Limerick beat Kilkenny in the Championship for the first time since 1973 but star forward Tom Morrissey says the current side didn’t bear that "baggage".
The 0-27 to 1-22 win at Semple Stadium sets up a semi-final against Munster champions Cork at the end of the month.
"Maybe it’s the talk of the young batch coming through, we don’t carry any of that baggage with us, we’re a different group of players, we want to write our own history," the Ahane man told RTÉ Sport.
"We just go out and express ourselves. Release the shackles, play with passion and work hard for each other. There’s a great bond there and that carries us over the line.
"I’m not sure if it’s a weight lifted off, we’re not really a group with any burdens. Our prize was to get to Croke Park and we’ve achieved that."
Morrissey was responsible for four of the Treaty total, including the equalising and winning scores soon after the Cats had taken the lead through a late Richie Hogan goal.
"Looking back they were probably important scores," he conceded.
"What was going through my head at the time was when you get a set-back like that is just get your hands on the ball as soon as possible and don’t let them gain any momentum.
"Luckily the two of them went over, it was tricky conditions.
"The one straight after the goal slipped off the hurley but it just had the legs to get over.
"It didn’t allow them to kick on and luckily we got three points to regain the lead and out them on the back foot. They had to chase a goal."
On the 29 July meeting with Cork, with whom they drew during the Munster Championship, Morrissey said: "I think the space of Croke Park will definitely suit us [but] we have to put the occasion of playing in Croke Park to one side."