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Jamesie O'Connor


Clare will have work cut out to hit the heights again after emptying the tank in thriller against Limerick

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Limerick’s Barry Nash in action against Clare during last Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Limerick’s Barry Nash in action against Clare during last Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Limerick’s Barry Nash in action against Clare during last Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

I was 14 when I attended my first Munster final — Clare v Cork in Killarney in 1986. I travelled with my brother Christy and cousin John. John’s fiancée Maeve, now his soon-to-be-canonised wife, also came along for the occasion. Prince’s newly-released album Parade was the soundtrack all the way down. It’s funny what stays with you.

Unfortunately, there was no joy for Clare. Our motley collection of tickets meant I was on my own in the terrace so I didn’t see a whole lot of the game. I remember more the dangerous crush leaving the stadium afterwards and having to step into someone’s lawn to avoid what had become a frightening experience. Nonetheless, it was still a great occasion.


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