Limerick's success in this year's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final brought relief, joy and pride to a county renowned for its love of sport.

The 45 year wait, and the agonising last moments of extra time as Galway chiselled away at Limerick's lead, made supporters appreciate the win all the more.

It has been said that you do not feel winter when your county has won an All-Ireland final. That is true. Limerick people are basking in the warm glow of victory, and reliving their memories of the match.

It was with great delight that I set off home to Limerick to interview supporters about their memories of the day for a radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Conor Lavery, who was taking part in a Cúl Camp in Adare,  featured in a TV report ahead of the match. 

"We beat them in the League, we'll beat them on Sunday. Limerick is going to bring back the Liam MacCarthy Cup."

His confidence in the team's ability won the hearts of Limerick supporters.

I had to interview Conor, and find out what he thought of the match.

It turned out Conor didn't get a ticket for the final, and instead watched it at home with his family. It was his seventh birthday, the day before the match and all his friends came to a party at his home in Granagh, wearing Limerick jerseys.  His birthday cake, made by his aunty, was green and white and featured hurleys and goalposts.

He described, in detail, his excitement as the match progressed and how he cried when Conor Whelan and Joe Canning scored two goals in the closing minutes.

Valerie Lynch, a life-long Limerick hurling supporter, and mother of Hurler of the Year, Cian Lynch, agreed to be interviewed and share her memories of the day. 

Valerie never doubted that Limerick would win, and began making her way down the steps of the Hogan Stand of Croke Park, intent on running onto the pitch at the final whistle.

The referee added eight minutes of extra time. Valerie did not miss a minute of the action, with every step down towards the field.

She describes how a group of Ballybrown supporters recognised her as Cian Lynch's mother and lifted her over a barrier onto the pitch when the whistle rang out around the stadium to the sheer joy of Limerick fans.

Valerie approached a steward and said, "One minute, one hug and I'll come back." She describes hugging her son, a new All-Ireland champion, before the cup was presented to team captain, Declan Hannon.

I asked Valerie was she proud of her son.

"Pure proud," she said.

"Pure proud that Limerick had done it. Finally we are over the hurdle. The pain is gone."

And there was the title of the documentary – 'Limerick: Pure Proud'.