Fans came from far and wide to see the Limerick hurlers win their first All-Ireland Hurling final in 45 years on August 19th in Croke Park.
The joy in the county is still palpable and the dramatic way in which John Kiely’s side clinched the Liam MacCarthy Cup will not be forgotten for a very very long time.
One man who travelled to see his beloved Limerick break their barren streak was 98-year old John Hunt, who made the trip all the way from Chicago.
Hunt has been in Chicago for the last 70 years and was there in 1936 and 1940 to see Limerick’s historic All-Ireland triumphs.
On Friday night Hunt was in the audience of The Late Late Show to watch John Kiely and Declan Hannon talk about their remarkable year with Ryan Tubridy.
The 98-year old was then introduced to the panel and spoke about his memories from 1936 and his sheer joy at seeing his beloved Limerick getting to lift the Liam MacCarthy once again.
“If St. Peter gets me at the gate,” Hunt beamed. “I couldn’t be happier.”
There was then a fantastic moment as Hunt asked to hold the cup, visibly loving every second he had his hands on it.
He was then presented with a fantastic memento by Limerick captain Declan Hannon, the sliotar from the final victory.