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28 March 2015; Ryan O'Dwyer, Dublin, races clear of David Reidy, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Ryan O'Dwyer, Dublin, races clear of David Reidy, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Richie McCarthy, Limerick, in action against Danny Sutcliffe, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Richie McCarthy, Limerick, in action against Danny Sutcliffe, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; James Ryan, Limerick, in action against David Treacy, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; James Ryan, Limerick, in action against David Treacy, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; James Ryan, Limerick, in action against David Treacy, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; James Ryan, Limerick, in action against David Treacy, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Ger Cunningham, Dublin manager. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Ger Cunningham, Dublin manager. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; David Breen, Limerick, in action against Peter Kelly, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; David Breen, Limerick, in action against Peter Kelly, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Chris Crummey, Dublin, in action against Declan Hannon, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Chris Crummey, Dublin, in action against Declan Hannon, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; David Breen, Limerick, attempts a shot on goal under pressure from Cian O'Callaghan, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; David Breen, Limerick, attempts a shot on goal under pressure from Cian O'Callaghan, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Peter Kelly, Dublin, in action against David Breen, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Peter Kelly, Dublin, in action against David Breen, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Cian O'Callaghan, Dublin, in action against Sean Tobin, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Cian O'Callaghan, Dublin, in action against Sean Tobin, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Seamus Hickey, Limerick, in action against Johnny McCaffrey, left, and David O'Callaghan, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Seamus Hickey, Limerick, in action against Johnny McCaffrey, left, and David O'Callaghan, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; David Treacy, Dublin, in action against Paudie O'Brien, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; David Treacy, Dublin, in action against Paudie O'Brien, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

28 March 2015; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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28 March 2015; Ryan O'Dwyer, Dublin, races clear of David Reidy, Limerick. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1, Quarter-Final, Dublin v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN'S Croke Park hoodoo was unequivocally laid to rest in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-final at Croke Park last night.

The Boys in Blue had not won at GAA headquarters since their 2013 Leinster final victory over Galway.

It was not a statistic that Dublin manager Ger Cunningham gave much heed to ahead of the game with Limerick, and at the finish, his composure was justified as the Dubs ran out easy winners.

He could be happy with the first half display, with the Dubs entering the half time interval leading by 0-14 to 0-8.

They were never behind in the opening 35 minutes plus two extra added time. David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan flashed over the opening score of the game after just 20 seconds.

It was answered within a minute by Limerick's ace free-taker Shane Dowling, but from then on, Dublin shaded the exchanges in an open game.

Limerick were unfortunate to lose two men to injury - Cian Lynch replaced Donal O'Grady after just 11 minutes, and stalwart Seamus Hickey had to retire injured in the 34th minute.

Patrickswell's Seanie O'Brien came on for Hickey.

The full back lines of the two teams were largely on top in that half.

Shane Dowling, with 0-5, all from frees, did the bulk of the scoring for the visitors, with Graeme Mulcahy getting two points and sub Lynch the other.

Dublin's best goal chance of the half came in the 32nd minute when defender Richie McCarthy fouled Dotsy O'Callaghan.

Referee Diarmuid Kirwan signalled a penalty, and somewhat to the home surprise, Treacy fired it over the bar for a safe point.

Manager Cunningham wasn't worried - he gave Treacy a thumbs up for playing it safe.

Within two minutes of the re-start Dublin had extended their lead.

First, O'Callaghan made a superb catch from a long high ball, and lashed over a point, and in the 37th minute Mark Schutte broke through to power home a goal.

That brought the Dubs to 1-15 against Limerick's 0-8, and despite Treacy hitting his first wide from a free just after Schutte's goal, the Dubs had momentum in their favour.

Midfielder James Ryan scored Limerick's first point of the half in the 42nd minute, and Paudie O'Brien added another a minute later to reduce the deficit to eight points.

But Dublin were in no mood to ease off.

They almost scored a second goal when sub Colm Cronin, who had replaced Johnny McCaffrey, got in close but his attempt to flick the ball home came off an upright, and in a desperate scramble the Limerick defence cleared the danger.

That was in the 57th minute and despite the let off, Limerick had no answer as the home side kept extending their advantage.

Elsewhere in hurling this evening, late goals from Zane Keenan and Rodd King helped Laois overcome Antrim by 2-18 to 1-13 in Portlaoise in their Division 1B relegation playoff.

The Saffron County will now play either Kerry or Westmeath in their promotion/relegation playoff.

Dublin - G Maguire; C O'Callaghan, P Kelly, P Schutte; J McCaffrey (0-2), C Crummey (0-1) C Keaney; S Durkin, N McMorrow (0-2);  D Sutcliffe (0-2) R O'Dwyer, M Schutte (1-5), D O'Callaghan (0-2) L Rushe (0-1), D Treacy (0-9, 7f,pen)

Subs: P Ryan for D O'Callaghan (45); C Cronin for J McCaffrey (56); D Plunkett for R O'Dwyer (67); C Boland (0-1, blood sub for M Schutte); C McBride for D Sutcliffe (70)

Limerick - N Quaid; S Walsh,  R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O'Brien (0-1), W McNamara, D Morrissey; P Browne, J Ryan (0-1) D Breen, D Hannon, D O'Grady; G Mulcachy (0-4), S Dowling (0-8,7f, 65) S Tobin.

Subs: C Lynch (0-1) for D O'Grady (inj, 11); D Reidy for S Tobin (54); C King for J Ryan (65); T Morrissey (0-1) for G Mulcahy (65)

Ref: D Kirwan (Offaly)

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