Cusack Park, Sunday 17 June, 2pm

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1.30pm

Live and exclusive national commentary on Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1, from Brian Carthy and John Mullane. 

The Sunday Game Live on RTÉ 2 from 1.30 pm will have expert analysis from Henry Shefflin and Liam Sheedy, with live and exclusive commentary from Ger Canning and Michael Duignan.

Past 5 Championship Meetings
2017 Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2016 Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2015 Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Form Guide
Before this expanded championship began there was a feeling that Limerick hurlers could be the ones to watch this year. That prediction is well placed now, with many believing that they are in next in line to challenge Galway at the head of the betting for the All-Ireland.

After a spring where they finally got out of Division 2, the Shannonsiders then defeated Sunday's opponents in the league's first free-taking competition in the Division 1 quarter-final, before narrowly losing to Tipperary in the semi-final.

So far in this round-robin, they have comfortably accounted for Tipp and Waterford and showed no little resolve when drawing with Cork on Leeside a fortnight ago, that following the dismissal of Aaron Gillane in the opening half. 

As for the challenge that lies ahead at Cusack Park, manager John Kiely told the Irish Examiner: "We are effectively in a Munster semi-final against Clare and want to continue the level of performance that we have been putting in.

"Ourselves and Clare have had a lot of encounters at championship level in recent times and it’s fair to say that they have had the upper hand. It’s a formidable challenge.

"Home advantage is a plus (for Calre) but there are opportunities for teams to get a win on the road. We have shown that we can travel well this year and the lads are familiar with playing in Ennis."

"It’s simply going to be down to the performance on Sunday and hanging in there until the last 10 minutes and see if we have the will to push on at that stage."

It's 20 years since Clare last reigned supreme in Munster and while that fact may irk many in the land of the Banner, perhaps what is more vexing is that since they won that glorious All-Ireland in 2013, the county hasn't really sparkled at all in summer combat.

They began their quest to put that right with a defeat against Cork, but recovered well to easily account for Waterford.

And then came last Sunday.

Peter Duggan landed two points deep into stoppage time to secure a dramatic victory for Clare and send Tipperary crashing out of the 2018 championship. 

At one point, Clare were eight points down, and it's fair to say there were second best to a Premier outfit who finally were finding some summer groove. Clare's surging finish will no doubt have them buoyed up for meeting their neighbours on their home patch. 

On the heart shown, Peter Duggan told The Sunday Game: "At a good few stages of the game Tipp were well on top of us. It just shows the heart that's in this team that we kept coming back.

"We dug deep. It's brilliant to get a result. It's the first time in along time we got a result down below in Tipp. Clare haven't travelled greatly over the last few years, since 2013 (when they lifted Liam MacCarthy).

"The crowd that came out here today, they really helped. Hearing the Banner roar for the first time in a long time really helped us drive on in this game

"We had to win both games, this game and the Limerick game, to get into the final.

"That's what we want to do. We want to win every game form now on. We'll train as hard as we can and get as many results as we can."

The permutations 

The onus will be on Clare to get something tangible, to cut to the chase, victory will see them through to a consecutive Munster decider.  

A defeat, coupled with Cork losing against Waterford, would see them miss out on a provincial final date owing to the head-to-head ruling with the Rebels. However, parity against John Kiely's would be sufficient if the Déise finish their campaign on a high or even earn point.   

Limerick know that a defeat and a win for Cork would see them heading to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final round. A draw would be good enough to see the Shannonsiders advance to their first Munster final since 2014. 

Stalemate in both games on Sunday would result in a Limerick-Cork decider.

Did you know
This will be the fourth successive year and the sixth time in seven years the counties have met in the championship.

It's the 56th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 35 to Clare’s 19, with one draw, from the previous encounters.

The draw was in 1970.

The sides have met twice already this year, with Limerick winning both. They won the Munster League final by 0-16 to 0-10 in January and on a ’65 shoot-out after the sides finished level following extra-time (Limerick 4-21 Clare 0-33) in the Allianz League quarter-final.

Richie Power's view

"I can see Limerick having a big summer and I think they, along with possibly Cork, are the main contenders to Galway at the present moment. I think Limerick will shade it, but I fancy Clare to navigate their way past either Joe McDonagh finalists in the quarter-final preliminary to take their place in the last eight."

Sunday will start off dry in the east with some bright or sunny spells. Outbreaks of rain will develop in the west and spread eastwards. Amounts will be small. For more go to