Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler set challenge to the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Colm Kelleher ahead of Limerick v Cork match in Croke Park.
Following a spirited exchange of letters, the first citizens of Limerick and Cork met today on the border of both counties to raise their hurleys for a friendly one-to-one following a challenge by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler is confident the Liam MacCarthy Cup will be staying put Shannonside, said: “It’s wonderful to see that we can all come together in the true spirit of sport to celebrate the game of hurling, while still be fervent supporters of our county teams.
“Limerick people at home and abroad have been supporting this Limerick hurling team for many years and they are truly witnessing a golden era of Limerick hurling. The Greening of Limerick has seen buildings, home and even castles going green to show their support for the team.
“All of Limerick is behind you. We are united with you and in your desire to be the best.
"Win, lose or draw we are very proud of you as a team who embodies what Limerick has become, a county and city of ambition, skill and hard work!
"The teams’ drive, commitment, grace under pressure and self-belief has made them one of the greatest hurling teams, who we are all confident will win out on Sunday.
Ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher said: “Today we put our differences aside to celebrate sportsmanship and to support our respective teams.
“We’re all so proud of our inspirational Cork hurling team and the hard work they’ve put in to bring us all together this Sunday for what will no doubt be a gripping edge-of-the-seat match.
“I’m calling on the people of Cork to show your support and celebrate our great hurling team by ‘Painting the town red’ - get out and decorate your homes and light up your businesses and public buildings! Let’s make sure the Liam MacCarthy Cup feels right at home! Corcaigh Abú!”