Shane O'Donnell is raring to go ahead of Clare's Munster SHC quarter-final clash with Limerick on Sunday, which will be his first championship appearance since scoring a hat-trick in the 2013 All-Ireland final.

A hamstring injury kept O'Donnell out of last season's Munster semi-final defeat to Cork and subsequent shock qualifier exit to Wexford.

"I'm looking forward to Sunday. I really can't wait. It'll be my first championship game in a long time at senior," he told RTÉ Sport's Brian Carthy at the launch of the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 All-Ireland Hurling Championship today.

"The year after [winning in 2013] was very difficult. The league went pretty well. I felt very confident coming in to the championship but got hit with a couple of injuries and didn't get to play at all. It was fairly devastating."

One thing he didn't miss however, was the attention that came with being an All-Ireland winning hero at the age of just 19.

"How did I deal with it? I just tried to avoid it basically," he said. "I'm not good with that kind of stuff. Thankfully, it's kind of gone away.

"I don't like being the centre of attention. I'd rather stick to myself and I really struggled with that for a while alright. 

"I felt I couldn't go anywhere, or do what I wanted to do a lot of the time. There would always be someone with a camera or someone talking. I couldn't be myself."

The attention this week is firmly focused on the meeting of neighbours Clare and Limerick, however, with O'Donnell under no illusion as to the task the Banner face.

"The hype coming up to these games is second to none. The All-Ireland semi-final a couple of years ago was almost the biggest game we played because it was against Limerick. It's always a massive occasion.

"They're a fantastic team and in last year's championship they were only narrowly beaten by the All-Ireland champions.

"They're an unbelievable team and hopefully we'll be able to put it up to them."

Clare suffered relegation from Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League this year but O'Donnell was one of their standout performers (scoring 2-0) in their narrow play-off defeat to Kilkenny.

He believes that Clare's performances were better than they were given credit for and that Davy Fitzgerald's side are ready to bounce back.

"It was disappointing that we got relegated but I don't think we were that bad," he said.

"It was blown out of proportion but obviously the results weren't on our side.

"Since the league we've really tied together well and done some really tough training. We're really looking forward to the challenge." 

Follow Clare v Limerick from 3.30pm via our live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player or worldwide via GAAGO and RTÉ Radio 1.

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