JP’s Cheltenham treat for Treaty hurlers

Limerick’s senior hurlers will enjoy a trip to Cheltenham next month, courtesy of team sponsor JP McManus.

JP’s Cheltenham treat for Treaty hurlers

As a reward for their endeavours this year, when they reached a second successive Munster final and pushed would-be champions Kilkenny to the brink in the All-Ireland semi-final, TJ Ryan and his men will enjoy the autumn open festival in the Cotswolds on the weekend of November 14-16.

The three-day National Hunt meeting is one of the most popular horse-racing trips for inter-county players.

As well as manager Ryan, several of the Limerick panel such as Gavin O’Mahony, Shane Dowling and Seanie Tobin are keen followers of the sport. The trio are members of the Limerick (sic) syndicate which own the Eamonn O’Connell-trained Sassaway.

Martinstown billionaire McManus, who funds the county teams via his philanthropic Sporting Limerick initiative, is known for several acts of generosity towards Limerick teams and the county board. Ten years ago, he presented the board with a gift of €4 million towards the cost of the Gaelic Grounds’ development.

In May of last year, Limerick and Kilkenny played a challenge game to mark the official opening of the Staker Wallace club outside Kilmallock. McManus funded the construction of the club’s new grounds, having bought land from them to increase the size of his stud. The game also marked the 40-year anniversary of Limerick’s last All-Ireland victory and McManus kitted out both teams as well as those from the 1973 teams in new suits before hosting a banquet in his home for them. McManus became the jersey sponsor of Limerick GAA in 2004, succeeding the Moran Hotel Group.

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