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Clare hurlers to face Limerick in Munster quarter-final

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Brian Lohan’s Clare senior hurlers have discovered who they will face in the knockout Munster championship.

Clare will take on 2018 All-Ireland champions Limerick in the Munster SHC quarter-finals with the winner securing a date with reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the provincial semi-finals.

In what will be the first championship outing for Brian Lohan as Clare boss, the tie which is pencilled in for October 24th/25th also reunites Limerick coach, Paul Kinnerk against his former side. Shannon’s Alan Cunningham and Aonghus O’Brien of Broadford are currently part of the Treaty County’s management team.

The meeting of Clare v Limerick will also double up as the National League final for this year. GAA officials confirmed on Friday morning that the NHL would not be concluded in 2020 and instead named Limerick as Division 1A champions and Clare as Division 1B winners.

Speaking on Friday, Director General of the GAA Tom Ryan confirmed that county teams that have already resumed training would not face a penalty. This is despite September 14th being set as the date by the Association for when inter-county sides are allowed to return to training with players supposed to be left with their clubs prior to this date.

Ryan stated, “It hasn’t been a summer for penalties and for sanctions and I’m not really sure that’s the right realm for this thing either”. He added, “We’ll be asking people to abide by those because they’re the right thing to do. If there’s a second stage required in terms of sanctions and penalties and so on, yeah of course we’ll look at that. But that’s not one for today”.

GAA President, John Horan confirmed that they had no intentions of issuing penalties at present. “We’d like people to call them out but we’re not actually intending to impose any penalties”.

Munster SHC:

Quarter-Final:
Limerick v Clare

Semi-Finals:
Cork v Waterford
Tipperary v Clare/Limerick

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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