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Clare's Tony Kelly converts the sideline cut which forced extra-time in the Munster SHC final at FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Clare's Tony Kelly converts the sideline cut which forced extra-time in the Munster SHC final at FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dan Morrisey of Limerick and David Reidy of Clare contest a dropping ball during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final match between Limerick and Clare at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dan Morrisey of Limerick and David Reidy of Clare contest a dropping ball during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final match between Limerick and Clare at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Clare's Tony Kelly converts the sideline cut which forced extra-time in the Munster SHC final at FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Did they hear this on the far side of the world? Feel a tremble beneath their feet? They surely must have.

An exhausted sky wept with guilt that there had to be a loser in Thurles, the most elemental game in God’s creation delivering Limerick up the steps of the Ryan Stand to be inaugural recipients of the Mick Mackey Cup.


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