To be young is very heaven for these Limerick hurlers

Limerick hurlers Shane Downling (holding the John Daly cup), Declan Hannon (holding the Liam MacCarthy cup), and Cian Lynch (holding the Allianz national hurling league trophy). Photo by Diarmuid Greene

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven, as Wordsworth mused in reference to the Limerick hurling set-up in the spring of 2019.

How much fun must it be to be a Limerick hurler right now? Barely out of short trousers and already immortal. The average age of their All-Ireland winning starting 15 was just 23 and that’s including wizened old Graeme Mulcahy (28) and decrepit geriatric Nicky Quaid (29).

To make you feel really old, the birth dates of the rest of Limerick’s hurling heroes neatly span the entirety of the Britpop years, Declan Hannon arriving into the world to the strains of Suede’s eponymous 1992 debut, while Seamus Flanagan presumably made his first gurgling noises accompanied by Manic Street Preachers’ 1998 feelgood hit ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’.

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