Heavy is the head that wears the crown but Limerick boss John Kiely insists complacency will not be an issue for his All-Ireland champions as they prepare for a "cut-throat" Munster Championship.

The Treaty swept past Waterford at Croke Park to lift the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 title on Sunday and maintain the momentum that saw them end a 45-year wait for Liam MacCarthy last August.

They'll be fancied to go all the way again but first Limerick must negotiate what is certain to be another incredibly intense round-robin provincial scrap.

"This year's Munster Championship, just like last year's, is cut-throat," Kiely told RTÉ Sport.

"One result either way and you could be top of the group or you could be bottom of the group. Nobody is going to take anything for granted.

"We operate in a tight-knit group. The lads have expectations of themselves, individually and as a group. I don't think there's any greater pressure than the pressure they put on themselves."

Limerick start their Munster campaign against Cork at the Gaelic Grounds on 19 June.

They will go into that one off the back of a fine spring that culminated in another piece of silver  at the expense of the Déise. Still, the desire is there for more.

"We were delighted with the performance first and foremost," Kiely added.

"That's what you're looking for when you go to Croke Park; you want to get a good performance out of the group and if it's good enough, great. The lads really worked very, very hared. They've enjoyed this season's league campaign.

"After spending nine years in Division 1B they were very much looking forward to it since last spring.

"The boys are back playing well and enjoying their hurling. That's the most important thing. We'll push on the next month or two and get ready for the Championship."