Lárionad CLG na Gaillimhe at Loughgeorge, today hosted the launch of the 2013 All-Ireland Hurling Series as the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup intensifies.
Representatives from all six remaining competing counties were present in Galway as the battle for the title currently held by All-Ireland champions Kilkenny, hots up.
Michael Fennelly, from the defending champions, was joined in Galway by Niall Corcoran (Dublin), Fergal Moore (Galway), Paul Browne (Limerick), Lorcan McLoughlin (Cork) and John Conlon (Clare).
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill wished the remaining counties every success in their pursuit of the All-Ireland title and expressed the belief that hurling supporters will be treated to an intriguing conclusion to what has already been an incredible championship.
He said: “The 2013 championship has already been one to savour with huge breakthrough successes for counties such as Limerick and Dublin and some excellent games along the way to the quarter-final stage.
“Our championships illuminate the summer for so many people and the hurling one in particular has not been found wanting in terms of drama, excitement, colour and passion.
“As arguably one of the most open hurling championships of recent seasons the concluding stages should be no less fascinating than what has gone before.”
If the need for replays does not arise, there are five remaining games in the GAA Hurling Championship.
The weekend after next Cork face Kilkenny and neighbours Galway and Clare go head to head in a Thurles double header.
Leinster and Munster champions Dublin and Limerick await the winners of those fixtures at the semi-final stage before the All-Ireland final pairing for September 8 will be known. –
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