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Cian Lynch following Limerick's Allianz Hurling League Final win at Croke Park.
Cian Lynch following Limerick's Allianz Hurling League Final win at Croke Park.

Cian Lynch: 'It is about striving to be better'


By Cian O’Connell

Cian Lynch is completely aware that with silverware being accumulated and standards set, these are glorious times for Limerick hurling.

Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Final brought the latest feel good story for Limerick, who delivered a purposeful performance to defeat Waterford at Croke Park.

The Patrickswell contingent contributed hugely to the success with Diarmaid Byrnes, Lynch, and Aaron Gilane all influential figures throughout the spring.

Having enjoyed such a productive 2018, Lynch is thrilled that Limerick delivered during the spring. “It is very satisfying,” Lynch admits. “At this time of the year we knuckled back. After last year there was a lot of talk about the whole thing, but we said we would focus on the League, try to keep the same thing going.

“Thankfully we did because we knew every game in the League was going to be huge. We went down to Ennis, got the draw against Clare, that drove us on because it was tough conditions.

“Coming out for this game against Waterford we were lucky enough to come out with the win in the end. They were honest, they kept going, but any time you are up here in Croke Park it is a massive day. It is great experience for us.

“A lot of the lads it is only their third time playing in Croke Park ever. It is great experience, we are delighted with the win.”

Cian Lynch, Limerick, and Michael Walsh, Waterford, during the Allianz Hurling League Final at Croke Park.
Cian Lynch, Limerick, and Michael Walsh, Waterford, during the Allianz Hurling League Final at Croke Park.

Lynch acknowledges that Limerick were particularly eager to enjoy a productive start to the campaign after sampling glory last August. “It is a huge because we don't want to be known as a one trick pony either,” Lynch states. “I know we won the All Ireland last year, but it is about keeping going, striving to be better.

“That is what we are doing. You have lads pushing each other, new lads are putting their hands up, and a load of lads have been brought into the panel too. So it is about keeping lads honest.

“No team can be satisfied with winning one title or one game it is about driving on, pushing each other, being honest with yourself.

“We don't get the opportunity for too many years to play hurling at the highest level. The way it is gone it is so serious. An injury can end someone's career so it is about enjoying the moments we have and appreciating days like this.”

That is precisely what Limerick intend to do, but an intriguing Munster Championship now beckons according to Lynch. “It is wide open, the Munster Championship you saw last year was unbelievable,” Lynch remarks. “Any team going out playing each other, it was just unbelievable.

“Nobody could predict any game, it is going to be the exact same this year. You have Waterford pushing again, Tipp are backing pushing, Clare and Cork, it is wide open.

“To get out of Munster itself is going to be a massive task. We will be back with the clubs now for the next month with a few rounds of Championship. After that we will focus again, regroup, and hopefully drive on again.”