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Biggest Club Hurling Rivalry In Limerick

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Question - what would be regarded as the most intense club rivalry in Limerick above all others?
Patrickswell-Ballybrown? Or are there other more enduring rivalries?

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 17/04/2019 20:18:16    2179358

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Ahane v Treaty Sarsfields.. that's a historic one. I'd say it's some of the rivalries out west in the junior clubs . In senior the Well and Ballybrown for sure but Kilmallock v Na Piarsaigh is big.

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1138 - 17/04/2019 21:15:13    2179370

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Na piarsaigh v doon is a huge rivalry granted not an historic one

someday (Limerick) - Posts: 1072 - 17/04/2019 23:08:58    2179388

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Replying To bloodyban:  "Ahane v Treaty Sarsfields.. that's a historic one. I'd say it's some of the rivalries out west in the junior clubs . In senior the Well and Ballybrown for sure but Kilmallock v Na Piarsaigh is big."
Kilmallock v na piarsaigh is only a passing thing surely and wont last. I never knew sarsfeilds and ahane was a thing but im completely ignorant to the politics of either club so would love to hear the story. Pats vs Claughaun would be the big one historicaly in the city.

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 233 - 18/04/2019 00:19:40    2179395

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Cappamore and Doon was another fierce rivalry for a long time - Doon always finding it difficult against their smaller neighbors.

McFan88 (Limerick) - Posts: 351 - 18/04/2019 10:25:12    2179409

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Ironic that they've now amalgamated but Kildimo v Pallaskenry was a bit of a war zone in their day..

skillet (Limerick) - Posts: 572 - 18/04/2019 11:39:20    2179427

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the one that was the biggest to me but has faded in recent yrs was the askeaton croagh rivalry in the 90's what battles they used to have ......

munsterchamps (Limerick) - Posts: 800 - 18/04/2019 12:57:42    2179434

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Replying To skillet:  "Ironic that they've now amalgamated but Kildimo v Pallaskenry was a bit of a war zone in their day.."
Glenroe vs. Blackrock (Kilfinane/Ardpatrick), back in the day, late 70's/early 80's could bring 4000-5000 spectators to Kilmallock or Knocklong. Ferocious individual battles partook back then; the likes of Eddie McGrath vs Pad Moloney, MJ Coffey vs. Jackie McCarthy, Pat Heffernan (senior) vs. Mike Daly, or about just about anyone else that was ever pitted against Daly.

It might have been less refined than hurling today, and perhaps folks had far less other things to occupy their free time, but the frevour and intensity of those junior hurling games in South Limerick was a joy and a passion to behold. Folk from West Tipperary (Aherlow and Galbally), from North Cork (Kildorrery, Kilbehenny, and all around Mitchelstown) would throng to those games back then.

Things have drastically changed in the intervening years.

shoulderghost (Limerick) - Posts: 794 - 18/04/2019 13:12:49    2179435

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Replying To Scealta:  "Question - what would be regarded as the most intense club rivalry in Limerick above all others?
Patrickswell-Ballybrown? Or are there other more enduring rivalries?"
The Well versus Ballybrown is not a rivalry. Ballybrown has never beaten Patrickswell in championship to my recollection so you can't call that a rivalry. It's more like a subjugation.

Dealer (Limerick) - Posts: 675 - 18/04/2019 16:10:24    2179463

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Replying To Dealer:  "The Well versus Ballybrown is not a rivalry. Ballybrown has never beaten Patrickswell in championship to my recollection so you can't call that a rivalry. It's more like a subjugation."
Ballybrown and subjugation you must be joking?

StandingBear (Limerick) - Posts: 256 - 18/04/2019 16:50:13    2179470

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Replying To shoulderghost:  "Glenroe vs. Blackrock (Kilfinane/Ardpatrick), back in the day, late 70's/early 80's could bring 4000-5000 spectators to Kilmallock or Knocklong. Ferocious individual battles partook back then; the likes of Eddie McGrath vs Pad Moloney, MJ Coffey vs. Jackie McCarthy, Pat Heffernan (senior) vs. Mike Daly, or about just about anyone else that was ever pitted against Daly.

It might have been less refined than hurling today, and perhaps folks had far less other things to occupy their free time, but the frevour and intensity of those junior hurling games in South Limerick was a joy and a passion to behold. Folk from West Tipperary (Aherlow and Galbally), from North Cork (Kildorrery, Kilbehenny, and all around Mitchelstown) would throng to those games back then.

Things have drastically changed in the intervening years."
The same with Tour and Killeedy in the West in the seventies and eighties, with around 3,000 in Drum or NCW on West Final days. Drum and Feoghanagh was another fixture always guaranteed to stir the blood in days gone by

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 2213 - 18/04/2019 21:25:10    2179502

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Replying To Breezy:  "Kilmallock v na piarsaigh is only a passing thing surely and wont last. I never knew sarsfeilds and ahane was a thing but im completely ignorant to the politics of either club so would love to hear the story. Pats vs Claughaun would be the big one historicaly in the city."
Just after finishing up the Mick Mackey Story. Treaty Sarsfields and Ahane were having serious rows going back to the 30s. Double decker buses used to carry Treaty fans to games in Ahane and only those known to be well able to handle themselves would be let on the bus. Mackey's last game for Ahane was against them in the early 50s and they say he was sickened after it. Came off the field covered in blood. People there said it was the most violent game they'd seen.

LondainBhoy (UK) - Posts: 5 - 19/04/2019 20:42:55    2179613

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Problem is there's very few who can vouch for the intensity of this rivalry. Can we agree its ballybrown and patrickswell then?

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 20/04/2019 18:50:27    2179674

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Replying To Scealta:  "Problem is there's very few who can vouch for the intensity of this rivalry. Can we agree its ballybrown and patrickswell then?"
Its in the history books mate. Treaty Sarsfields from Thomondgate v Ahane used have 10,000 plus at the game. The rivalry lasted 30 years. The Treaty Sarsfield 'soda cakes' should never have been let disband. Theres still a reluctance to accept Na Piarsaigh in Thomondgate today.

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1138 - 21/04/2019 16:28:31    2179748

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Replying To bloodyban:  "Its in the history books mate. Treaty Sarsfields from Thomondgate v Ahane used have 10,000 plus at the game. The rivalry lasted 30 years. The Treaty Sarsfield 'soda cakes' should never have been let disband. Theres still a reluctance to accept Na Piarsaigh in Thomondgate today."
Club gaa is almost non existant in the minds of most people in Thomandgate or Moyross. Talk of the current club championship would be non existant so im not sure its a reluctance but more non interest or non awareness

Thanks for the info on the ahane rivalry too. Heard stories of football expliots quite often but never Treaty hurling

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 233 - 21/04/2019 18:03:50    2179759

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South Liberties Patrickswell was big in the 70s and 80s by all accounts. Liberites Fedamore was a big one historically too.

blackspot91 (Limerick) - Posts: 950 - 22/04/2019 04:23:50    2179795

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Bruree and Kilmallock in 70's and early 80's - Bernie Savage v Jim O'Brien etc - remember a few thousand showing up for their retirement/final game, both were still playing about 3 yrs later!! ........ This was a time when winners and losers of divisional went through to county - think Bruree won 3 South championships in a row and Klmallock won 3 county titles.

Rivalry went into 90's with drawn county senior final and replay, Kilmallock have pulled away since but Bruree always rise to the Kilmallock challenge

LimkABU (Limerick) - Posts: 40 - 23/04/2019 12:19:51    2179899

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Killeedy Tour is huge


The grandmother RIP was a killeedy woman with god in her heart and charity in her mind



SHE F*KIN HATED TOUR!

Liamwalkinstown (Dublin) - Posts: 8085 - 08/05/2019 12:30:15    2182450

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I'd be of the opinion that rivalries in general would be much more diluted affairs these days than they used to be back in the day. That's probably due to a variety of reasons, with the biggest reason I think, being that players are more worldly aware that the be-all-and-end-all of everything doesn't revolve around their little parish, their once-a-year championship clash with their neighbours, and the rousing, but often non-sensical words spewing from the mouth of a manager, invariably a former club 'hard man' back in his day!

shoulderghost (Limerick) - Posts: 794 - 08/05/2019 13:29:54    2182473

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Caherline and Kilteely in the east, been a big rivalry between them for many years, every year they play each other there is a gaurentee of fights and at least 2 red cards a game. Rivalry will be gone soon though as they are joined in underage, but it's well and truly there in the junior ranks!

MunsterChampion (Limerick) - Posts: 76 - 17/05/2019 10:24:34    2184826

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