Player of the match Cian Lynch said he is treasuring "special" moments with this Limerick team after they retained the All-Ireland Hurling Championship for the first time by dismantling Cork at Croke Park.

Lynch gave a masterclass in hurling in the first half, scoring six times from play as well as assisting 2-04 as the holders made light work of the young Rebels.

After earning a third title in four seasons, Lynch said he feels a gratitude to be in the position of talisman of the Limerick team.

He told RTE Sport: "It goes back to growing up in Limerick, aspiring to represent your club and your county. We go on about our family and friends at home but when we go out on to the field or to training this is our family.

"Especially the last 18 months, we have each other and at the end of the day that is all we have. We walk between the white lines, fight for each other and die for each other. For these supporters that is what it is about.

"Going back to the word team, every man is on the next man's shoulders and driving them on, pushing the next man beside them.

"That is what it's all about. For any young girl or boy aspiring to represent your county in any sport, be a team player and keep driving on. Keep enjoying your hurling or your sport because life is short and this is what it's about."

Lynch is undoubtedly one of Limerick's finest ever players and a role model in the county.

Celebrations will be increased this year with fewer Covid-19 restrictions, albeit there will be some.

After such a win, thoughts turn to how many titles this Limerick team can tally.

For now, Lynch is keeping it simple: "I try to get up in the morning and be grateful that I can do so and attack the day.

"To be able to go with these lads training, have the backroom staff, have my mother and father have my gear ready, that is what it's about. It's special for your brothers, sisters, the supporters here.

"It’s a cliché, but the Limerick supporters are the best in the world."