Limerick's All-Ireland hurling winning captain Declan Hannon was quick to praise the efforts of his colleagues and all the work put in since the squad met up at a boxing camp last winter.

The Shannonsiders held off a late surge from Galway to finally end a 45-year wait for Liam MacCarthy and Hannon was clearly delighted when he spoke to RTÉ Sport after he accepted the cup.

"We all played out this scenario in our heads when we were four or five years old and I'm thrilled for the boys as they effort put in was second to none," he said.  

"All the young lads that came in were so composed. They brought in that confidence of underage success and we fed off of that.

"We were eight points up with 10 minutes to go and it looked like we were home and hosed but fair play to Galway, they kept going and going. Thank God that final whistle went.

The Adare clubman then referenced a day at the back end of 2017.

"It goes back to last November when we got together and did a boxing camp and that taught us to keep driving on," he revealed.

"Look, a lot of it is also down to the cohesion between the players and management; everyone was singing off the same hymn sheet and everybody wanted to be there for the right reasons.

"That was there near the end of the game when we need to grind it out."

After the game Kyle Hayes also made reference to the boxing camp they did together as a team.

"We were boxing the heads off each other in October and now we're lifting the trophy," Hayes told RTÉ Sport.