, with a 3–16 to 2–18 point defeat of Galway in the final.[1] Limerick have won the 2020 all Ireland championship against Waterford on a score of 0-30 to 0-19 points against Waterford



Clubs contest the Limerick Senior Football Championship. That competition's most successful club is Commercials, with 16 titles.

County team[edit]

(1953-1964) The didn't play in the Munster Football Championship.

Limerick play in Division 3 of the National Football League.


Limerick contested the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final of 1980, losing to Cork in a replay.[2] They first contested Munster championship in 1922-4, but the game struggled and had to undergo further revivals in 1932, 1947 and 1960, when Chris O'Connell, Carrie Gillane and Eithne Neville re-established it. This culminated in the county team's appearance in the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship of 1977 and Limerick's appearance in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final of 1980, where they lost to Cork in a replay. Three Limerick clubs have won the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship, Granagh-Ballingarry (3), Ballyagran (1978) and Croagh Kilfinny(1975).

Notable players include All Star award winners[3] Rose Collins, Eileen O'Brien and Vera Sheehan, young player of the year for 2007 Niamh Mulcahy. and Vera Mackey, Agnes Hourigan from Ballingarry and Eithne Neville from Kilfinny who won All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship medals with Dublin in 1938 and 1957 respectively. Chris O'Connell and Agnes Hourigan served as president of the Camogie Association.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[4] five new camogie clubs were to be established in the county by 2015.[5]

Limerick have the following achievements in camogie.[6]

Ladies' football[edit]

Limerick has a ladies' football team.


  1. ^ "New green wave ends 45 years of heartache for Limerick". Irish Examiner. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  3. ^ "All-stars on". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Final goal for camogie -". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  5. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site
  6. ^ "County History - Limerick Camogie". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Mulcahy savours Limerick redemption". Irish Examiner. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ "McGrath on song as Tribeswomen make amends". Irish Examiner. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.

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