Almost 850,000 TV viewers tuned in to watch Limerick hurlers end a 45-year wait to win the All-Ireland senior hurling final.

The Shannonsiders edged out the 2017 champions Galway by just one point after a dramatic finish in Croke Park, which attracted an average audience of 846,100 to RTÉ 2's live coverage on The Sunday Game.

The TV audience peaked at 1,007,500 at the end of the game (17.11), as Limerick managed to withstand a late Galway surge to capture the All-Ireland crown.

73% of those watching TV at the time were watching the All-Ireland final on RTÉ.

There were an additional 83,016 streams for the 2018 All-Ireland on RTÉ Player, which is a 36% increase from the 60,987 for last year's final.

John Kiely's side are due to depart Heuston Station in Dublin at 3:30pm this afternoon ahead of their homecoming celebrations this evening.

The panel were in Crumlin Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital, where they showed the Liam MacCarthy Cup to the patients.