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A Great Limerick Football Side
In 1991 the open draw was introduced to the Munster football championship allowing Cork and Kerry to be drawn at the same side of the championship, rather than being seeded to meet in the final. As it happened they were drawn together that year, allowing Limerick, Waterford or Tipperary the opportunity to reach the Munster football final. Limerick enlisted the services of Kerryman John O’Keeffe to coach them and reached the final in Killarney, losing narrowly by 0-23 to 3-12. The team that lined out that day were an excellent combination of players, and there are many who believe they would beat the current Limerick football team.
A native of the Oola club, he became a teacher and is currently based in Galway. He became immersed in coaching in that county, and was in charge of the Galway minor football team in the late 1990’s. A current selector with the Galway ladies football team, his brother Patrick was on the Limerick minor football team that reached the 1997 Munster final.
Eugene Leonard (RIP):
An outstanding servant to the game of football, he played much of his football with the Castleisland Desmonds club in County Kerry where he was based as a Garda. His brother Noel who was a Limerick senior hurler in the mid 80’s was also on the panel for 1991 Munster final and both originally played with the Monaleen Club in Limerick.
Another Garda and a native of the Kilcornan area near Askeaton. A superb full back, he would have been at his very best in 1988 when Limerick faced Cork in Askeaton. He tore knee ligaments soon afterwards meaning that by 1991 he was only a shadow of the player he once was. He still acquitted himself well though, and it is a testament to his resilience that he recovered from his injury to play at the highest level again.
A former coaching officer with Limerick GAA, he is now self-employed. Originally a Monaleen man, he is now heavily involved with the newly formed neighbouring Milford club. His brother John is a prominent sportswriter with the Limerick edition of the Evening Echo.
Based in Clonakilty where his man of the match performance inspired them to victory in the Cork Senior Football championship of 1996. He was midfield in that game, but lined out at wing back in the 1991 Munster final. A dogged and wholehearted player he always gave 100% to the cause.
Browne was based with Ballymun Kickhams in Dublin in 1991. A solid centre back who originally played for Na Piarsaigh in Limerick. The travelling from Limerick curtailed his involvement post 1991.
The ginger haired warrior from St Kieran’s was captain for the final Affectionately known as Fox, he comes from a farming background and played some Rugby with Bandon RFC while working down there in the 1980’s.
A native of Oola, he played his club football in Dublin at that time, but returned to play for Oola in the mid 1990’s reaching a county semi final in 1997. A towering midfielder, he played his last game for Limerick that same year.
Probably the greatest footballer to represent Limerick at any level, Quane was a fresh faced 20 year old in 1991. Despite being the best Limerick performer in their defeat to Derry this summer, he has retired from inter county football. His loss incalculable to the side and is one of only two Limerick players to tour Australia with the Irish compromise rules team.
The Newcastlewest man who was no stranger to the oval ball made a name for himself by scoring 2 outstanding goals that day. He was inspirational as Newcastlewest won the county title the following year.
Better known for his rugby prowess, his physical strength brought an added dimension to the team. He played in the centre for Ireland in rugby and captained them on a number of occasions. He didn’t travel to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa due to business reasons, but was assistant to Warren Gatland at the 1999 World Cup. A shrew businessman, he is involved in fast food outlets in Limerick city.
Called into the team at the 11th hour in place of Dan Larkin who got injured the week before the final. From the Hospital Herbertstown club, he also played Hurling with Limerick, lining out against Wexford in the League semi final of 1993. A brother to Andy and Liam Garvey who were on the Limerick team that won the 1992 Hurling league title.
The left legged silver fox was one of the greatest forwards ever to grace a Limerick football field. Originally from the Galbally club he was with Parnells of Dublin in 1991. He returned to win a county title with Galbally in 1994, but departed to win a county title with St Sylvesters of Dublin in 1996. He played his last game for Limerick in 1998 against Tipperary. However he went on to win an All Ireland masters title with Dublin a couple of years back and still plays at that level. His company Omega Security recently installed the state of the art security camera system in Croke Park.
The Claughaun mane was better known as a Limerick hurler, but was equally talented at both codes. He had all but retired from the inter-county arena until the persuasive skills of selector Johnny Wallace brought him into the fold. He was one of the stars of that Munster final scoring 0-4 from play and prompting Kerry to call Tom Spillane out of retirement for the All Ireland Semi Final against Down.
The well-known Oola businessman scored an early penalty in the game to give Limerick the lead. In a fools day prank this year he was named in the Limerick senior football team for a league game by Mal Keaveney on 95fm, setting tongues wagging throughout the county. He was a hurler of note representing Doon for many years, and he still lines out with Oola in the intermediate football championship using his experience to guide a youthful outfit. A possible successor to Liam Kerins as the next Limerick senior manager.
The St Kierans clubman was best known as a rugby player excelling with Garryowen in the AIL in the full back position. He was due to play at wing forward in the 1991 Munster final but got injured the week before the game in training. In the words of one selector of that time he was a huge loss to the side, possibly the difference between losing and winning the game.
Affectionately known as Finty, the grey haired Askeaton forward came on as a substitute in the 1991 Munster final and scored a point. A legendary figure in Limerick club circles he was involved in the Limerick masters hurling team in recent years. His brother Haulie is a well-known referee who has officiated at Intercounty level.
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