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The Laois Twitter reaction as Limerick claim thrilling All Ireland hurling success

Declan Hannon of Limerick lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup following the All Ireland hurling final in 2018

Limerick GAA supporters have known no end of heartache since their last All Ireland final success in 1973.

With the exception of Waterford, no other hurling county has gone as long without winning the Liam McCarthy Cup.

Well they ended that in Croke Park this afternoon, holding off a late Galway challenge to win their first title in 45 years.

Goals from Tom Morrissey and Shane Dowling had them eight points up as the game entered injury time but Galway got two goals in the additional minutes and had the gap back to one. A Graeme Mulcahy point put two between the sides again and it was to prove to be enough.

Joe Canning pointed a ’65 to bring it back to one once more but a free from just outside his own ’45 and near the sideline dropped short and Limerick cleared the danger before the final whistle went.

There was scenes of wild celebration in Croke Park as captain Declan Hannon lifted the trophy and the reaction afterwards on social media was joyous towards a county that has experienced more than its fair share of All Ireland disappointment.

Limerick played eight games to win the All Ireland under the new format with a round robin stage in the provincial championships. They beat Tipperary and Waterford, drew with Cork and lost to Clare to finish third in Munster.

That sent them into the All Ireland series where wins over Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork earned them a final place for the first time since 2007.

They led more or less from the start and were four points up at the break. A powerful surge in the third quarter seemed to set them on their way and while they wobbled briefly, they did enough to get over the line.

We’ve picked out some of the best reaction from Laois folk on Twitter following the game.

Camross girl Elaine Holmes studied in Limerick – and was delighed her home away from home got the job done

The young Limerick centre-forward was absolutely immense in fairness

The Clough-Ballacolla GAA secretary and Laois Cumann na mBunscol chairman was embedded with the Limerick supporters for the day

The Laois IFA chairman nailed his colours firmly to the mast before the game

What list of Laois tweets would be complete without Wooly’s opinion?!!

MJ Tierney wasn’t convinced that Tom Morrissey’s goal – Limerick’s second – should have stood

Declan O’Loughlin was another who was thrilled for the Treaty County

Another Laois girl who was in third level in Limerick has a special place in her heart for John Kiely’s men

We were all thinking it …

Portlaoise man and RTE commentator Pauric Lodge takes inspiration from one of the greatest of all time

Another Laois man in RTE sums up the feelings of pretty much everyone other than Galway supporters

Another Laois journalist on the national stage quoting Limerick manager John Kiely on how he found the last few minutes

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