Some observers predicted that after securing a first All-Ireland title since 1973, Limerick would struggle in 2019.

If the early signs are anything to go by, the Treaty fans have little to worry about.

John Kiely’s men are the only unbeaten side in Division 1A, with their latest victory arguably their most impressive.

A scoring glut before the interval laid the foundation for a comprehensive win over the Cats to secure a first league win over Brian Cody's men since 2006 and their first win at Nowlan Park in 22 years.

Paddy O’Loughlin, Robbie Hanley, Conor Boylan and Barry Murphy all impressed as Kiely infuses more competition to the squad, and corner back Tom Condon says that the euphoria around their Liam MacCarthy success has been a help rather than a hindrance.

"There’s a great buzz around," he told RTÉ Sport. "The county is on a high since last August and it just carried us through the winter. There’s still a great buzz and it’s reflective on the field thank God.

"Fellas are enjoying the training and working hard. You know there is a fella on your back the whole time and able to come in and do a job."

Tom Condon gets to grips with Kilkenny forward John Donnelly

The 31-year-old was in top form himself on the day, claiming a point on his way to a man-of-the-match display.

He insists the manner of the victory, rather than the win itself, was the most pleasing aspect.

"The important thing was that we put in a performance, irrelevant to what the score was. We put in a good shift. It’s early days yet.

"We’re trying to build towards championship and it’s important to get the work in."

"The opportunities came and we took them"

The goals he says arrived at the right time for a Limerick perspective as Kilkenny were giving as good as they got, but the Knockaderry club man says the Treaty men bided their time

"We stuck to the game plan and eventually it paid dividends. When things aren’t going your way, you have to stick to what we have been doing in training and that’s what we did. The opportunities came and we took them."

Was it in their minds coming down to Nowlan Park to lay down a marker?

"It was yeah. Any time you come down to Kilkenny, you expect a massive battle. You know what you are going to get and you have to up your game for it."