I know 31 counties think they’ll never hear the end of this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship final, but remember it has been a long, long journey for Limerick. Forty five years. That’s how long it’s taken a proud hurling county to bridge the gap between All-Ireland Hurling Championship wins.

Looking at the age profile of the team, I reckon many of their parents weren’t even born back then. And what a bare knuckle ride this year’s final turned out to be.