Limerick manager TJ Ryan confirmed that 2013 Munster SHC winning captain Donal O'Grady has retired from inter-county hurling after the Treaty County's win over Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling League.
The 35-year-old defender made 46 championship appearances for the county.
Two-second half goals proved vital, as Limerick claimed a 3-17 to 0-18 win over Cork in Mallow.
Aided by a strong wind assistance, the visitors led by 1-11 to 0-11 at half-time, with Graeme Mulcahy netting their goal, and Declan Hannon firing six first-half points.
Mulcahy’s goal came after 18 minutes following a great pass from Cian Lynch.
Pa Cronin kept the home side in touch, but the Shannonsiders finished well, with goals from Hannon and Darragh O’Donovan on the way to an eight-point win.
Clare advanced to the decider following a 1-20 to 1-09 win over Waterford at the WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore.
The visitors led by 1-12 to 1-03 at half-time, with David Reidy netting the Banner's early goal to hand them a 1-02 to 0-01 lead after 13 minutes.
Clare moved 1-06 to 0-02 ahead on 21 minutes before Andy Molomby netted a 26th-minute Waterford goal, after good work by Thomas Ryan.
The visitors added eight points in the second period to seal the victory.
Clare will play Cork in Munster football’s pre-season McGrath Cup final even though neither of them kicked a ball at the weekend.
Both had already won their two games in their respective groups so Sunday’s games were largely irrelevant.
In Group 1, already headed by the Banner County, a strong Kerry side beat Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-10 at Sean Treacy Park in Tipp town.
Aided by a strong wind assistance, and with good contributions from Barry John Keane and Alan Fitzgerald, Eamon Fitzmaurice’s side stormed to a six-point interval lead, while also adding five first-half wides.
Keane finished with five points, with Fitzgerald (0-03), David Moran and Philip O’Connor (0-02 each) also among the winners scorers.
In Group 2, which Cork had already won, Waterford pulled off a 2-07 to 0-07 win away over Limerick in Rathkeale.
Goals were key, with Donie Breathnach netting Waterford’s opening goal and Paul White getting their second on the way to a six-point win.
The McGrath Cup final between Clare and the Rebels will be on Friday night, 22 January, under lights in Mallow.