Spectacular South Limerick hurling double

Kilmallock captain Philip O’Loughlin lifting the cup. – Photo Den O’Brien. – County Senior Hurling Final Kilmallock v Patrickswell

Tommy, Nickie and Jack Quaid celebrating with their family after the win. – Photo Den O’Brien. – Intermediate Hurling Hurling Final Croagh Kilfinny v Effin

It was a memorable weekend for hurling in South Limerick when in the space of just over 24 hours, local clubs Kilmallock and Effin scooped two of the three major prizes on offer in Limerick hurling.
Effin set the tone on Saturday when they defeated Croagh-Kilfinny in the County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final 0-22 to 0-15 at Newcastle West. Led by the youngest of the Quaid siblings Jack, Effin picked up a first success in the competition since 2011 on a day when the precocious skills of Patrick O’Donovan were again to the fore, with him landing eleven points of his side’s tally.
On Sunday, the attention switched to TUS Gaelic Grounds and the final of the Blue Riband competition of Limerick hurling. Starting out on the championship trail as fourth favourites for outright success, Kilmallock shredded the form book as they stormed to a 1-24 to 0-19 victory over arch rivals Patrickswell.
Towering Philip O’Loughlin led the Baalbec boys to their 12th county senior title and a first since 2014 on a day when three times All-Ireland medal winner and 2018 All Star Graeme Mulcahy was his side’s hero, notching seven points from play and claiming the Man of the Match accolade.
(See full coverage of both successes on pages 76-78 and 80-82).