Kirwan hails Offaly's character
Champions Kilkenny enjoyed success over Waterford at Walsh Park, but the most notable result of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship's opening weekend was Offaly's narrow defeat of Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.
Paddy Kirwan hailed his side's character in fashioning the 2-18 to 3-14 win.
Dearbhla Egan gave the home side the perfect start with a goal.
Limerick had further goals from Aisling Scanlon and Mairead Fitzgerald but Siobhán Flannery and Rachel Brennan raised green flags for Offaly, while Sarah Harding got two vital points.
Shelly Farrell had a goal as Kilkenny led Waterford by 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time.
The Stripeywomen cut loose in the final quarter. Katie Power helped herself to a goal and Danielle Morrissey landed three frees to make it 2-15 to 0-6 at the final whistle.
Dublin got the better of Clare at Parnells' grounds in Coolock, by 3-11 to 1-14.
David Herity's charges trailed 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval. Siobhan Kehoe's goal gave them a lead, but Niamh O'Dea's major set Clare up for a strong second quarter.
Clare moved six points clear, as Chloe Morey finished with seven points and O'Dea with 1-4.
However, goals from Aisling Maher and Zoe O'Donoghue edged Dublin ahead and points from Ali Twomey and Faye McCarthy confirmed the victory.
Elsewhere, Cork used a strong wind to pull away from Tipperary in the second half and record a 1-16 to 1-7 win at The Ragg.