Munster's loss is Rower Inistioge's gain
The Munster Council would, no doubt, have liked if Clare had levelled it up against Limerick last Sunday to set up a lucrative replay.
However, it was probably the last thing Brian Cody and Kilkenny wanted, as it would have forced the cancellation of the Kilkenny v Limerick tournament game in Inistioge on Sunday evening (7.00).
Unusually, Kilkenny's League campaign ended in late March, leaving 12 weeks to their championship opener against Wexford or Westmeath on June 21.
That makes Sunday's game with Limerick quite important, both in terms of assisting in team selection and also getting a sense of how the squad is functioning.
It should ensure a large crowd for what will be a special occasion for the Rower Inistioge club, home to the legendary Eddie Keher, as it marks the official opening of various facilities.
It also marks the 60th anniversary of the amalgamation between the two clubs in the parish.
Limerick's win over Clare will add further interest to the game, especially as they ran Kilkenny so close in last year's All-Ireland semi-final.