Hurling & Camogie

Limerick v Kilkenny: the tale of the tape before All-Ireland SHC Final

Limerick celebrate winning last year's All-Ireland SHC Final against Kilkenny. Pic Philip Walsh
Limerick celebrate winning last year's All-Ireland SHC Final against Kilkenny. Pic Philip Walsh Limerick celebrate winning last year's All-Ireland SHC Final against Kilkenny. Pic Philip Walsh

PATHS TO THE FINAL:

LIMERICK

• Limerick 1-18 Waterford 0-19 (Munster ‘round robin’)

• Clare 1-24 Limerick 2-20 (Munster ‘round robin’)

• Limerick 0-25Tipperary 0-25 (Munster ‘round robin’)

• Limerick 3-25 Cork 1-30 (Munster ‘round robin’)

• Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-22 (Munster Final)

• Limerick 2-24 Galway 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Played 6, Won 4, Drew 1, Lost 1

TOP SCORERS

1. Aaron Gillane............3-42 (0-29 frees)

2. Diarmuid Byrnes........1-19 (0-13 frees, 1-0 pen)

3. Seamus Flanagan........4-9

4. Tom Morrissey...........0-17 (0-1 free)

5. Cathal O’Neill..............1-10

6. Gearóid Hegarty...........0-8

7. Peter Casey...................0-6

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KILKENNY

• Kilkenny 0-29 Westmeath 0-7 (Leinster ‘round robin’)

• Kilkenny 0-28 Galway 1-25 (Leinster ‘round robin’)

• Kilkenny 5-31 Antrim 3-20(Leinster ‘round robin’)

• Kilkenny 0-27 Dublin 0-21(Leinster ‘round robin’)

• Wexford 4-23 Kilkenny 5-18(Leinster ‘round robin’)

• Kilkenny 4-21 Galway 2-26 (Leinster Final)

• Kilkenny 1-25 Clare 1-22 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1

TOP SCORERS

1. TJ Reid...................2-66 (0-47 frees. 0-6 ‘65s’, 0-1 s/l)

2. Eoin Cody...............4-21

3. Martin Keoghan......5-9

4. Adrian Mullen.......0-15

5. Tom Phelan.............1-9

6. Billy Ryan................0-10

7. Walter Walsh..............1-5

Kilkenny's Huw Lawlor challenged by Limerick's William O'Donoghue. Pic Philip Walsh
Kilkenny's Huw Lawlor challenged by Limerick's William O'Donoghue. Pic Philip Walsh Kilkenny's Huw Lawlor challenged by Limerick's William O'Donoghue. Pic Philip Walsh

PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS

These counties have met 15 times in the championship: Kilkenny have won nine times to Limerick’s six. They have met in nine All-Ireland finals, with Limerick winning five to Kilkenny’s four:

• 2022: Limerick 1-31 Kilkenny 2-26 (All-Ireland Final)

• 2019: Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

• 2018: Limerick 0-27 Kilkenny 1-22 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

• 2017: Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifier)

• 2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

• 2012: Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

• 2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15 (All-Ireland Final)

• 2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

• 1974: Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1973: Limerick 1-21 Kilkenny 1-14 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1940: Limerick 3-7 Kilkenny 1-7 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1936: Limerick 5-6 Kilkenny 1-5 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1935: Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1933: Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6 (All-Ireland Final)

• 1897: Limerick 3-4 Kilkenny 2-4 (All-Ireland Final)

Limerick are bidding to join an exclusive club, occupied by counties that have won four successive All-Ireland titles. Cork (1941-44) and Kilkenny (2006- 2009) are the only ones to have achieved it so far.

John Kiely is in his seventh season as Limerick manager and is bidding to lead them to a fifth All-Ireland win.

LIMERICK’S CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD UNDER JOHN KIELY

..............................P.......W.........D....... L..............Titles

2017......................2........0...........0.........2.................0

2018......................8........6...........1.........1.................All-Ireland

2019......................6........4..........0.........2..................Munster

2020.......................5.......5..........0..........0.................Munster, All-Ireland

2021.......................4........4.........0..........0..................Munster, All-Ireland

2022.......................6.........5.........1..........0.................Munster, All-Ireland

2023.......................6.........4..........1.........1..................Munster

Total......................37......28........3..........6

Kilkenny goalscorer TJ Reid is hoisted into the air after his side beat Galway in the 2015 All-Ireland SHC Final. Picture Colm O'Reilly
Kilkenny goalscorer TJ Reid is hoisted into the air after his side beat Galway in the 2015 All-Ireland SHC Final. Picture Colm O'Reilly Kilkenny goalscorer TJ Reid is hoisted into the air after his side beat Galway in the 2015 All-Ireland SHC Final. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Derek Lyng takes charge of Kilkenny for the first time in an All-Ireland final. He played at midfield against Limerick in the 2007 All-Ireland final which Kilkenny won by 2-19 to 1-15.

For and Against: Kilkenny have scored an average total of 32 points and conceded 25.3 in this year’s championship. Limerick have averaged 26 points and conceded 24.5.

Kilkenny scored a total of 15 goals (five v Antrim and Wexford, four v Galway in the Leinster final and one v Clare. They scored no goals against Westmeath, Galway (‘round robin) or Dublin.

Limerick scored a total of nine goals (three v Cork, two v Clare (‘round robin’) and Galway and one each v Waterford, Clare (Munster final). They scored no goals against Tipperary.

TJ Reid needs a total of six points to become the top scorer in this year’s championship. He is on 2-66 (72 points), five behind Galway’s Evan Niland on 0-77.

Limerick scored an average of 1-32 in their All-Ireland final wins over Waterford, Cork, and Kilkenny in 2020-21-22.

Kilkenny have lost three All-Ireland finals (2016-19-22) since last being successful in 2015. This is their longest gap between All-Ireland wins since 1983-92.

Kilkenny are the only county to have beaten Limerick in a knock-out championship game over the last six seasons, winning the 2019 All-Ireland semi-final by a point.

John Keenan becomes the first Wicklow man to referee the All-Ireland hurling final since Jimmy Hatton took charge of the 1963-66-70 finals.

HOW KILKENNY WON THEIR 36 ALL-IRELAND TITLES

• 1904 – Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8

• 1905 – Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9

• 1907 – Kilkenny 3-12 Cork 4-8

• 1909 – Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12

• 1911 – Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1

• 1912 – Kilkenny 2-1 Cork 1-3

• 1913 – Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2

• 1922 – Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6

• 1932 – Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3

• 1933 – Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6

• 1935 – Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4

• 1939 – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 3-3

• 1947 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 2-7

• 1957 – Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12

• 1963 – Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8

• 1967 – Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7

• 1969 – Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-9

• 1972 – Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11

• 1974 – Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13

• 1975 – Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10

• 1979 – Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8

• 1982 – Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13

• 1983 – Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12

• 1992 – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12

• 1993 – Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15

• 2000 – Kilkenny 5-15 Offaly 1-14

• 2002 – Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19

• 2003 – Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11

• 2006 – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13

• 2007 – Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15

• 2008 – Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13

• 2009 – Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23

• 2011 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16

• 2012 – Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (replay)

• 2014 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (replay)

• 2015 – Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18

Decade-by-decade

• 1900-09: 4

• 1910-19: 3

• 1920-29: 1

• 1930-39: 4

• 1940-49: 1

• 1950-59: 1

• 1960-69: 3

• 1970-79: 4

• 1980-89: 2

• 1990-99: 2

• 2000-09: 7

• 2010-19: 4

HOW LIMERICK WON THEIR 10 ALL-IRELAND TITLES

• 1897: Limerick 3-4 Kilkenny 2-4

• 1918: Limerick 9-5 Wexford 1-3

• 1921: Limerick 8-5 Dublin 3-2

• 1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6

• 1936: Limerick 5-6 Kilkenny 1-5

• 1940: Limerick 3-7 Kilkenny 1-7

• 1973: Limerick 1-21 Kilkenny 1-14

• 2018: Limerick 3-16 Galway 2-18

• 2020: Limerick 0-30 Waterford 0-19

• 2021: Limerick 3-32 Cork 1-22

• 2022: Limerick 1-31 Kilkenny 2-26

ALL-IRELAND SENIOR HURLING ROLL OF HONOUR

36: KILKENNY: (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-

1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-

2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012-2014-2015).

30: Cork (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-

1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-

1990-1999-2004-2005).

28: Tipperary (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-

1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-1962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-

2010-20162-19)

11: LIMERICK (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73-2018-20-21-22).