Rising Limerick star Cian Lynch is hoping to emulate his uncles Ciaran and Pa Carey by lining out for the Treaty County in this year's Munster Hurling Championship.

Wing-forward Lynch broke into the Limerick side during this year's Allianz Hurling League and is in contention to make his championship debut against Clare in Sunday's Munster SHC quarter-final (4pm).

Speaking at the launch of the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship in Glendalough yesterday, Lynch told RTÉ Sport: "It was a dream growing up to wear the Limerick jersey. I looked up to the likes of Henry Shefflin and the uncles and I always wanted to be like them.

"I got the opportunity at minor and Under-21s and hopefully some day I’ll get the call on to the pitch at senior."

The 19-year-old was only six months old when uncle Ciaran scored a memorable point against Clare in the 1996 Munster Championship.

"Growing up I was always going watching the uncles play, be it club or county," he said.

"Back in ’96, the mother always tells a great story: Ciaran got a point against Clare to win the match. I was only born in ’96 and I was on her breast and she threw me up. She forgot to catch me. I don’t remember that!

"I have watched it over and over again. Micheal O Muircheartaigh’s commentary makes it - It’s brilliant.

"I was always watching the uncles play and aspiring to get up to wear the green jersey and follow in their shoes."

Lynch, who captained the county's minors to the All-Ireland final last year, said "physicality and speed" were the biggest differences in the step-up to senior hurling.

"In minors you get the ball and you have time to look around. In senior if you look left or right you’re getting a slap," he said. "It's the speed and the physicality; you have to be much quicker on the ball and aware of your surroundings.

"At the start, during the league, I was wondering to myself, ‘am I up to this?’ You keep going, keep digging deep and keep battling on. Give it 100% and if that’s not good enough, then it’s not good enough.

"The last few years you are looking at these lads, the likes of Shane Dowling and Declan Hannon, you are looking up to these lads and thinking ‘Will I ever play with them?’ and six months later you are in the same dressing room looking around.

"They are all sound, they have been very good, bring you in, puck around and give you advice about how to fit in properly. Everyone is on the same boat."

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